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If One Uses It Lawfully

January 16, 2015

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If One Uses It Lawfully

We look  at the Ten Commandments.     We know they are good  for everyone.     There are also many other  Old Testament laws  that are good,  in and of themselves,  when observed  in the manner  and times  they were intended  to be used.     Examples could include  circumcision  —  presenting newborn children  to the Lord  —  attending the prescribed festivals  —  proper sacrifices  —  inheritance rules,  etc.

Even though these laws  were good guides  for certain purposes,  God let the people know  from the get-go  that all  these laws  would not  give them salvation.     We are saved  —  made righteous  —  only through faith,  as we see it was  for Abraham  in Genesis 15:6.     So,  Paul teaches  in 1 Timothy 1:8-11,

But we know  that the Law  is good,  if one uses it lawfully,  realizing  the fact  that law  is not made  for a righteous person,  but for those  who are lawless  and rebellious,  for the ungodly  and sinners,  for the unholy  and profane,  for those  who kill their fathers  or mother,  for murderers  and immoral men  and homosexuals  and kidnappers  and liars  and perjurers,  and whatever else  is contrary  to sound teaching,  according  to the glorious gospel  of the blessed God,  with which  I have been entrusted.

We see  in God’s word  that the law  is good,  but it is totally unable  to save anyone.     No one  is able  to keep all  of the law perfectly,  so no matter who we are,  we are condemned eternally  because we have  all sinned  —  and sin every day.     The law condemns us  for not being perfect.     Paul said,  “the Law is good,  if one uses it lawfully.     The law is used  “lawfully”  when we simply  let it teach us   the difference  between good  and evil.

But the law is used  “unlawfully”  when we imagine  that we can keep it  good enough  to actually  be justified  in God’s eyes.     We cannot point  to our good deeds  and pretend  that they will make up  for our sins.

It is also  “unlawful”  to imagine  that if we try  really hard  to be good,  we will teach ourselves  to be good enough  (sanctified  —  made holy)  in God’s eyes.     No one  can grow spiritually  —  be sanctified  —  by attempting  to keep all  of the law.

The main purpose  of the law  is to teach  “those who are lawless  and rebellious”.     The law  of God  convicts  all the unbelievers  of their  “lawless  and rebellious”  ways.     If  and when  they come  to the point  of feeling condemned  for their evil,  they have a chance  to turn  to the Lord  for forgiveness  and be saved.     That is  the lawful use  of the law  —  to make us always turn  to God  for forgiveness  —  to learn  to have faith  in God’s salvation through Christ Jesus.

When we accept God’s forgiveness,  God’s grace leads our lives.     God’s love  changes our ways.     Therefore,  Galatians 5:18  assures us,

But  if you are led  by the Spirit,  you are not  under the Law.

When we let  God’s word  and ways  guide us,  we are not bound  to trying  to keep  the law.     God’s love guides us  into lovingly obeying.

We love,  because He first loved us.       1 John 4:19

Free  from the law,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for setting us free  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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