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If One Uses It Lawfully

September 14, 2016

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If  One Uses It  Lawfully

There are many things  that are very good  “if one uses it lawfully”.     Examples could include:   traffic speed laws  —  laws for setting a fire  —  laws  for building a business  —  even fishing,  which has to be licensed.

The same goes for all  of the stated laws  in the Old Testament.     Most  of those laws pertained  to the sacrifices they made  for the atonement  of their sins  and how the priests had  to handle the holy things  in the temple.     Those were good laws  before the Savior,  Christ Jesus,  became the ultimate,  perfect sacrifice  that atones  for all  of our sins.

So,  those laws were good  at that time,  and even the Ten Commandments  are a good guide today  for our daily behavior  and learning  what love  towards God  and our neighbor   should look like.

But,  we don’t insist  on using  the Old Testament laws today  for making sacrifices  for our sins.     That is because Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice,  and disregarding Jesus’s sacrifice  would be a sin today.

So,  the apostle Paul  explained the goodness  of the law  in pointing out sin,  and then he pointed out God’s grace  in Christ Jesus  in forgiving all our sins  through faith  in Christ.     Then  he said  in 1 Timothy 1:8-9,

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…

The law shows people their sinful nature,  pricks their conscience  when tempted,  and burdens them  with guilt  to straighten out their bad behavior.

Sadly,  many people do not use the law  “lawfully”  when they make up their own laws  that do not agree  with God’s word,  mercy,  love,  and grace.     Paul grew up bound  to many laws  that made him into a legalistic tyrant  towards others.     But,  when he learned God’s grace  and forgiveness  through faith  in Christ,  he experienced  a love he had never known.

It was a relief  that enabled him  to love  and live  in the freedom  of God’s love.     As we trust  in Jesus,  may we joyfully use  the law  “lawfully”  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for teaching us  Your ways.”

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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