March 31st, 2019
The Law was Made for Sinners
1 Timothy 1:9-10 (KJB) Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.
The law of God was created to show mankind his sinful nature. The law is for pointing out our many infractions standing in opposition to the goodness and grace of God.
Grace, on the other hand, is for the truly righteous. Grace is for those who are in spiritual agreement with God about the nature of sin and whose heart eternally belongs to God. Grace is the opposite intention of the spiritual strictness of God’s Law.
These verses from 1st Timothy contain a litany of sinful behavior identified as such because they violate the law of God. These dirty deeds range from murder to lying to sodomy and collectively include anything and everything which is contrary to the holiness and righteousness of God. This laundry list of sin given to Moses by the hand of God was for pointing to the righteousness of God and for our learning and spiritual growth.
The law produces two types of professing Christians in this world: “Legalistic Larry” who chooses to live in obligation or duty to God. While “Grace-filled Gary” understands he cannot fulfill the law of God himself and humbly resides himself to living under the power and presence of God.
It is true, God is the only one who can perfectly meet, or fulfill, the law of sin. One kind of man, “Grace-filled Gary,” agrees with God about the nature of sin while the other, ‘Legalistic Larry,” misses the point altogether about the nature of sin and chooses to live according to his own works (Ephesians 2:8-10) and fails miserably short in his own attempts to meet and exceed the law of God.
The law points to the wickedness, choices, and actions of sin naturally at work in every spiritually lost heart. The law is valuable in drawing man to Christ, but each person must choose to hear and agree with God about the nature of sin. Only God can cover a man with His eternal nature, blanketing him in grace, only then can he fulfill the law.