Saturday, January 23, 2016

God's Law Is Intended For The Non-Righteous

The Apostle Paul, speaking to Timothy said:

1 Timothy 1: 

8Of course, we know that the Law is good if a person uses it legitimately, 9that is, if he understands that the Law is not intended for righteous people 

but for lawbreakers and rebels, for ungodly people and sinners, for those who are unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers, their mothers, or other people, 10for those involved in sexual immorality, for homosexuals, for kidnappers,for liars, for false witnesses, and for whatever else goes against the healthy teaching 11that agrees with the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
  • The Law is not intended for righteous people. They should be fleeing from sin.
  • The Law is for the non righteous. 

12I thank the Messiah Jesus, our Lord, who gives me strength, that he has considered me faithful and has appointed me to his service. 13In the past I was a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a violent man. But I received mercy because I acted ignorantly in my unbelief14and the grace of our Lord overflowed toward me, along with the faith and love that are in the Messiah Jesus. 15This is a trustworthy saying that deserves complete acceptance:k
To this world Messiah came,
sinful people to reclaim.
I am the worst of them. 16But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the worst sinner, the Messiah Jesus might demonstrate all of his patience as an example for those who would believe in him for eternal life. 17Now to the King Eternal—the immortal, invisible, and only God—be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen.

Paul never gives professing believers an excuse to sin. On the contrary Paul tells us:
  •  1What should we say, then? Should we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2Of course not! How can we who died as far as sin is concerned go on living in it? Romans 6 ISV

John told us:
  • 5This is the message that we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness—none at all! 
  • 6If we claim that we have fellowship with him but keep living in darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. 
  • 7But if we keep living in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 
  • 8If we say that we do not have any sin, we are deceiving ourselves and we’re not being truthful to ourselves. 
  • 9If we make it our habit to confess our sins, in his faithful righteousness he forgives us for those sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. 
  • 10If we say that we have never sinned, we make him a liar and his word has no place in us. 1 John 1 ISV

Brothers and Sisters, we are saved by grace through faith to do good works. Sin should not control us. We are to walk in the Spirit. We are responsible for how we live our lives! We must practice holiness, confessing sins quickly and abandoning them!  WARNING!: This is impossible if you fill your mind by watching and listening to the filth on TV, radio, and other media and are not in the Word of God and seeking to obey God.

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