8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers,[a] liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound[b] doctrine, 11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. 1 Timothy 1:8-11
Too often rules and laws have a negative connotation – they get a bad rep. So when we think of the Law of Moses we want to think bad things about the Law as well. We need to better understand the purpose for the Law. God’s intention for the law is not so we can find loopholes to God’s will. If we look through Scripture and say, “The Bible doesn’t say anything about porn, or abortion; and everyone in Scripture drinks wine, ” and then we use those observations to watch porn, engage in risky sex, and get drunk then we are using the Law unlawfully. This is not the Law’s purpose. The purpose of the Law is to say if you will avoid these things, as best you can and spend time serving others, and stop focusing so much on yourselves then we create space in our lives for growing closer to God. the argument for the Law no longer being necessary through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit lives inside each of the Children of God. The spirit convicts and conforms our souls the way the Law convicted our minds of our actions. The goal has always been to grow closer to God. However, those who don’t just slip up, but actually practice profanity, sexual immorality, and homosexuality – who participate in the sex slave trade, liars and all other things contrary to the love of God are in fact running away the one who can grant true joy, real and lasting pleasure, and an inner peace worth having.
In His Peace,