Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 20

... continuing with the word study on "law" ...

1Ti 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope,
1Ti 1:2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
1Ti 1:3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines,
1Ti 1:4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.
1Ti 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
1Ti 1:6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion,
1Ti 1:7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.
1Ti 1:8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
1Ti 1:9 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 mothers, for murderers
1Ti 1:10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,
1Ti 1:11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

[Note: Much is made of these few verses; by churchy folk, as well as anti-missionaries (those who wish to deny Yeshua). But this simple letter to Timothy, from Paul, is a reminder to the congregation at Ephesus to continue in the instruction (Torah) and ignore divisive people. I've also had church folk tell me these verses are a repudiation of Torah! They quote verse 9. Verse 9, however, simply restates what Paul has stated in previous letters. The Law exists to show us what sin is. If is useful for the sinner. A "righteous" person (one who follows the Torah already) does not need the Law to correct him. The very term, "righteousness" means; "right standing in Torah"!]


Later, in Titus, this comes up again.

Tit_3:9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless
Tit 3:10 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning,
Tit 3:11 knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.


For more on this subject, please watch this short vid from 119 ministries.



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