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Tuesday June 30th, 2009 The Law, what is The Law? 1 Timothy 1:1-11

What is the Law? Jesus must have thought it quite important since He mentioned it more than once. Amongst the most relevant to this study are these statements made by our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.

And Jesus said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning Me.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

But what is this Law Jesus is referring to and what practical purpose does it have for us today? There is no better explanation of what is relevant in the Law to Born Again Christians than what we find Paul telling Timothy in First Timothy 1:1-11.

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our hope, unto Timothy, my own son in the faith, Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and our Lord Christ Jesus.

As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, while I went into Macedonia, so that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

Now the end of the commandment is pure love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned, from which some having swerved having turned aside unto vain preaching. Desiring to be teachers of the law; while understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. Now, we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully. 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, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and any others and any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine. According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 1 Timothy 1:1-11

So, just what exactly is the Law?

In 1897, the oldest Bible dictionary I have direct access to, the Law was defined like this. “Law of Moses is the whole body of the Mosaic legislation as referenced in (1 Kings 2:3; 2 Kings 23:25; Ezra 3:2).

It is called by way of eminence simply "the Law" (Heb. Torah, Deut. 1:5; 4:8, 44; 17:18, 19; 27:3, 8). As a written code it is called the "book of the law of Moses" in (2 Kings 14:6; Isa. 8:20), the "book of the law of God" (Josh. 24:26).

 

The great leading principle of the Mosaic law is that it is essentially theocratic; i.e., it refers at once to the commandment of God as the foundation of all human duty.”

So, the Law is, as referred to in the New Testament, the first five books of the Bible as written by God thru the pen of Moses. But, not all of the five books are all the Law. Much is devoted to telling the circumstances in which a certain part or parts of the Law came about.

For the purpose of ChristianPatriot.com, I use, when I refer to the Old Testament laws we should abide by today, the Ten Commandments, Leviticus 18,19,&20, 2 Chronicles 7:13&14, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and other parts of Old Testament Scripture that refer to us today, our morals, our dress, our speech, our actions and our worship of God. Our worship of God without certain Old Testament ceremonies, for even now I do not understand why Paul took the actions he did in a certain part of Acts chapter 21. Especially this one verse:

26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

I have no idea why Paul was willing to wait for an offering to be made for him by the priest of the temple, Jews, not Born again Jews, but the very same types of Jews he was warning Timothy about in First Timothy chapter one. Especially after Paul had left Timothy with strict instructions to rebuke those who taught the law as a manner of salvation, ignoring the fact that salvation only comes by faith. He had warned Timothy to protect the Christians, the believers, from those who would have them obey the parts of the law that dealt with ceremony, such as circumcision and animal offerings.

But, as we see by Paul’s actions in Acts 21:26, each must decide for himself or herself what they will obey of the Law and what they will ignore of the Law, but it is important to know first and foremost two things: One, salvation only comes thru faith in Christ. And two, it is important for you to know exactly what the law, the law of Moses, is. For how can you make a reasonably intelligent choice on what to obey and what to ignore if you don’t even understand what the Law is. As an example, you can ignore much of the food restrictions because of what God said to Peter in Acts chapter ten. Yet, you had best not disregard the parts of the law that deal with morals, business practices and sexual relations in Leviticus 18,19, and 20.


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