Using the Law Lawfully
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 25, 2021)

In the apostle Paul’s first epistle to the young evangelist Timothy, we read…

1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

So how does one use the Law lawfully?

Well, for one, he does not apply the Law to those to whom the Law does not apply…the saved in Christ.

1 Timothy 1:9 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,

1 Timothy 1:10 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;

1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

The Law is not made for the righteous man, (we are made righteous in Christ Jesus through our faith in Him and through His shed blood) but for the unrighteous and ungodly.

Besides being 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 menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, the Law is also for those who teach contrary to sound doctrine. (Example: teachers of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine fit this category, for the monetary tithe requirement is indeed contrary to sound doctrine)

Just as the apostle Paul used the Law to expose lawlessness during his ministry, Christians should use the Law lawfully…

…to correct the lawless and disobedient, the ungodly and sinners, the unholy and profane, the murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, the manslayers, the whoremongers, those that defile themselves with mankind, the menstealers, liars, perjured persons, and those who teach contrary to sound doctrine.