For Who Is the Law?

But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,  for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.

1 Timothy 1: 8-10

In 1 Timothy 1:8-10, the apostle Paul says that the law is good if one uses it lawfully. Paul also states that the law was not made for a righteous but for the sinner. And again has a long list of violators of the law including the lawless, insubordinate, ungodly, sinners, unholy, profane, parricide, matricides, manslayers, fornicators, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, and perjurers. In short, Paul indicates that such people are opposed to sound doctrine.

The first thing Paul says is that the law is good. The English clergyman Maurice Roberts (1938- ) explains: “The Ten Commandments are not a lead yoke around our neck, but a framework of blessing and happiness while living on Earth. Just as we cannot live without the law of gravity, we cannot live happily without the Ten Commandments. As gravity anchor us safely to our earthly home, just as the moral Law of God intended us to keep us from hurting ourselves and others.”

Rightfully, the Law of God prevents us from all dangers that we face. Among them not to fall into a false religion, protect our body and soul, tyranny and defending life, teaches us to live in chastity and prosperity, it shows us how to protect our reputation and to control our innermost thoughts. Some of the Ten Commandments are the basis of human laws whose violation could lead us into prison, and in some countries to be sentenced to death.

Now Paul also emphasizes that Law was given for the lawless and insubordinate. That is, for each of those who stray from the path indicated by God. Today, many people fascinated by the freedom to do whatever he wants. The Irish preacher Frederick Leavy (1922-2006) said: “How often we hear: ‘I have the right to do what I want with my body.’ Nothing can be further from the truth. Before the Law of God no man or woman is free to do with his or her body as he or she pleases.”

Regarding those concerned Leavy of people saying they are entitled to do with their body what they want, Paul mentions at least two that would fall into that category, and they are fornicators and sodomites. We all know that fornicators are those who practice sex outside of marriage. Sodomite refers to those who practice sodomy. And sodomy refers to certain sexual behaviors, historically used to describe the act of anal sex between homosexuals and other male homosexual practices, although it can also be used to describe heterosexual anal sex.

Today we can see that modern societies have legalized sodomy, which many see as more acceptable than preaching the gospel. The revelation that the Spirit gave Paul when he said that such people are opposed to sound doctrine is clear. That is precisely what we live today, where sodomy practitioners feel great right to require God to change His law to fit their thinking. God bless you.

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