Category Archives: God’s Law

God’s Law: What it is Not

1 Timothy 1:8 states, “But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully.” This verse indicates that the law is good but it also implies that the law can be misused. People sometimes apply the law in an “unlawful” way—a way that is contrary to God’s intention. Perhaps the worst misuse of the law of God is when people think that they can earn a place in heaven by obedience to the law. This is simply not true. Since the fall of man into sin, it has never been appropriate to try to use the law to save yourself. The law itself tells us this; for it is the law that specified the need for blood atonement (e.g., Leviticus 17:11), which points to the work of Christ on the Cross (Colossians 2:17).

God’s Law: Introduction

Do you love the law of God?  King David wrote, “O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.”  (Psalm 119:97).  Christians like to think about God’s love, His mercy, and His grace.  We are quick to be grateful for God’s forgiveness when we break His law (and we should be grateful for this of course).  But when was the last time you thanked God for His law?  God’s law is good and was given for our benefit.  God gave us commandments not to encumber us, but to free us so that we can enjoy our lives as fully as possible.  God knows how the universe works; after all, He made it.  And He gave us some instructions in His Word about how the universe works and how we are to behave if we are going to fully enjoy God’s blessings in our lives.