The Law Is Good, But The Gospel Is Glorious

The Law Is Good, But The Gospel Is Glorious

But 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 menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be 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 1:8–11) 

            Brothers, the law is good. It is just and holy. The law shows us our sins and opens our eyes to our condemnation before God (Romans 3:19-21;Galatians 3:22). The law is from God. It is definitely good and has a good use.

            The greatest use of the law is to point us to Jesus. The law is like a school teacher in that it is designed to educate us regarding our need of a Savior, and then to show us that Savior (Galatians 3:24).

            This being so, the law is good; but the gospel is glorious. The law is a means to an end; but the gospel of Christ is the end to which the law points. That is why Jesus tells us that the Scriptures testify of Him (John 5:39).

            This being so, let us teach and preach the law; but let us not do so in order that men might be holy, but in order that men might see their need of Jesus and trust Him. The ten commandments are indeed good, but only when they remind us of our need for Jesus to save us from our sins and make us holy. The law is indeed good, but the gospel is glorious.

The Goal Of Our Ministries

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:” (1 Timothy 1:5)

Brothers, let us realize the goal of our preaching in the church. There are many ideas about what should be preached, and to what end. What is the goal of the pastor’s preaching to be? It is to be love.

Love is often considered by many to be a weak substitute for godliness. The truth is that love fulfills the law and is the first and second of all commandments (Romans 13:8-10;Matthew 22:35-40. It is only by love that we can truly help our brethren by bearing their burdens (Galatians 6:1-3). It is only by love that we are demonstrated to be the followers of Jesus (John 13:34-35). It is by love that we know that we are saved (1 John 3:14).

Brothers, we must abandon worldly ideas and ways, even when they are framed in religious terms (This is what we saw in the first four verses of this chapter.), and yield to the Word of God as the authority for our ministries; and God’s Word commands us to teach and preach that God expects love out of us.

There are those who will oppose us in this teaching. They will bring to bear many texts of Scripture to support their contentions. Do not be dismayed by this, as we are told by Paul that they have a fundamental problem: they don’t know what they are talking about. They lack understanding of God’s Word (1 Timothy 1:5-7). Those who miss love miss everything (1 Corinthians 16:22;1 John 4:7-8).

Our teaching should be saturated with the love of God, our preaching should always point toward loving God, and the result should be that the love of God would be shown by us to those around us.

Brothers, the goal of the law is to bring us to Christ that we might by Him love God and one another, and this should be what we aim for in our preaching ministries.