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.

Stay (1 Timothy 1:3)

1 Timothy 1:3

As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia…” (1 Timothy 1:3)


The apostle bids his beloved son in the faith to abide at Ephesus. Having left that city for another, Paul pled with Timothy to stay.

Let us consider this very important issue of staying.


  • Ephesus was a wicked city full of idolaters, yet Timothy was to stay.


  • Ephesus was a city with many people who were opposed to the gospel, yet Timothy was to stay.


  • Ephesus was a city in which there was a riot in opposition to the gospel, yet Timothy was to stay.




Many times pastors today get the fever to move. Their bags often remain half packed, and a running account may be kept with the moving company. The grass appears to be so much greener on the other side of the fence. Brother, I encourage you to not have a roving eye, but to stay.


Often we find ourselves fighting against deeply entrenched traditions that actually hinder progress in the work of the Lord. Brother, I encourage you to be patient and to seriously consider staying.


Sometimes we find in the church that there are harmful issues that are many decades old, and we consider that it may be easier to move on to another place. The reality is that there could be much of which you are unaware at the new place. Therefore, brother, I beg you to contemplate staying.


At other times there are doctrinal problems that exist in a church and it seems as if we will not be able to root them out. Once again, the words of the apostle are so wise: “I besought thee to abide…”


The trials of being a pastor are often wearing, and one often feels depressed, discouraged, and quite alone. The Master who has called you is with you. Do not give us. Unless you are absolutely certain that Christ has bid you otherwise, STAY.


Should you choose to stay, you may very well get to baptize some of those who now give you the most heartache. You may be blessed to lead their children to the Savior. It may be that you see many children born, and then find that you are blessed to begin to see them saved and baptized.


Should you choose to stay, it is very possible that you are blessed to live graciously before the people and to win them to the way of holiness. In the midst of it all, you will probably find that you have made some of the best friends that you could ever have.


The reward is not to the comfortable, but to the faithful. Therefore I encourage you to stay.


These are but a few of the reasons that we should not easily give up and move on. Brother, I beg you to stay!



Addendum (Brother Michael Thornton):

Stay… Because there is a charge to keep, vs 3, 18, 19 Because there is a faith to build, v 4 Because there is a love to live, v 5 Because there is a gospel that frees, v 11 Because there is a faithfulness that is entrusted, v 12 Because there is a grace of abundance, v 14 Because there is a pattern to be followed, v 16 Because there is a King to be honored, v 17