“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” – 1 Timothy 1:5 (NLT)
From James, to Peter, and now to Paul. The common thread? Purity. Holiness. Righteousness. Genuine faith in Jesus Christ. All of them understood this basic fundamental of being a follower of Christ. Yet today in our church culture, we cringe at even the thought of these words. We have become the people that Paul wrote to Timothy about in the very next verse: “But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.” (v. 6-7)
This is exactly where we find ourselves in our modern day church culture. We have a lot of people confidently speaking what they deem to be “the truth,” but in actuality, they have no clue what they are talking about. And this is why we have so much confusion within the Body, and why so many false teachings have infiltrated our thinking. But there is no denying the Truth (the actual Truth). No matter how hard people try, the Truth will always stand as absolute. Meaning, it does not change. The idea of truth being relative to the individual person is a lie straight from hell. You are free to believe what you want, but at the end of the day, 2+2 still equals 4.
“We know that the law is good when used correctly. For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.” – 1 Timothy 1:8-11 (NLT)
The law points out sin. It gives guidance on the things that separate us from God. When we come to faith in Christ and we live godly lives according to His Spirit, the law no longer has power over us because of the Spirit working and teaching in our lives. But apart from this, the law is our condemning factor. It is the letter that shows us as guilty before God. It is good and holy, righteous and just. It is the very Word of God. And, as John tells us in John 1, the Word is God. To be in rebellion to the Word is direct rebellion to God because they are one in the same.
“All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; He alone is God. Amen.” – 1 Timothy 1:17 (NLT)