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๐Ÿ‘‘ The Motives Of Law And Grace

โ€œDesiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirmโ€ (I Timothy 1:7).

Since โ€œwe are not under law, but under graceโ€ (Rom.ย 6:15), what possible motive could someone have to teach the law? Well, in Paulโ€™s day, the men most likely to desire to cling to the law were Jews (Acts 15:1). Speaking of them, Paul told Titus:

โ€œโ€ฆthere are many unruly and vain talkersโ€ฆof the circumcisionโ€ฆwho subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucreโ€™s sakeโ€ (Titusย 1:10,11).

The thing that these circumcision Jews โ€œought notโ€ to have been teaching was the law, which they taught for the same reason men teach the law todayโ€”because there isย money in it.ย Satan always makes sure that undispensational truth isย popular, and teaching what is popular is always a lucrative endeavor!

For instance, in time past, Godโ€™s message to Israel was that He was going to use Nebuchadnezzar to conquer the nation to chasten her for her iniquities (Jer. 25:9). But false prophets in Israel were assuring Godโ€™s people it would never happen, that they would continue to enjoy peace (Jer.ย 23:17). Which of those two messages do you think was more popular, and thus more lucrative?

Of course, when Israel was obedient to Godโ€™s law, His message to themย wasย a message of peace, but when they rebelled against His law, that message becameย one dispensation too late. Well, todayย the lawย is one dispensation too late, but it is as popular and as profitable as undispensational teaching has always been. People are religious by nature, and the law appeals to their religious โ€œfleshโ€ (Gal. 3:3). And that which appeals to a manโ€™sย religiousย flesh is always going to be as popular and as lucrative a business as that which appeals to hisย carnalย flesh (II Cor.ย 11:20).

When Paul added that those teachers of the law understood โ€œneither what they say, nor whereof they affirm,โ€ that was a polite way of saying they didnโ€™t know what they were talking about! All because they were one dispensation too late in their teaching. Whatโ€™s that say about all those โ€œdesiring to be teachers of the lawโ€ in our own day?

Maybe you are thinking, โ€œIf the goal of the law is to get us to love God and our neighbor (I Tim. 1:5), and weโ€™re not under the law, does that mean God doesnโ€™t want us to love God and our neighbor?โ€ Of course He does! But now such loving charity is the goal of aย newย commandment. You see, when Paul said that โ€œthe end of the commandment is charityโ€ (I Tim. 1:5), he wasnโ€™tย justย referring to the goal of theย tenย commandments.

Remember, Paul opened this epistle by insisting that he was an apostle โ€œby theย commandmentย of Godโ€ (I Tim. 1:1), and in the dispensation of grace, the goal ofย thatย commandment is charity out of a pure heart. The goal of Paulโ€™s God-ordained apostleship is to get people saved and loving God and their neighbor, just as it was under the law. The difference is, in this dispensation, โ€œthe love of Christ constraineth usโ€ to serve Him (II Cor.ย 5:14), not the fear of what will happen to us if we disobey Him, as was the case under the law. Thatโ€™s the motivation of love, not law! Thatโ€™s the motivation of grace. source

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