A. The Pharisees came to Jesus with questions about what was lawful concerning putting away one’s wife (Matthew 19:1-12).
- Their motive in their “biblical questions” was to tempt Christ as they often attempted (Luke 11:53-54).
- They would use the Scriptures (Matthew 12:1-2; cf. Exodus 20:8-11).
- However, they did not seek to use them properly (Matthew 12:3-8).
- What that means is, don’t take Scriptures and move them to fit your conclusions (i.e. Matthew 22:23-32).
- It has long been a problem that people create new doctrines by perverting the truth (Galatians 1:6-7).
II. Body: I Timothy 1:1-11
A. Not giving heed to stories and things intended to render unprofitable questions (II Timothy 2:14-18 and Titus 3:9-11).
- These things turn people away from the truth (Titus 1:14).
- These unprofitable questions lead to envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, etc. Therefore, we are to withdraw ourselves from those that promote such (I Timothy 6:3-5).
- Think about how this provides the ultimate motive check (Mark 12:28-34; cf. Galatians 5:14).
- However, remember that a clear conscience is not, by itself, a safe standard (Acts 9:1 and Acts 23:1; cf. I Timothy 1:12-16).
- Any Jew could have Scripturally justified killing followers of Christ (Leviticus 24:16 and John 10:30-33) through ignorance of who Christ was even according to their law (Isaiah 9:6-7; cf. Luke 1:26-38).
- Just because someone is taught, even the truth by the best teacher, that doesn’t mean that person understands it (Matthew 15:1-20).
- Consider how some in Corinth said things, but didn’t consider what they were really affirming (I Corinthians 15:12-34).
- Understanding comes through continuous learning (Proverbs 1:5).
- Consider how many in the first century that used the Law of Moses, did not even understand that the Old Law was added because of transgressions (Galatians 3:19).
- Not using your liberties in the Law in selfish ways (I Corinthians 8:1-13).
- Not using the law of God to trap people (Mark 3:1-2).
- Not using the law of God to establish our own righteousness (Romans 9:30-10:3).
- Not using lawful things to the point of abuse (I Corinthians 7:31).
- Not using the Law of God to further the causes of strife, debate, division, etc. (II Corinthians 12:20 and Ephesians 4:14-16; cf. Romans 16:17-18).
III. Conclusion: Let’s use the law of the Lord as intended. Its intended use is for the salvation of ourselves and others (Psalms 19:7 and II Timothy 3:15).
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