“For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions” (1 Timothy 1:6-7).
Please note that this is also what is happening today, Timothy was instructed by Paul to avoid some others. Solomon was right, there is nothing new under the sun. The law does its job when we are rightly convicted and come under the condemnation that is rightly ours. We then repent and fall upon Jesus, and in Him and Him alone we have hope. We are saved by faith, not works. Avoid those who wrangle over the law.
Lord, this sounds so simple until I too start wrangling over the law. You have come to save us, and we all need saving. Lead me, Lord, so that in You I would have the hope which is mine through grace. Guide me now and always to see through all those who do not tackle the real issue – our sin – but seek to justify sin with legal pronouncements. Guide me in the Gospel truth always.
Lord Jesus, You alone have been able to lead the perfect life. You alone were able to perfectly do the Father’s will. You alone were able to pay the price, not for Your sin, but ours. Lead me, O Lord, in the way of the Gospel so that I would not fall into the temptation of telling others how you do this, but would tell them that You have done this for them. Lead me to be a witness to the Gospel and hold to the Truth of Your testimony. Amen.