In 1 Timothy 1, Paul urges Timothy to “charge some that they teach no other doctrine” (v.3). He then indicates the nature of their error in verse 7, “desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.”
The heretics desired to be “teachers of the law” but distorted the truth. In verse 8, Paul makes an important declaration: “But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully.” A proper understanding of the lawful uses of God’s law is a helpful corrective to the antinomian and legalistic tendencies in the church today.
The first use of the law is the civil use. Click to read more about “The Lawful Use of God’s Law”