“We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers ~ and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which He entrusted to me.”
We aren’t under the law as a “covenant of works,” per se, but to teach us what is sin and what is duty. God’s grace changes men’s hearts, but fear of the law will keep us from sinning. The law isn’t for the righteous because if we could keep the law, righteousness would be measured by it. It’s made for wicked people to restrain them and keep them in check. The law never disappears. There is no escaping it.
Here’s the blunt truth of it. All sinners are equally bad. They’re the same. It doesn’t matter if you’re a murderer or if you’ve just lied a few times. We don’t think lying is as bad as killing someone, but in God’s book it’s all sin. They’re all breaking the law, and sinners all receive the same punishment. “The ungodly.” “The unholy.” They’re all labeled. And “whatever else is contrary.” If it’s not part of God’s doctrine, it’s sin, because after all, He wouldn’t just forget to put something in there, would He?
The blessed God. Blessed. He is blessed. He is infinitely happy in His perfection. The blessed God. There is only One.
The gospel, God’s doctrine and laws, is the only sound doctrine, and He trusts His people to be obedient to it. His glory is shown in His gospel, where Jesus represents it. The gospel is not only God giving us His power, but also Him trusting us to use it for His glory. But why should God entrust His gospel with us? Why should we get the honor of preaching it? Because it’s obvious we’re not worthy of it. No one is. But He loves people so much that He’s willing to overlook that and let His Son die for us. That makes us worthy.