The law is good (1 Tim. 1:8)

“We know

That the law

Is good,

If one uses it legitimately.”

Οἴδαμεν δὲ ὅτι καλὸς ὁ νόμος, ἐάν τις αὐτῷ νομίμως χρῆται,

Paul said, “We know (Οἴδαμεν) that (δὲ ὅτι) the law (ὁ νόμος) is good (καλὸς), if one (ἐάν τις) uses (χρῆται) it legitimately (νομίμως).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word νομίμως, that means rightly or lawfully.  Paul had nothing against the Jewish Torah as long as it was used correctly.  The Mosaic law had a subordinate role to play in following Jesus Christ.  They were to follow the moral precepts of the Old Testament decalogue.  Thus, there was a rightful legitimate lesser role for the Hebrew Bible in the Christian life.  However, these false teachers in Ephesus were not using the Septuagint Greek Bible legitimately.  How do you use the Old Testament?

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