***1 Timothy 1:6-7 (NLT) 6 But some people have missed…
***1 Timothy 1:6-7 (NLT) 6 But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. 7 They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.***
Paul wrote against those who wanted to be teachers of the Law of Moses. These men taught strange philosophical theories and ideas loosely based on the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament). The false teachers at Ephesus had constructed vast speculative systems, and then they argued about the minor details of their wholly imaginary ideas! They wandered away from the gospel, the truth, and love and slipped into meaningless discussion that helped no one and, in fact, hurt the church.
Before Christ went to the cross, the Law of Moses was still in effect but after Christ went to the cross, we are released from the law so that we can serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code (Romans 7:6). But even today, most Christians still hold on to that Old Covenant code instead of the New Covenant of Grace by Christ Jesus.
We should allow nothing to distract us from the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ, the main point of Scripture. We should know what the Bible says by rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15), apply it to our life daily, and teach it to others. When we do this, we will be able to evaluate all teachings in light of the central truth about Jesus. Don’t focus on the minute details of the Bible to the exclusion of the main point God is teaching you.