The First Use Of The Law: Word of the Week

Law: First Use
The first use of the law is for non-believers and believers.  It regulates the horizontal realm.  It limits sin through threats of punishment and promises of favor.  The first use of the law coerces us or entices us into proper 'external' behavior.  The first use of the law prevents us from doing stupid things to ourselves and others in society.  The first use of the law makes life tolerable in a sinful world.  The first use of the Law cannot grant salvation.  
Example:  Police use the coercive/curbing force of the Law to keep order in parts of society for which they are responsible.
The first use of the Law is also known as: the Curb, Civil Law, Political Law.   
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