1 TIMOTHY 2

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1 Timothy 2:1-4

ABOUT PRAYER

PRAYER IS A PRIORITY Vs. 1

1 Timothy 2:1- I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

 

PRAYER IS POINTED Vs. 2

1 Timothy 2:2 - For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

 

PRAYER IS PLEASING Vss. 3-4

1 Timothy 2:3-4 - For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; [4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

 

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1 Timothy 2:1-4

THE WIDENESS OF PRAYER

 

God never intended us to be narrow in the scope or our prayers.

Philippians 4:6 tells us we can pray for everything that is of concern

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us. In these verses we are reminded of:

 

THE BROAD VARIETY OF PRAYER - Vs. 1 - supplications,

prayers, intercessions, giving of thanks.

 

THE BROAD OBJECTS OF PRAYER - Vss. 1-2 - All men, kings, all

in authority, so that we can lead a quiet and peaceable life in

godliness and honesty.

 

THE BROAD DESIRE OF GOD - Vss. 3-4 - That all will be saved

and come to the knowledge of the truth. Of course, not all will be

saved, because not all will turn to Christ. But the more we pray, the

better the conditions will be to see folks come to Christ. God wants

everyone to receive Christ!

 

 

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1 Timothy 2:1-8

GOD'S PROGRAM FOR THIS MILLENNIUM

 

People differ as to when the new millennium begins. Some say it began on January 1, 2000, others say that it will begin January 1, 2001. Whenever it begins, God has a program for it until Jesus comes again.

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS - Vss. 1, 2, 8

God's purposes are accomplished as God's servants pray. They are to be praying for all men, especially for all leaders so that they can lead a godly life in peace.

 

THE PURPOSE OF GOD - Vss. 3-4

Such godly living on the part of saints will attract the unsaved and challenge them to come to Christ (Matthew 5:14-16). God's purpose is that all will be saved. He wants to see people trust his Son as Savior. Not all will, but it is God's purpose none the less.

 

THE PRICE PAID BY CHRIST - Vss. 5-6

There is only one person who can mediate between man and God. That person is God's Son. By dying for sin He made it possible for all to be reconciled to God.

 

THE PROCLAMATION OF PAUL - Vs. 7

Paul was called to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to an unsaved world, especially to the Gentiles. We are also called to proclaim the Gospel. Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, 1 Peter 3:15

 

 

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1 Timothy 2:1-8

PRAYING EVANGELISTICALLY

 

We are to pray for those who are without Christ.

 

THE PRIORITY OF EVANGELISTIC PRAYER - Vss. 1-2a

We are to pray for all men, especially for leaders.

 

THE PURPOSE FOR EVANGELISTIC PRAYER - Vss. 2b-4

God would have us lead a quiet and peaceable life so we can witness to those who God wants to be saved.

 

THE PREMISE FOR EVANGELISTIC PRAYER - Vss. 5-7

There is one way to Heaven secured by the work of Christ on the cross.

 

THE PURITY OF EVANGELISTIC PRAYER

We are to life up "holy hands" without wrath or doubting. God answers prayer that come from a pure heart.

 

 

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1 Timothy 2:8-15

ORDER IN THE CHURCH

 

1 Corinthians 14:33 - For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

 

The context of 1Timothy 2:8-15 is public worship. In verses 1-7 Paul had given a challenge to prayer. Now, he gives some behavioral instructions, for the sake of order, to men and women for behavior during the church services.

 

ACTION - Vs. 8

 

The specific challenge is to the men in the congregation, but this does not excuse women from praying as well. I think that the words, In like manner also in verse 9 show us there is a place for women to pray in the church.

 

This word everywhere means in every place. That is, wherever the church is gathered men should be praying.

 

Concerning public prayer, we need to see happen what happened in the first century church. Acts 4:31

 

This action of prayer is to by men who lift up holy hands.

I want to emphasize that our hands are to be spiritually clean when we pray.

The word holy here means unpolluted.

This means that the person who prays should have no unjudged sin in the life.

He should not be professing one thing on Sunday, and living in ungodliness the rest of the week. Psalm 66:18

 

The action of public prayer is also to practiced without wrath.

When we pray there should be no anger. James 1:20

 

The action of prayer is also to be without doubting.

The word doubting here means "disputations, reasonings, skeptical questions or criticisms."

 

ACTION

ADORNMENT

 

Vs. 9 - The word "adorn" means "to order or arrange". The women were to order or arrange their clothes in a modest way. The word "modest" means decent or orderly.

 

"Shamefacedness" means modest, " the avoiding of extremes".

The Christian woman is not to go to extremes of wearing sensual or suggestive clothes. Nor is she to go the extreme of trying to look artificially glamorous. Nor is she to go to the extreme of purposely trying to look drab or dull.

 

Sobriety simply means to have good sense. Thus the Christian woman is to dress sensibly.

 

This next phrase not with broided hair, or gold or pearls, or costly array: is not outlawing hair-styles, or jewelry or expensive clothes. He is simply saying that the effort a woman makes should not be towards these things.

 

A Christian woman should strive to look modestly attractive for the glory of God, but she should not go to extremes in hairstyle, clothes or jewelry.

 

Vs. 10 - Here, Paul is telling the ladies what the major emphasis should be in their lives concerning adornment. Instead of concentrating on clothes, and jewelry and hairdo, they are to concentrate on that which is becoming of a woman who is a professing Christian.

Your life is to be adorned with good works! Examples: Martha, Dorcas, Phoebe, Lydia

 

ATTITUDE - Vs. 11

 

These next verses will not throw you if you understand the context.

The context is not the superiority of men and the inferiority of women. Galatians 3:27-28

In Jewish and Greek culture of Paul's day women had few rights. They were often mistreated. And yet God has always wanted women to have positions of honor within the family and church. Proverbs 31:30, 1 Peter 3:7, 1 Timothy 5:3

 

The context of this passage is order. There are certain things God prescribes for the sake of order.

The woman is to learn quietly. She is not to cause a "stir". She is not to be leaning over, whispering, asking questions of her husband. She is not be leaning over, talking, taking issue with what the preacher is saying. When participation is asked for by the speaker in a public meeting, I feel that the ladies have just as much right to participate as the men.

 

The woman is to learn in subjection. It is the same word used for a woman's subjection to her husband in Ephesians 5:22.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

 

This word is a military word that means to "rank under".

A woman learns submissively in church and follows the leadership of her husband, not because she is inferior, but because God has decided for the sake of order, she is outranked.

 

AUTHORITY - Vss. 12-14

 

Vs. 12 - God has ordained that in the church the men are to practice leadership.

Therefore the ladies are not to teach men in the public meetings of the church. Remember public meetings are the context.

 

Should women teach?

Why, of course!

Ladies can teach children fellow ladies certain practical truths better than any man can. Titus 2:3-5

 

And, on a one to one basis, a woman can instruct a man in Bible truths, and yes I believe that a woman can instruct her husband in the private of their own home. Acts 18:24-26

 

Vss. 13-14 - We have two reasons for the order that God has established.

 

First, there is the reason of order. Man was formed before woman. Therefore, woman is to naturally follow man's leadership.

 

Second, Eve was fooled by Satan. Adam was not, but sinned in the garden anyway.

 

By taking leadership over the man, she ate first and then gave to her husband to eat."

 

ADVANTAGE - Vs. 15

 

This is a very difficult verse with many possible interpretations.

I do not believe that Paul is talking about salvation of the soul here.

But I do believe he is telling us something about the results of a woman's ministry at home.

 

If a woman accepts her role in the church and leads a life of faith, love, holiness, and self-restraint, she will raise godly children. There is no greater privilege in the whole world than to bring up the next generation to the glory of God.

 

If the teachings in these verses are followed there will certainly be ORDER IN THE CHURCH.

 

 

 

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