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.”
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.