Wednesday, March 6, 2013

1 Timothy Bible Study Notes- Chapter 2

1 Timothy 2


-Paul’s instruction for the young pastor here in chapter two begins with prayer. Supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for all people, not just church folks, not just people we like, but ALL people saved and lost. Pray for king and rulers in authority that they may lead quiet and peaceful lives, Godly and dignified in every way (1 Timothy 2:1-3). Praying like is good in the sight of the Lord who desires ALL people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (a proof against double predestination, God has a general call on everyone’s life, 1 Timothy 2:4). Paul gets theological for a moment and announces the oneness of the Godhead with the mediator Jesus Christ who gave Himself for ALL as a testimony at the proper time (1 Timothy 2:5-6). For this Paul was made an apostle and preacher to the Gentiles in faith and truth (1 Timothy 2:7). *Application* God’s will for us is that we be inclusive rather than exclusive. He personally welcomes ALL His creation into relationship and desperately wants us to be joined to Him. This recognition of His great and awesome love should not only inspire our devotion to Him because of His mercy and gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ on the basis of faith, but it should motivate our attitude and witness towards others, even those we don’t naturally care for or think could ever become a part of His Kingdom. Have complete love for your neighbor and lift them up to the Father for a better existence in Him.

-Paul desires unity in prayer as evidenced by verse eight of chapter two. We should pray lifting holy (not profane) hands without anger, dissension, or quarreling. The women are to adorn themselves properly in modesty and with respect using self-control. He lists braided hair, gold, pearls, and costly attire as considerations to avoid when coming to worship the Lord corporately. This is Paul’s desire, which should be taken not as regulations, but as sensible and practical advice for coming before the Lord publically. *Application* The issue here is on who we want to draw attention to. Is it the Lord or ourselves? Lest we think this is just an issue of thousands of years ago, let me offer a modern day example. Led Zeppelin, the classic rock band, writes this in a song called “Hey, Hey, What Can I Do” concerning a woman who can’t stay true.


Sunday morning when we go down to church
See the menfolk standin' in line
Said they come to pray to the Lord
But my little girl, looks so fine”


The eyes of men are still fleshly and women need to adorn themselves properly in the Lord’s House with modesty and discreetness, not drawing attention to themselves.

-Paul then goes into what is proper for a woman in the church. She is to profess godliness with good works (1 Timothy 2:10). She is to learn quietly with all submissiveness, not teaching or exercising biblical authority over a man (1 Timothy 2:11-12). Paul has reservations about this issue because of Eve’s deception in the garden, and promotes the woman’s salvation through childbearing, continuing in faith, love, holiness, and self-control, which are all fruits of the Holy Spirit (1 Timothy 2:13-15). *Application* Obviously we have to interpret Scripture with Scripture here and see what the apostle means in totality. In other places Paul has expectations that women will pray, prophesy, and communicate in the public arena of corporate worship (1 Corinthians 11:4). What I believe Paul is getting at here is the issue of headship and submission to authority. This should be clearly evident from the text. This prevents the Jezebel spirit of control from coming in and destroying the order of God’s House with idolatry and pagan forms of worship that are seductive taking the focus off of the LORD. The context seems to indicate that this is the main issue. Women tend to talk more naturally than men and this can become a problem in the church when they want to take over and take control of the order of service or run the program. As long as they are submissive to the God ordained authorities in the church which are male as we will see as the letter continues (1 Timothy 3:2, 12), they should have no problems or issues with communication in the corporate setting. In short, we can see that it is the will of God that He be the center of attention rather than any human form.


Verses to Memorize- 1 Timothy 2:3-4

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