1 Timothy Chapter Two
The apostle continues with his instructions to Timothy on how a local CHURCH (body of believers assembling together) should be guided.
1 Tim 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
We are to pray for ALL people, not just for our needs and for the brethren.
1 Tim 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.
We are to pray for secular rulers so that we may be at peace and have time and freedom to preach the gospel. In verse four it says that God would have ALL men (people) be saved and that is beneficial to have peace and quite and to be allowed to try and save souls.
The verse below is of a certain Jew speaking to the governor. This is an example of why we should pray for rulers.
Acts 24:2-3 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
Another reason given to pray for rulers.
Rom 13:1-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
1 Tim 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1 Tim 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
One God-one mediator-one Savior. God and Jesus Christ are ONE as spoken of earlier in the first chapter.
1 Tim 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
1 Tim 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Christ was testified, or witnessed in due time and that time was the New Testament time.
1 Tim 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, (a herald of the gospel)and an apostle, (a messenger with miraculous powers) (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. (truth)
1 Tim 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
This is where the charismatics get the raising of their hands and nothing wrong with that. We are to pray lifting up pure hands without resentment and disbelief.
1 Tim 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
Even so-likewise the women dress holy or pure. The word shamefacedness means bashfulness. It means "through the idea of downcast eyes" towards men. It means modesty toward men and reverence toward God Who gave this commandment.
The word modesty means, humility, decency, meekness, restraint and chastity.
The word chastity means innocence, purity and virtuous-- which is moral and chaste --which is self-restraining.
Now lets look at the word sobriety. This word means self-control. It means to be discreet, which means to be cautious on how you dress. It means to be mindful about how you dress. What does God say about it? What will other Christians think or say about it? What will other young men think a woman parading their legs and thighs and bare underarms and chest and shoulders?
Here is an O.T. verse speaking the same as the N.T. By the way--the O.T. was given to us as an example.
Deut 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination (hatred-loathing) unto the LORD thy God.
1 Tim 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
Women are to wear that which becometh, that it that which is characteristic of a modest Christian woman. She is to dress in a way that exhibits, shows and gives evidence of a woman that is professing, or declaring respect for herself and reverence towards God with good works.
1 Tim 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
1 Pet 3:1-5 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet (same word as silent)spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
Silence-quietness also means not too bustle or not to cause a commotion or disturbance. It also means not to rebel, revolt or oppose the role God place the woman into.
1 Tim 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
The woman is not to be a teacher of a man in the assembly. She is not to be in a role of dominance or domination. She is not to cause a commotion and bring attention to herself.
1 Tim 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
1 Tim 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Eve gave in to the temptation of Satan and Adam gave in to the temptation of his wife. Man and woman are still under the curse of sin. They are equal spiritually. They are as one in the eyes of God, but as long as they live on this earth they are to be under the rule of man. If they rebel as many women do THEY sin, and if men give them the rule as many men do, THEYsin.
God has a role for man and a role for woman and very few of either sex care to obey these rules
Prov 31:3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
A king's godly mother is telling this to her son. He should not give a man's strength or authority to a woman and he is not to live his life in a way as to destroy rulers that are ordained of God. He is not to be an rebel.
1 Tim 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
Never the less, the woman will be saved (do well) if she perform her motherly duties.