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I Timothy Chapter 2

Memory verses for this week:  2 Sam 22:47  The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. 

Introduction:  Last week Paul exhorted young Timothy to stand strong in the faith.  He explained how that the Law never brought righteousness, but was our schoolmaster to show us our position as lost sinners before God.   He charged Timothy to mark those who were false teachers and to turn from them.

I.  Who The Christian Should Pray For

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

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.

1 Tim 2:3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

The prayer life of the people of God comes far short of that which God has commanded.     We are told to pray without ceasing.

1 Th 5:17  Pray without ceasing.

1 Th 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Dan 6:10  Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Daniel prayed faithfully three times a day.   Verse 1 says we should pray for all men.  We certainly should pray for our leaders and those in authority.  In proverbs, we are told that the heart of the kings are in the hand of the Lord.

Prov 21:1  The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Prov 8:15  By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

Rom 13:3  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:

Rulers are supposed to be for the protection of law abiding citizens.  They should see that evil is punished when they do their job properly.  When we live in a peaceful environment, God’s desire is for us to lead a quiet and peaceful life.   Everything mentioned in these verses is good and acceptable in God’s. 

II.  God’s Will for Man

1 Tim 2:4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Note the two truths in verse 4.   God desires that all men be saved.   Secondly, God wants all to come to 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;

1 Tim 2:6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

There is only one true God, and that is Jehovah God.  The eternal one which is made up of the three part Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Baal and all other false gods are not real but idols made from man’s hands.   There is one and only one mediator between man and God, and that is Jesus Christ.  Jesus gave himself a ransom for all when he died for us on Calvary.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1 Tim 2:7  Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

Paul was ordained a preacher and an apostle.  Paul was the apostle unto the Gentiles.

Gal 1:16  To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

Gal 2:7  But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

Gal 2:8  (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

Gal 2:9  And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

III.  The Manner in Which Men and Women Should Serve God

1 Tim 2:8  I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

This verse teaches that men should pray everywhere.   When we pray, we should believe God will answer our prayers and have no doubts about it.

Mat 17:14  And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

Mat 17:15  Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is a lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

Mat 17:16  And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

Mat 17:17  Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

Mat 17:18  And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

Mat 17:19  Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

Mat 17:20  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Albert Barnes said this about verse 8 in Barnes Notes on the New Testament.

That men pray everywhere—Not merely in the temple, or in other sacred places, but in all places. The Jews supposed that there was special efficacy in prayers offered at the temple in Jerusalem; the pagan also had the same view in regard to their temples—for both seemed to suppose that they came nearer to God by approaching his sacred abode. Christianity teaches that God may be worshipped in any place, and that we are at all times equally near him. The direction here given that men should pray, in contradistinction from the duties of women, specified in the next verse, may be intended to imply that men should conduct the exercises of public worship.

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;

1 Tim 2:10  But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

Women are to take their service to the Lord seriously.  A lady of humility and integrity is of great value to the Lord when she serves with faith.

IV.  The Woman’s Place in the Church

1 Tim 2:11  Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

1 Tim 2:12  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

God did not intend for women to be preachers or teaching men in adult classes.  Many women with good intentions have taken positions in some churches because men would not do the job.    God is not limited when we put God’s plan in place and follow it.  Verse 11 says women are to learn in silence in the church.  Verse 12 goes on to say that women are not to teach  or usurp authority over the man.  “Britannica Dictionary defines ‘usurp’ as “To seize and hold the office, rights,  or power of another without right or legal authority.”

1 Cor 14:34  Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

1 Cor 14:35  And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

1 Tim 2:13  Adam was first formed, then Eve.

1 Tim 2:14  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

1 Tim 2:15  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

God made Adam first and then formed Eve.  This shows Adam was the head of Eve.  The head of every woman is her husband.

1 Cor 11:3  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

In Genesis Chapter 3, we find that the woman was the deceived by  Satan, but Adam sinned when he ate of the fruit also  Adam had a direct command from God to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Verse 15 does not teach that a woman can be saved by bearing children. It simply means that the women shall live indirectly in her children if they prove to be worthy and live for the honor of God. 

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