In 1 Timothy Chapter 2, once again, Paul is talking to Timothy. He urges that all petitions, prayers, and also thanksgiving be available for all people including kings, as well as others that have authority. This was to be so the people could live quiet, peaceful, lives in holiness and godliness. Paul said this was not only good, but that it also was very pleasing to God, our Savior.
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One Mediator – Jesus Christ
Paul goes on to say that there is only one God, along with one mediator (Jesus Christ) between humankind and God. Jesus gave Himself to save all people. This has been witnessed at the appropriate time. And, for this reason, Paul says that he was appointed as an apostle and herald. Paul states that he is telling the truth and is not a liar, but a faithful and true teacher for the Gentiles.
Instructions for Prayer and Attire
Paul explains that men everywhere were to pray by lifting up their holy hands with no anger. Paul also wanted women to dress very modestly with propriety and decency. He did not want them to have fancy hairstyles, pearls, gold or even expensive clothes. By their good deeds, it would be appropriate for women to profess that they worshiped God.
Paul’s Instructions for Women
Paul told Timothy that women should study in quietness, as well as in full submission. Paul did not allow women to teach or even to have authority over men and he emphasized that women needed to be quiet during a church service.
He said this was because Adam was created first, not Eve. Adam was not deceived but it was the woman, Eve. She had been deceived and then she became a sinner. He says that women can and will be saved by means of childbearing, as long as they continued their faith, holiness, and love with propriety.
1 Timothy 2 (King James Version)
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 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.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
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.
8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
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;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.