1 Timothy Message 16
In review of chapter two, we have learned of Paul’s instruction to Timothy on the –
- Conduct of the church. 1 Timothy 2:1-3:16
We have seen the instructions about –
- Prayer, beginning with supplications, prayer, and intercessions, with thanksgiving, and about those to be prayed for: the –
- People – for all men, kings, and those in authority –
1 Timothy 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.
The theme is – “…that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty…” We have learned –
- The Purpose Why should we pray? – that we may carry out the commandments of God in –
1). Peace We are to work at living in –
a). Peace from the government. “…quiet and peaceable…”
b). Peace toward fellow men. “…in all godliness and honesty.”
And that we might carry out the commandments in a manner –
2). Pleasing unto God – 1 Timothy 2:3,4
We learned that when our desire is the same as the Lord’s desire, and seek the salvation of all men, we will find that it is –
3). Profitable to reason in atmosphere of peace – 1 Timothy 2:5,6
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
And we learned –
a). The resulting dangers of reasoning in an atmosphere of anger.
Along with –
b). The resulting blessings of reasoning in an atmosphere of peace
The Truth is Good news and should be declared as much as is possible in an atmosphere of peace that –
(1). There is One God
(2). There is One Mediator
(3). There is One Payment for sin
(4). There is One Message and that it is to be –
4). Proclaimed unto all the world – 1 Timothy 2:7
We then asked the questions –
Are you saved? If you are saved –
Are you praying?
Are you proclaiming
Today we are going to make clear a portion of this letter that can be a bit confusing. It is motivated by the theme –
1 Timothy 2:2,4 …that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty …. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
In order to accomplish the purpose of God we must believe and follow these –
5). Practical actions of the believer –
We must learn –
a). The Responsibility of men in submission to the Lord –
1 Timothy 2:8-15 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
(1). We are to be public, not ashamed of our relationship with the Lord “…that men pray everywhere…”
The Lord’s command – Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
(2). We are to be pure “…lifting up holy hands…”
The warning to those that are not pure –
Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Can you imagine finding yourself in a state of extreme danger and in need of help – dialing 911 or 999 only to find that your number has been blocked because of your disdain and disregard for authority.
Are you then without hope and without help? No – God has instructed that if we call upon Him, confessing our sin and asking forgiveness, He will restore, He will hear, and He will help –
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Now, look at the wonderful benefits of being pure –
- See good in God, His Word, His Work, and His will : Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
- Serve wholeheartedly: Colossians 3:1,17 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God……..And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
- Sleep peacefully: Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
(3). We are to be peaceable “…without wrath…”
Philippians 2:13-14 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
(4). We are to be positive “…without doubting.”
Without uncertainty or anxiousness, be sure of the message and stay with it “Ye must be born again”
And we must learn –
b). The Role of women in submission to the Lord –
(1). Their Dedication
“In like manner also…”, in other words, as men are to respond to God, revealing their love and submission to Him by their lives publicly, in purity, being peaceable and positive in their attitudes and actions, women are to also respond to Him by showing their love and submission to Him through –
(2). Their decency (The dictionary definition of ‘decent’ is – marked by moral integrity, kindness, and goodwill)
“…that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
(3). Their determination
“…But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”
(4). Their desire
“…Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.”
(5). Their deference
The dictionary definition of this word is: respect and esteem due a superior or an elder. The word is used here accurately because the respect and esteem is primarily toward God and then to those He has placed in positions of responsibility and accountability to Himself.
“But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”
We will see in them –
c). The result of submission to the Lord –
Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
God is not telling us here that just because a woman has children, she is going to heaven. This statement defines the woman that loves God, is submissive to His will, and does not just accept her role in life, but delights in the role God has created her to fulfil.
This woman wants to trust and obey God, and a large part of her submission to God involves her relationship with man. We all must remember that God created woman to complete man –
Genesis 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Genesis 2:18-25 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The woman was created to complete the man. In Genesis chapter 4 we read of Eve changing her role from one of completion to one of competition. She took the leadership in the family and Adam submitted to her leadership, introducing sin into the world –
As we read –
For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”
Yet Adam was held accountable to God because he was placed in the role of leadership, which he did not perform –
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Do you see this morning that we are not saved by public prayer and praise, having children, or any other thing we do? We are saved by faith, trusting in God through His Son Jesus Christ – the death, burial, and resurrection that all men might be saved.
That which Paul stated here is how believers, praying that we might lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty, live in submission and obedience, willingly and happily unto the Lord.
A man or woman who say that they will trust God for salvation, but nothing else, they will choose how they will live their lives, is not a saved person.
A man that says that he does not have to live a holy life, a public testimony for the Lord, does not need to pray, does not need to be kind to others, had better examine his salvation!
A woman that says she will be married, but will not submit to her husband’s leadership, does not have to help him accomplish God’s will for his life, will go to church but does not have to listen to the men because she knows more than they do, had better examine her salvation.
Anyone that states “I will accept your salvation, but I will do what I want when I want”, is not saved!
This is not be judgmental, this is being honest –
Matthew 7:20-21 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Hughes wrote –
This is not about suitability for leadership. It is a statistical fact that American women read more Christian books than men and attend church in greater numbers. Women are more relationally oriented and more naturally empathetic. They are more intuitive about knowing where people are. They are more verbal, natural communicators.
This is not about power. Church leadership is not about strength; it’s about dying. That’s how Paul defined the New Covenant ministry as “always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus” sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you” (2 Cor 4:10–12).
This is about fidelity to God’s Word. This is about inviting God’s Word to shape the life of the church, rather than the intrusive winds of culture. And make no mistake about this—if the Bible does not direct the church, culture will!
This text is about living out the creation order which comes from the character of God’s goodness. We must exult with Paul, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Rom 8:31, 32). When we live out our salvation, we can expect everything we need spiritually. When we live out His creation order—it is a joyous venture.
Are you rejoicing in the Lord today? We pray that you are.
Are you saved and obedient to God?
Are you seeking others to tell them the truth of the Gospel?