FOR HIS GLORY
FOR HIS GLORY
1 Timothy 2:1-15
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
2 First of all, I encourage you to make petitions, prayers, intercessions, and prayers of thanks for all people, 2 for rulers, and for everyone who has authority over us. Pray for these people so that we can have a quiet and peaceful life always lived in a godly and reverent way. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior. 4 He wants all people to be saved and to learn the truth. 5 There is one God. There is also one mediator between God and humans—a human, Christ Jesus. 6 He sacrificed himself for all people to free them from their sins.
This message is valid for every era. 7 I was appointed to spread this Good News and to be an apostle to teach people who are not Jewish about faith and truth. I’m telling you the truth. I’m not lying.
8 I want men to offer prayers everywhere. They should raise their hands in prayer after putting aside their anger and any quarrels they have with anyone.
9 I want women to show their beauty by dressing in appropriate clothes that are modest and respectable. Their beauty will be shown by what they do,[a] not by their hair styles or the gold jewelry, pearls, or expensive clothes they wear. 10 This is what is proper for women who claim to have reverence for God.
11 A woman must learn in silence, in keeping with her position. 12 I don’t allow a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. Instead, she should be quiet. 13 After all, Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 Besides that, Adam was not deceived. It was the woman who was deceived and sinned. 15 However, she and all women will be saved through the birth of the child,[b] if they lead respectable lives in faith, love, and holiness.
Here Paul writes one of the most controversial passages, ending with a woman’s role in leadership/church/ministry.
Today, I want us to look at the whole context of this passage, though. The flow of the chapter is from prayer, to God’s desire for all to be saved, to the summary of the Gospel message, back to prayer, then to a woman’s modesty and leadership role.
If we look at that summary, we will notice that what Paul is really getting at, is that God should be honoured. This is why He places emphasis on praying for leaders, spreading the truth of the Gospel (what an awesome reminder verse 5 is as we come to the end of Easter) and living a life of modesty where attention is not drawn away from God.
How often do we live our ‘Christian’ lives in a way that doesn’t really reflect God’s grace, love, mercy, compassion, truth etc at all?
The story of the Gospel is the story of family. It’s the story of mutual care. It’s the story of justice. But at its core it’s the story of Jesus. Every thing we say and do – even our prayers – need to point to the fact that it’s all about Him. So Paul teaches Timothy to pray for people, specifically leaders and rulers over us. Why? Because that empowers them in their leadership to give God glory.
He reveals that God wants everyone to come to a knowledge of the truth, which is the Gospel. Why? Because when people receive God’s indescribable gift of salvation, people are saved.
He wants women to dress moderately in appropriate clothing. Why? Because God is not glorified when men are distracted by women’s appearance, or when the poor cannot worship because they are distracted by another person’s wealth.
Why does Paul speak about a woman’s silence and authority over man? Because at this time, women were being distracting in church by catching up on the weeks news, and arguing with their husbands about the teaching they had received. God was not honoured in this.
A CALL TO ACTION
A life worth living is a life where every moment of every day gives glory to God. That’s the ideal. That’s what we should all be striving for. It’s not an easy quest, though. And we will fail. But victory comes one step at a time. Today, identify one area where you are not glorifying God and decide to change what you need to in order to turn that into a God-glorifying part of your life.
A PRAYER TO PRAY
God today I want to commit this part of my life to you…………….. I know that I do not glorify you through this and I ask that you would help me to change what I need to so that you will be glorified through my life. In Jesus name, for Your glory. Amen.