1 Timothy 2
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.
Paul has made clear to Timothy the spiritual needs of the church. How was Timothy to begin? “First of all, pray” (v.15). This is how we must always begin. Look at Jesus’ example: As He came up out of the waters of baptism He knelt and prayed. Then He was led into the wilderness where He communed with God by contemplation and prayer. Today, when the forces of antichrist work to be in control of all things human, we too need to pray.
We are to pray for ourselves and that those in authority will uphold freedom and justice for all citizens. Ask to be driven by God’s motives. He desires that every person be saved. Christ gave Himself for ALL. Pray for those in authority who may unfairly treat minorities. We must also be praying that our lives and our words reveal His call for people to “come to the knowledge of the truth” (v.4).
Woman and man, living and serving complementary to each other, fulfills His purpose. Male and female in competition is contrary to God’s purpose (Phil 4:3; Rom. 16:3, 12; also Acts 18:24-26).
David Manzano, Retired Pastor
Member of the Retired Workers Association
Collegedale, TN U.S.A.