1 Timothy Chapter 2, Prayer And Instruction About Worship

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 So often, we hear the saying “prayer is a powerful thing“, but do we really realize just how powerful prayer is?  God knows everything and is in control of everything, but He still has allowed us the privilege of helping Him change our world through our prayers.  We cannot comprehend, or understand, how all of this works.  It is truly beyond our mental capabilities, but the truth in the power of prayer has been witnessed over and over again, throughout the centuries. In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he places great importance on prayer, and not just for your family or friends, but for everyone.  We should always include each other, our government, our school systems, health systems, volunteer workers, homeless, etc.  in our daily prayers.  In James 5:16James 5:16
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16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  

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, we clearly see that ‘effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’.  As a Christian, prayer is our most powerful resource, and the results are usually greater than we ever thought were possible.  We should never leave prayer as our last resort, when all else fails, but rather prayer should be first and foremost in our life.  We are unable to do anything on our own so it only makes sense that since God is all-powerful that we should rely on Him.

1 Timothy 1:11 Timothy 1:1
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The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy 1 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;  

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

Paul begins by saying first of allor in other words most importantly, adding four different terms to include all types of prayers.  Paul is plainly urging us to pray for all people, asking God to help them, interceding on their behalf, and give thanks for them.  Sometimes, it is not easy to pray for those who have done you harm, or wronged you in a certain way.  But it is those people especially, that we should remember daily in our prayers.

Ephesians 6:18Ephesians 6:18
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18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  

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Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints:

Philippians 4:6Philippians 4:6
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6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  

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Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

In the world we live in today, many question how one can pray so often and for so long.  In 1 Thessalonians 5:171 Thessalonians 5:17
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17 Pray without ceasing.  

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, it tells us that we should pray without ceasing.  How do we do this?  How can we go our entire day in prayer?  Well, I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I can do this without fail.  I’m probably the worst when it comes to prayer.  Sometimes, I am in awe when I watch others who can pray for extended periods of time, and ask God why I can’t do this myself.  I am a work in progress, as I guess we all are.  But, we can’t let this hinder us in our faith.  We all have weaknesses, and in our weakness we should rely more heavily on our Lord for guidance.  In my weakness, I have found some things that have helped me to spend more time in prayer each day.  Firstly, I try to be thankful for everything that I see and everyone that I cross paths with, and I tell God thank you.  This takes discipline to ‘retrain’ your mind from thinking about all the ‘worldly’ things.  Secondly, I talk to God throughout the day about anything that I am troubled with, happy about, don’t understand, etc.  These are quick little conversations with God that I truly enjoy.  Thirdly, considering that I am getting older and my memory is not what it used to be, I have a dated prayer book.  In this book, I note anyone I hear of that is asking for prayer (whether it comes from a personal request in church or a social media site).  I also make notations about our school, healthcare workers, and government.  I keep this book with me during my morning and evening prayers so that I don’t forget to pray for anyone that is asking specifically for prayer.  There are times when we feel the need to go into private to pray, but it is not a necessity in order to talk to God.  Just because we are at our work place, or we are involved with an activity, doesn’t mean that we cannot pray.  If we make prayer our life, then our life becomes prayer living in a world that truly needs God’s influence.

prayer

1 Timothy 2:21 Timothy 2:2
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2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. authority: or, eminent place  

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2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

Paul goes on to say that we should pray for all of those who are in authority so that we can live a quiet and peaceful life denoted by godliness and honesty.  I know that I am not alone when I say that praying for authority figures is a challenge for me.  Our government does this and that, and we don’t always like what they are doing, nor do we agree with it.  I can honestly say that I am not satisfied with our current government officials, but God never says that we have to like or agree with what our leaders are doing.  What God has instructed us to do is to obey our leaders [Hebrews 13:17Hebrews 13:17
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17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. have...: or, guide  

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; Romans 13:2Romans 13:2
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2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  

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; Titus 3:1Titus 3:1
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3 1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,  

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]  and pray for them.

Romans 13:1Romans 13:1
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13 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. ordained: or, ordered  

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Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God:  the powers that be are ordained of God.

Ezra 6:10Ezra 6:10
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10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons. of sweet...: Chaldee, of rest  

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That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

Jeremiah 29:7Jeremiah 29:7
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7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.  

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And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it:  for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

God only stipulates one time when we should be defiant to authority and that is if they require something of us that goes against scripture [Acts 5:29Acts 5:29
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29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.  

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].  We should never allow man to lead us into doing anything that goes against God or His commands.

salvation

1 Timothy 2:3-41 Timothy 2:3-4
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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.  

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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.

 Our obedience to God is pleasing to in His eyes.  Both Paul and Peter [2 Peter 3:92 Peter 3:9
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9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  

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] said that God’s desire is that all would come to be saved and know the truth.  But, we know by scripture throughout the Bible, it is clear that many will reject Christ and salvation [Matthew 25:31-46Matthew 25:31-46
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31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.  

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; John 12:44-50John 12:44-50
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44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.  

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; Hebrews 10:26-29Hebrews 10:26-29
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26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  

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].  God does not discriminate.  His Word is there for all people, no matter what race, sex, or nation.  God loved each of us so very much that He sent His only Son to take our sin upon His shoulders and die on the cross to pay our debt [John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

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].  God sent His Son to save sinners.

1 Timothy 4:101 Timothy 4:10
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10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.  

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For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

Romans 12:2Romans 12:2
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2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  

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And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2 Timothy 1:92 Timothy 1:9
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9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  

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Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

2 Timothy 2:252 Timothy 2:25
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25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  

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In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves;if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Ezekiel 18:23, 32Ezekiel 18:23, 32
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23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. yourselves: or, others  

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23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?  saith the Lord GOD:  and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD:  wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Titus 2:11Titus 2:11
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11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, hath...: or, to all men, hath appeared  

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For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

2 Peter 3:92 Peter 3:9
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9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  

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The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

God does not wish for anyone to be lost to salvation.  Every day that we awake to a new day, we can be assured that God is using that time to draw souls to His presence.  Sadly though, many will reject His invitation for their salvation.  Have you accepted your invitation into God’s family?  Have you given your life over to Christ and accepted your plan of salvation?

Jesus

1 Timothy 2:5-61 Timothy 2:5-6
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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. to...: or, a testimony  

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5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, that man Christ Jesus;

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

 Sin has kept us separated from God and only through His Son, Jesus Christ, can bring us back together with God.  Jesus is our mediator, the only One who can stand between us and God.  Jesus Christ is the only One who can who can reconcile God and man.  There is no other.  Jesus Christ is God’s proof that he wishes for all man to become believers.   Jesus paid our debt of sin, a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, or proof given at the right time.  Jesus came at exactly the precise moment that man needed Him here.  It was through His blood that we are saved, and provided a direct line between man and God.

Romans 3:29-30Romans 3:29-30
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29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  

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29 Is he the God of the Jews only?  is he not also of the Gentiles?  Yes, of the Gentiles also:  30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

Romans 10:12Romans 10:12
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12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  

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For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:  for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

1 Corinthians 8:61 Corinthians 8:6
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6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. in: or, for  

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But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Galatians 3:20Galatians 3:20
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20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.  

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Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

Hebrews 8:6Hebrews 8:6
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6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. covenant: or, testament  

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But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

Hebrews 9:15Hebrews 9:15
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15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.  

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And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Galatians 1:4Galatians 1:4
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4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:  

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Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Galatians 2:20Galatians 2:20
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20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  

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I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live;yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Mark 10:45Mark 10:45
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45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  

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For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Ephesians 1:7, 9Ephesians 1:7, 9
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7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:  

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7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

9 Having made now unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 3:5Ephesians 3:5
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5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;  

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Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

Titus 2:14Titus 2:14
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14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.  

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Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

1 Corinthians 1:61 Corinthians 1:6
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6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:  

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Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

2 Timothy 1:82 Timothy 1:8
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8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;  

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Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:  but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

Romans 5:6Romans 5:6
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6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. in due time: or, according to the time  

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For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

We don’t have to spend our days worrying about trying to be good, or constantly trying to gain God’s favor.  He already gave us proof of His love for us:  Jesus Christ.  And through Jesus, we can be together with God each day of our life.  God will provide for our every need [Philippians 4:19Philippians 4:19
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19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  

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; Matthew 6:31-32Matthew 6:31-32
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31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  

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] and never leave us stranded [Deuteronomy 31:6, 8Deuteronomy 31:6, 8
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6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.  

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; Joshua 1:9Joshua 1:9
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9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.  

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; Matthew 28:20Matthew 28:20
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20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  

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; Hebrews 13:5Hebrews 13:5
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5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  

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1 Timothy 2:7-81 Timothy 2:7-8
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7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, 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.  

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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.

 Paul shares that he is there because he has been chosen as a preacher and an apostle to deliver the message of faith and truth to the Gentiles, and adds that he is not inflating the message, only sharing the truth as it has been given to him.  Paul requested that all men pray where ever they were by lifting up their hands to heaven and by doing it without anger or uncertainty.  Although we are accustomed to prayer being performed with heads bowed, eyes closed, and hands clasped, the 1st Century posture for Jews and early Christians was hands raised high and eyes looking upward to heaven.  The upward position of the hands was to signify one calling out to God.

Acts 9:15Acts 9:15
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15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:  

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But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way:  for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

2 Timothy 1:12 Timothy 1:1
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Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

2 Timothy 1:12 Timothy 1:1
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Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

Ephesians 3:7-8Ephesians 3:7-8
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7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;  

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7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.  8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

1 Timothy 1:11 Timothy 1:1
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According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Galatians 1:15-16Galatians 1:15-16
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15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:  

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15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,  16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

Romans 9:1Romans 9:1
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9 1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,  

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I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

Romans 15:16Romans 15:16
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16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. offering up: or, sacrificing  

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That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Psalm 63:4Psalm 63:4
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4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.  

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Thus will I bless thee while I live:  I will lift up my hands in thy name.

Psalm 134:2Psalm 134:2
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2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. the sanctuary: or, holiness  

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Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Malachi 1:11Malachi 1:11
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11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.  

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For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering:  for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

 It is very difficult for us to pray wholeheartedly to God if we hold on to our anger and uncertainties.  We must pray with a clear conscience;  a pure heart, and if need be we should even interrupt our worship in order to make peace with another [Matthew 5:23-24Matthew 5:23-24
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23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.  

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].  Our goal in life should always be to be right in our relationship with God, and with others in our life.

modesty

1 Timothy 2:9-101 Timothy 2:9-10
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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; broided: or, plaited 10 But with good works.  

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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.

 I can’t tell you how many times in my lifetime that I have walked into a church and have felt ‘under-dressed’.  God never intended church to be place of show but a place of worship.  Paul was addressing the women who were apparently trying to gain respect through their ‘looks’ rather than by their Christlike character.  Scripture does not speak against women being beautiful, but our beauty comes from within.

1 Peter 3-5

3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;  4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

  For us to display a kind, gentle, humble, modest character towards others cannot be matched by any makeup, jewelry, or expensive clothing.  As women, we should not dress to draw attention to ourselves, nor tempt men into lustful thoughts.  It is not necessary for women to be extravagant in their appearance.  If we display a Christlike behavior and character, we will be setting an example for others that will be noticed.   We do not need to be extravagant in our appearance.

women

1 Timothy 2:11-121 Timothy 2:11-12
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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.  

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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.

 I have to say that this passage has been taken out of context so many times that it amazes me.  Although it appears that Paul is saying that women should be silent in church and that they should not ever teach, we have to look at the time and situation that he was writing this letter.  But I suffer is translated to I am not allowing.  The church was relatively new in Ephesus and Paul was telling Timothy that the women needed to be silent (maintain an attitude of composure), and not to teach because they were newly converted Christians and did not yet possess the maturity level in their faith, the knowledge or experience needed in order to be a teacher.  The women of this time were abusing their recent Christian status.  Throughout the Bible, we see too many other scripture that notes praying, prophesying, or teaching by women, and also times that a man is instructed to remain silent [1 Corinthians 11:5, 13, 11 Corinthians 11:5, 13, 1
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5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. 13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? 11 1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.  

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Corinthians 14:28].  In Acts 18-24-26, we can see that Priscilla (who was also addressed in Romans 16:3Romans 16:3
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3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:  

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) taught Apollos, who was the great preacher.  In Romans chapter 16 we see that Paul salutes many women who had great responsibility within the church.  Paul also recognizes other women in Philippians 4:2Philippians 4:2
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2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.  

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.  So, it appears that Paul was instructing Timothy specifically about the Ephesus women for that particular time in history, and not all women in general.

1 Corinthians 14:341 Corinthians 14:34
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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.  

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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.

Ephesians 5:22, 24Ephesians 5:22, 24
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22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.  

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22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Titus 2:5Titus 2:5
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5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.  

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To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

If we go back to the very beginning, Genesis 1:27Genesis 1:27
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27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  

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and Genesis 2:21-22Genesis 2:21-22
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21 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; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. made: Heb. builded  

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, we can see that man was made first and then the woman.  I’m sure we all know that.  And we also know that everything God does is purposeful, meaning there is always a reason for what is done even when we don’t understand it.  Keeping all of this in mind, the women was made from the man and should be submissive to our husbands.  We know that for centuries, women have fought for equal rights with men.  But, in all honesty, men and women are not equal in every way and that is just the way it is.  There are many things that men can do that women lack the ability and vise versa.  The man is to be the head of the household and the spiritual leader of the home.  As the woman, we should submit to our husband’s authority just as we do our Lord [Galatians 5:23Galatians 5:23
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23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  

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].  In being submissive, we see that some husbands are more lenient with their wives than others.  Depending on your relationship with your spouse will determine your level of freedom in your relationship.  What do I mean by that?  God says that the woman must submit herself to her husband.  If a husband allows the woman more freedom in the relationship, then she is free to exercise that freedom as it is granted by her husband.  A wife must abide by her husband’s wishes.

The scripture that has been commonly used in argument of the submission of women to men is Galatians 3:28Galatians 3:28
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28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  

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and 1 Corinthians 11:121 Corinthians 11:12
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12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.  

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.  Here we see here that God makes no differentiation between man and woman.  After careful study, I believe these scripture to reveal our relationship to one another once we accepted Christ and have become a child of God; we are in one family in Christ, no one being better than the other.  The verses do not seem to bear weight on our human relationship with our spouse.

    temptation

1 Timothy 2:13-141 Timothy 2:13-14
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13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.  

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13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Women sometimes feel that much was written regarding their relationship with their husband [Galatians 5:21-23Galatians 5:21-23
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21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  

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and Colossians 3:18-19Colossians 3:18-19
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18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.  

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], but these verses also concentrate on the actions of the husband towards his wife as well.  Paul is writing to Timothy addressing the order in the church and the situations the church was being faced with.  It seems somewhat unusual that Paul inserted this event into his letter, but if we keep in mind that the Ephesus church was new, was under attack from false teacher, we can envision that Paul may have been reminding them that the woman was deceived in the beginning by Satan and the women should protect themselves against the false teacher’s verbiage.  Knowing that Adam was the first formed, he should also be the one to teach and instruct in the new church because he had more knowledge and education.  It may have also been included to remind the church the order of creation, and that keeping the order creates harmony not only at home, but within the church.

Genesis 1:27Genesis 1:27
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27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  

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So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 2:7, 18, 22Genesis 2:7, 18, 22
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7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. of the dust...: Heb. dust of the ground 18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. meet...: Heb. as before him 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. made: Heb. builded  

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7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

1 Corinthians 11:8-91 Corinthians 11:8-9
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8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. 9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.  

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8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.  9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

Genesis 3:1-6, 13Genesis 3:1-6, 13
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3 1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Yea...: Heb. Yea, because, etc. 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. pleasant: Heb. a desire 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.  

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1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.  And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?  And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

2 Corinthians 11:32 Corinthians 11:3
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3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  

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But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

When first reading 1 Timothy verse 14, you may feel as though Paul was placing the blame on Eve and excusing Adam for his actions.  To dispute this, we must jump back to Romans 5:12-21Romans 5:12-21
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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: for that: or, in whom 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. 15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) by one man's...: or, by one offence 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. by the offence...: or, by one offence by the righteousness...: or, by one righteousness 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.  

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.  Yes, Eve was tempted by the devil and fell into sin, but Adam did as well.  He could have easily had said no, but chose to accept the apple from Eve.  Not one person is excused from the sin that they commit.  We are all held accountable for the words we speak and the actions we perform.

woman and child

1 Timothy 2:151 Timothy 2:15
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15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.  

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

 This is another verse that is interpreted in many ways.  One understanding is that because of the original sin, men were condemned to hard labor and women were given pain during childbirth.  But, in Christ, both can be saved by trusting Him and being obedient.  Another understanding of this verse is that God gave men and women each their own specific roles in life.  A woman’s most important function is bearing children and caring for her family, and through the birthing process a woman will develop qualities that teach them love, trust, submission, and service.  The woman’s primary responsibility is to rear her children to become godly adults and leaders, meaning that her role should be carried out in the home, leaving the church roles to be carried out by the men.  Lastly, some understand this verse to mean that both men and women are saved through the most important event in childbearing, the birth of Jesus Christ, and both must persevere in faith, love and holiness, with a pure heart.

Regardless of how you interpret this verse, it is clear that men and women are different in many different ways and that we each have an important role to play as a spouse and as a child of God.  We must each seek guidance from God and the wisdom to understand what He is saying to us individually with these passages.

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

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