- Praying - First of All (1Tim 2:1)
- For Who?
- All People, everyone.
- In particular, for Kings (i.e. Government) and those in high positions (e.g. our leaders and bosses).
- We may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly, and with dignity;v2:2
- so that the Gospel may be preached and all be saved.v2:4
- It is pleasing to God v2:3
Q2 What is the Gospel? Is Christ the only way?
The Gospel is God saving all human beings through one mediator, the man Jesus Christ, who gave Himself as a ransom, appearing at the proper time.v2:4-6
There is only One God and One Mediator - Jesus Christ. There was no other mediator between God and men. John 14:6. New International Version (NIV). 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me".
Q3 What is the mission of Paul?
Paul was appointed a preacher, apostle, a teacher to the Gentiles(non-Jews) for the faith in Jesus Christ. v2:7
Q4 What is the main difficulty in the interpretation of the roles of man and woman in the New Testament?
In the Greek, the word for man can be used as the male-man and as husband. The word for woman can be used as the female and as wife. Hence, we must look at the context to see whether 'male or husband' and 'female or wife'. Here are the additional details:
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God,and one mediator between God and menG444, the man(G444) Christ Jesus
Man G444 anthrōpos 1) a human being, whether male or female
1Ti 2:8 I will therefore that men(G435) pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
1a) of a male
1b) of a husband
1c) of a betrothed or future husband
2) with reference to age, and to distinguish an adult man from a boy
2) a wife 2a) of a betrothed woman
I personally think that in this context, husband and wive are the better terms to use.
Q5 What should men/husbands do?
Paul was addressing man's tendency to fight by v2:8 telling us that husbands should pray by:
- lifting holy hands
- dedicate the hands for good use rather than fighting with one another
In the same way, Paul was addressing ladies' tendency towards outward beauty and ignoring inward beauty.
- pray too (likewsie in v2:9)
- adorn themselves respectably that reflect their godliness and not going for costly attire and jewelries. (But don't go to the other extreme of not even taking care of good appearance). The warning is not to overdo it externally.
- attitudes should be modesty, self-control, holiness, faith, love and submissive to their own husbands (i.e. not to any other men. Other men has no say over others' wives). v9,15.
- Women tend to be impressed and hence easily deceived by outward appearance as exemplified by Eve who saw the fruit was desirous.
- v15 could have many interpretations. Jesus was born through woman (Mary) to save the world is one interpretation. For me, it tells me that a wife becoming a mother will have greater wisdom and not be easily deceived. Mother has a different view and priority of life than a unmarried and a wife. However, no matter what the role and age, faith, love, holiness and self-control remain the good virtues.