1 Timothy
Chapter 2

Commentary for 1 Timothy 2

Prayer to be made for all persons, since the grace of the gospel makes no difference of ranks or stations. (1-7) How men and women ought to behave, both in their religious and common life. (8-15)1-7 The disciples of Christ must be praying people; all, without distinction of nation, sect, rank, or party. Our duty as Christians, is summed up in two words; godliness, that is, the right worshipping of God; and honesty, that is, good conduct toward all men. These must go together: we are not truly honest, if we are not godly, and do not render to God his due; and we are not truly godly, if not honest. What is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, we should abound in. There is one Mediator, and that Mediator gave himself a ransom for all. And this appointment has been made for the benefit of the Jews and the Gentiles of every nation; that all who are willing may come in this way, to the mercy-seat of a pardoning God, to seek reconciliation with him. Sin had made a quarrel between us and God; Jesus Christ is the Mediator who makes peace. He is a ransom that was to be known in due time. In the Old Testament times, his sufferings, and the glory that should follow, were spoken of as things to be revealed in the last times. Those who are saved must come to the knowledge of the truth, for that is God's appointed way to save sinners: if we do not know the truth, we cannot be ruled by it.

8-15 Under the gospel, prayer is not to be confined to any one particular house of prayer, but men must pray every where. We must pray in our closets, pray in our families, pray at our meals, pray when we are on journeys, and pray in the solemn assemblies, whether more public or private. We must pray in charity; without wrath, or malice, or anger at any person. We must pray in faith, without doubting, and without disputing. Women who profess the Christian religion, must be modest in apparel, not affecting gaudiness, gaiety, or costliness. Good works are the best ornament; these are, in the sight of God, of great price. Modesty and neatness are more to be consulted in garments than elegance and fashion. And it would be well if the professors of serious godliness were wholly free from vanity in dress. They should spend more time and money in relieving the sick and distressed, than in decorating themselves and their children. To do this in a manner unsuitable to their rank in life, and their profession of godliness, is sinful. These are not trifles, but Divine commands. The best ornaments for professors of godliness, are good works. According to St. Paul, women are not allowed to be public teachers in the church; for teaching is an office of authority. But good women may and ought to teach their children at home the principles of true religion. Also, women must not think themselves excused from learning what is necessary to salvation, though they must not usurp authority. As woman was last in the creation, which is one reason for her subjection, so she was first in the transgression. But there is a word of comfort; that those who continue in sobriety, shall be saved in child-bearing, or with child-bearing, by the Messiah, who was born of a woman. And the especial sorrow to which the female sex is subject, should cause men to exercise their authority with much gentleness, tenderness, and affection.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 2

  • Chris Johnson
    The question is Why do you think Paul addressed the behavior of women in church?
  • Michael Little
    Paul is telling the Women she should stay in her lane, But with out Women where would man Be in this world today. GOD gave man Woman for a reason. A help meet Mate.
  • DL
    "...in due time..." Paul alone is apostle to the Gentiles that's us , to testify "in due time" that the Father made the Son to be the ransom for all our sins by faith in His blood, without works. That's why, through Paul, Christ said His blood is shed for all while earlier He'd said He was sent to NONE but the lost sheep of Israel. Paul revealed truths from Christ that had been hidden in God.
  • Dee
    Please allow me to submit this Word of God: Galatians 3:28(NIV), "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
  • Skip Shiver
    1 Timothy 2:5 reminds us of the words that Jesus spoke to his disciples in John 14:6 - "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." When Timothy refers to Jesus as a "mediator", he is once again telling us that Jesus is the only one that works to effect reconciliation and settlement between God and Men. Sinful and wicked Man can never expect to be in the presence of the Holy Father because the gulf between Man and God is great due to our sin. Jesus bridges that gulf for those who believe in Him and are cleansed of sin to enter Heaven through His Grace and Forgiveness.
  • Bruce
    The Only Way to be Accepted is by The Blood of The Lamb. Mother Teresa will be Cast into The Lake of Fire if not Covered by The Blood of God's Son /There's a Way which Seemeth Right unto Man But The End thereof are The Ways of Death. Proverbs 14:12
  • Eutychus
    "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." Yet Joel 2:28 says, "your daughters shall prophesy", which Peter quotes in Acts 2:17-18. To prophesy, according to 1 Cor 14:3, is to "speak unto men to edification." So it isn't so much the women speaking, but in what constitutes 'church' and authority in God's eyes. More on that in 2 weeks: stay tuned.
  • Eutychus
    Vs 5. "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." Where then, is the priest? WE are the priests!! "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an HOLY PRIESTHOOD, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, accept to God by Jesus Christ". 1 Peter2:5, and, "But ye are a chosen generation, a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, an HOLY NATION.." 1 Pet 2:9. What a concept!!!
  • A disciple
    "Comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, warn the unruly..." Luke 13:23-29 the Lord declares plainly, as in MANY, MANY places; that not everyone who says to Him, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father." Not the hearers are justified, but the doers! God is not tricked by lip service! If any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of His.

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Bible Trivia

What should Christians do for those in government authority?
  • Write letters of encouragement
  • Pray for them
  • Vote them out if unrighteous
  • Demand they govern according to Scripture
  • Talk about them to other believers