I invite you to join me in a revolution that will turn the world upside down – which will actually put it the right way up?
The context of 1 Timothy 2:11-15 is right order in the church that will promote salvation.
THE CHRISTIAN WOMAN’S ROLE IS CLEAR
“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet” (11-12).
Learn quietly: Men and women are essentially and spiritually equal, but physically and functionally different. One function reserved for men is the authoritative proclamation of God’s Word in a public worship service.
Submit humbly: “Submission” means to yield to God-given authority, which here is the elders of the church.
Teaching and ruling may please us, but learning and submitting pleases God.
Is there any reason to this?
THE CHRISTIAN WOMAN’S ROLE IS REASONABLE
“For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor” (13-14).
The order of creation: In the Bible, being firstborn was not about superiority, but authority and responsibility. God wants the creation order to be reflected in church order.
The order of sin: Look what happened when the creation order was reversed, when Adam gave up his God-given role and Eve took over a role that was not hers.
Male and female roles are based on timeless truth not cultural considerations.
Is there any encouragement to this?
THE CHRISTIAN WOMAN’S ROLE IS BLESSED
“Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control” (15).
Continue in godliness: Continue in faith, love, holiness, and self-control is shorthand for following God’s order.
Saved through child-bearing: If you follow God’s order you will be much more influential. Women will exert godly influence from the bottom up by Christ-like influencing of children.
Revert to God’s order and you’ll revolutionize world order.
LIVING THE BIBLE
Accept your God-appointed role and responsibilities and you will massively influence children, and therefore the church and the world, for good. To be a godly mother is to be a revolutionary.
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