“1 Timothy 2:11-15”Categories: 1 Timothy
“A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.”
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“But women will be preserved through the bearing of children” (verse 15). The views on the meaning of this verse are many and varied. Some people think that Paul is saying that women will be spared unnecessary difficulties if they adapt to their God-given sphere of duties as a wife and mother and keeper of the home, just as man must not deviate from his role as the “breadwinner” who toils by the sweat of his brow in order to supply the needs of his family (Genesis 3:19).
But it appears evident that there is a direct connection between women being “preserved” and the actual act of “the bearing of children,” and not a woman’s motherly/wifely duties. God bestowed upon woman a very unique honor and privilege when He gave her the charge of childbearing. Through this feat Jesus was brought into the world, a privilege that man played no part in since Jesus had no earthly Father. Women have a unique connection to the original matriarch and the honor bestowed upon her in bringing the “seed” into the world that would ultimately crush the serpent’s (Satan’s) head (Genesis 3:15).
It also seems obvious that the word “preserved” bears the meaning of “saved,” as in eternal salvation, and not just the sparing of further difficulties. Whatever the role that childbearing plays in the “saving” of women, they must “continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.” In other words, just the mere privilege of bringing children into the world, and even having a part in the bringing of the Messiah into the world, is not a guarantee of salvation for women. Just like men, women must love the Lord with all their hearts, souls, minds and strength, and live sanctified lives of faithfulness to Him, in order to be saved spiritually and live in heaven eternally.
Please read 1 Timothy 3:1-7 for tomorrow.
Have a great day!
- Louie Taylor