Sermon Recap: Christ’s Passion for the World (1 Tim 2:1-15)

 

Christ’s Passion for the World

1 Timothy 2:1–15

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness.12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

 

The Gospel did not come to us in order to end with us.

Christ has trusted the Gospel to the Church in order that we may bring it to others.

trust that’s given to us and it mustn’t be hindered by arguing (v. 8) or by disputing.

 

I. Ministry of Prayer in the Church for All People (v. 1)

 

1 Timothy 2:1–3 says, First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,

 

A healthy New Testament church should be committed to intercessory prayer in public worship.

 

1 Timothy 2:1 says, First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,

 

1 Timothy 2:2 says, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

 

The end of verse 2 tells us, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.[1]

 

When praying for those in government service, our objective is not that those people would change society. It is that we should live in peace so that the Gospel will change society.

 

Our calling is Gospel ministry that changes human lives, not by the imposition of human laws, but by the regeneration of human hearts.

 

Jesus pours love and faith into empty human hearts, bringing about transformation of life.

 

John Chrysostom says, “No one can feel hatred towards the one for whom he prays.”[2]

 

You can disagree with the people for whom you pray, but if you pray for them, you will not be a cynical and harsh person.

 

1 Timothy 1:3 says, This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,

 

II. Ministry of the Word in the Church for All People (v. 7)

 

1 Timothy 2:7 says, For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

 

God still loves Israel. The Church has not replaced Israel.

 

The Gospel advances around the globe through the ministry of prayer and the ministry of the Word.

 

III. The Atoning Death of Jesus Christ for All People (vv. 3–6)

 

1 Timothy 2:3–6 says, 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

 

Christ’s death on the cross is not limited to only those who will eventually receive Him as Savior.

 

  1. Advance the Gospel through prayer.

 

1 Timothy 2:8 says, I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

 

James 5:16 says, Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

 

  1. Advance the Gospel through the Word.

 

A. Affirmation

 

1 Timothy 2:11 says, Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness.

 

B. Prohibition

 

1 Timothy 2:12 says, I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.

 

i. Paul is talking about the church.

 

ii. Paul is talking about the church gathered for worship.

 

iii. Paul gives the reasoning here: It is God’s order.

 

1 Timothy 2:13 says, For Adam was formed first, then Eve;

[1] Ibid., Floyd expounds on this in great depth.

[2] S. John Chrysostom, The Homilies of S. Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople One the Epistles of St. Paul to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon (Oxford: John Henry Parker Publishers, MDCCCLIII), Homily VI.

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