Apr 10, 2022. I Timothy 2:11-15

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GOD’S ORDER IN THE CHURCH. I Timothy 2:11-15. 4/10/2022. #6.

11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.

1. Silent sisters

                a. The question arises, “Must women stay silent in the church assembly?”

                                a1. Some churches take this passage to mean that women must not talk in church

                                a2. The entire context must be understood

                b. Context: women must not be teachers in the assembly of believers or have authority over men

                c. The Greek word “silence” does not mean not to utter a sound, but literally, to hold one’s peace

                d. While the entire body is gathered, men are to lead in the assembly, not women

                                a1. Women can speak in church, but not teach while men are in assembly

                                a2. Titus 2:3-5 women can teach women and children (usually up to age 12)

                e. Women are not to exercise authority over men in church (I Timothy 3) – no female deacons, elders, or pastors (Romans 16 Phoebe being a deaconess merely means that she was a “helper” to Paul)

                f. Paul states Eve was deceived, but not Adam

                                a1. Adam did not exercise his protective role given to him by God

                                a2. God assigned male headship as order

2. Male headship

                a. Male headship is a position of responsibility; not power or absolute authority

                                a1. Rm. 5 speaks of the “sin of Adam” and not Eve, for he was responsible

                                a2. Luke 22:24-30 even Jesus, master of all, came to serve and give himself for us

                                a3. Eph. 5:25-33 the role of the husband is to lead, provide for, and protect his wife and children (Eph. 6:4; 1 Timothy 5:8)

                                a4. Romans 14:12 men will give an account for how they led and taught

                b. Male headship is not a matter of who leads or teaches better, but of divine appointment

                                a1. Husbands, fathers, church leaders, and teachers must give an account (Jm. 3:1)

                                a2. Romans 2:21-23 appointments by God are not to be shirked (Moses, Jeremiah, Jonah)

3. Saved in childbearing

                a. Much debate= she will be saved in childbearing

                b. Saved has two meanings in Scripture

                                a1. To be rescued from danger or trial

                                a2. To be eternally redeemed (spiritual)

                c. If this means women are rescued via birthing…

                                a1. Men may lead, but only woman have the honor of bearing children

                                a2. Not all women bear children

                d. Means faithful women are rescued by the birth of Jesus Christ who saved them via Mary…

                                a1. Genesis 3:15 Eve will be saved by bearing a son who will crush Satan’s head

                                a2. Eve bears a daughter (Genesis 5:4) who bears a daughter leading to Mary

                                a3. Salvation comes via woman giving birth to The Savior (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7)

                e. Galatians 3:28 divine order = not hierarchy, but complementary (1 Cr. 12 properly placed)

Key verse: Luke 22:24-30

24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. 28 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”