1 Timothy 2
Three Spheres of Christian Activity. What God has asked the believer to do (i.e. Christian activity) can be largely divided into three spheres: office, gift, and priesthood. When all of these spheres are maintained in their proper order, the result is the God is glorified and His people are blessed. There is a danger of confusing the various spheres of activity, and this can lead to serious trouble.We need to exercise all of these to bear a proper testimony of a Savior God in the house of God. So, in ch.2 we have priesthood, in ch.3 we have office, and in ch.4 we have gift. Priesthood is the highest of the three spheres, and so it is fitting that it comes first in our epistle. Read more…
Priestly Prayer (2:1-7)
Godliness, sometimes translated piety, comes from the Greek word meaning "well devout", and it refers to a manner of living that is totally pleasing to God. It relates to holiness, and certainly includes it, but is broader. Godliness or "devoutness" involves our motives, our attitude, and our conduct in the sight of God. Christ is the perfect example for us in this (1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 5:7).He adds “gravity”, which is the idea of dignity, or carrying oneself in a manner worthy of respect. These two words cover the behavior suitable to believers, as priests in the house of God. The primary thing is godliness, a life pleasing to God, and the secondary thing is gravity, an orderly and dignified life before men. This is the purpose of praying for those in authority, that we might live a life that is (1) pleasing to God, and (2) a good testimony before men.
Priestly Character (2:8-15)
The Character of Priests. The priesthood of the believer is carried out in many ways. First, we think of worship, and prayer. This is our “holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2:5). But there is another aspect, and that is our “royal priesthood”, that we would “shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Pet. 2:9). It is in this second aspect, the royal priesthood, that testimony or character comes into play. As priests, every believer should be a reflection of the character of God in this world. As 1 Timothy 2 shows us, this display has a different character for men and women, nevertheless it is there. Notice that the priesthood of men is focused really on public prayer, while the priesthood of women is expanded to include other things.
- Such is the danger today as it was of old. Saints like other men are apt to be one-sided. It looks spiritual to choose the highest line and stand on the loftiest point, and fancy oneself to be safe in that heavenly elevation. On the other hand, it seems loving to steer clear of the church question so constantly abused to gratify ambition, if not spite and jealousy (and thus scattering saints instead of uniting them holily around the Lord’s name), and to devote all one’s energies, in the present broken state of Christendom, to the good news which wins souls to God from destruction. But this is to surrender the nearest circle of Christ’s affections and honour. The only course that is right, holy, and faithful, is to hold to all that is precious in His eyes — to love the church with all its consequences on the one hand, and on the other to go out to all mankind in the grace that would reflect the light of a Saviour God. As in Ephesians and Colossians the former truth is most prominent, so the latter is here. Let us seek to walk in both. – Kelly, W. The First Epistle to Timothy
- How false and scurrilous the teaching of the Catholic church and others to introduce Mary, the saints, or a class-priesthood as mediators between God and man. There is only ONE, the man Christ Jesus!
- Darby, J.N. The Synopsis of the Books of the Bible.