More Insights from 1 Timothy – chapter 2

Chapter 2 in 1 Timothy can be a difficult passage as it deals with women and their role in church. In this study, the study guide cross-referenced this passage with 1 Peter 3:1-6.
Walking in Power, Love, and Discipline: 1 & 2 Timothy/Titus

Women are to adorn:

  • proper clothing
  • modestly, discreetly
  • good works
  • hidden person of heart
  • gentle & quiet spirit
  • submissive

They are not to adorn:

  • with braided hear
  • gold, pearls
  • costly garments
  • external

The heart attitude is emphasized rather than outward things. They are not allowed to teach or exercise authority over men in God’s household because of the order of creation and her deception at the Fall.
Another cross-reference is 1 Corinthians 14:26-40
For women to speak – it is to be done properly and in orderly manner; to speak in turn; let all be done for edification, must have interpretation, 2 or 3 at the most. Women are not to participate in the tongues and prophecy. Women are not to teach men in a church setting, they are to teach women.

This issue is a controversial one and there are various interpretations out there regarding this passage. I am not sure where I fall on this issue.

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2 thoughts on “More Insights from 1 Timothy – chapter 2

  1. Well, you know where I fall on the issue. haha. : ) “This issue is a controversial one and there are various interpretations out there regarding this passage.” I appreciate this honesty/humility. I've seen some on both sides of this issue be so adamant and lacking in diplomacy, presenting their view as absolutely the only right one. Lets face it, some of the passages are tough ones, and it is understandable how people can reach different conclusions.

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  2. Yeah, I probably lean more towards the women shouldn't teach men. But I have a hard time with where to draw the line with that. What about women writing books that men read or blogging? I'm really glad this isn't a core doctrine and essential to our faith!

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