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God exalts Christ for he is doubly worthy of honour as Creator and Purifier of sin.
Hebrews 1:1-4
Christians of God's Beloved Covenant Forgive.
Matthew 18:19-35
God's providence through his messengers to his beloved children assures our grace, mercy, and peace.
1 Timothy 1:1-2
Unity Achieved in the Depth of the Gospel
Philippians 2:1-11
The Perseverance of the Christian Depends on God's Gift and God's Sustaining Power
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
How can you tell the sincerity of your faith?  By the words that you speak.
James 3:1-12
To behold Christ is to be transformed in believing obedience
James 2:14-26
Blessed is the man who desires to do good with his whole being without partiality, for God has saved him wholly.
James 2:1-13
True Religion is displayed in a sanctified love for God and love for neighbour.
James 1:19-27
Those who fall away do so because of sin and lack love for God and not because God is unfaithful to keep his saints.
James 1:12-18
Trials increase our faith to God, but when they are difficult God gives aid to see his unswerving goodness in Christ, our exaltation.
James 1:2-11
For Christians: rejection of a God who sent his Son to die for us and his Spirit to restore us yields an incomparably severe punishment.
Hebrews 10:26-31
Worldly Success is No Sure Sign of God's Favour.
James 4:13-17
The perfect Jesus is the perfect high priest, the perfect sacrifice, and the source of a perfect, everlasting covenant.
Hebrews 7:20-28
God shall keep you through the prayer of others for your joyful growth in theology leading to a life of grateful doxology.
Colossians 1:9-12
A people saved for a glorious purpose.
Exodus 19:4-6
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!  Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
1 Peter 1:3-5
We need gospel-unity because it is a gift from God for our assurance and for Christ's glory.
Philippians 1:27-30
The Immeasurable Gift of the Gospel
2 Corinthians 5:21
God's Love, God's Salvation, God's Grace, God's Glory.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Christians, if someone wrongs you and refuses to humbly repent, then let him go, because God desires to keep and protect you from his sin.
Matthew 18:15-20
I cling to my Lord who is my Helper, Saviour and Friend.
1 Peter 3:18
We have full confidence in the revealed, illumined and inspired Word of God given to us by the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2
What is more amazing than being set free from sin?  Being set free to Christ, our righteousness and keeper forever.
1 Peter 2:24-25
As those identified with Christ, we are called to live new lives enabled by a glorious God.
Romans 6:1-4
Death in Adam; life in Christ.
Romans 5
If you have been called to preach the gospel, do not relent, because God delights in your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:1-8
Grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.
2 Timothy 3
What does a false teacher look like?  He appears to be godly, but, in truth, he seeks only to steal and devour.  Avoid these wolves.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
Scripture is from God alone.  Let no man claim otherwise.
Galatians 1
Although our sin deserves punishment, the love and grace of God, through Christ, intercede to give us everlasting joy.
Romans 5:1-17
What is our joy?  It is not ourselves.  It is the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:6-11
Condemnation follows us in Adam, but Rejoicing is our reward in Christ
Romans 5:1-14
Good News! The life, death and resurrection of Christ is the source of our faith, pardon, justification, and reconciliation to God.
Romans 5:1-11
Rejoice!  God doesn't just save, and God doesn't just promise a future, but He promises His love and help for those who believe now.
Romans 5:1-5
Faith in God to fulfill His promises by grace is the only way by which we can be saved
Romans 4:13-25
Abraham was justified by faith, as are those who follow in his footsteps.
Romans 4:1-12
Who is the blessed man?  He who seeks after the very things of God.  To Him shall be a heavenly reward and satisfaction forever.
Psalms 1
Righteousness is a gift to those who cannot save themselves, and, instead, fall at the cross and confess Christ as Lord.
Romans 3
In God there is no contradiction, for the law condemns self-righteous sinners, but God saves the repentant who believe in Christ.
Romans 3:1-26
Church, set your minds on things above by loving one another as Christ loved you, which is your thanksgiving to God.
Colossians 3:12-17
What is the advantage of having the Law?  To know God's will.  Does the law justify?  No, it condemns.  Simply, the Law is good, we are not.
Romans 3:1-20
God is immeasurably compassionate, so much so that we cannot truly grasp it, and yet, it is exactly sufficient to accomplish His plans.
Jonah 4
God saves us to show us Himself.  Namely, that He is unlike any other and requires our worship through obedience.
Deuteronomy 4:32-40
It is not too late!  Repent and Believe!  He is merciful and mighty, alone, to save.
Jonah 3
When we are in despair without hope of deliverance, look to the merciful Lord who is faithful to save and deliver.
Jonah 2
Obey when God calls.  Reject God and suffer the consequences.  In both obedience and disobedience, God will accomplish His purposes.
Jonah 1
In Christ we are made heirs to the throne of God, justified by faith, children of promise and free from the shackles of law.
Galatians 3:15-29
The Law was Given for Blessing, but it Became a Curse
Romans 3:1-8
God is Holy, We are Sinful, He shall Judge the Nations.
Romans 2
How Does God Prevent Divine Contradiction? By Revealing His Power in the Gospel.
Romans 1
Marks of True Salvation: A New Heart, Divine Conviction and the Delight of God Alone.
Romans 2:25-29
God wants us for Himself, so He does it by Himself, for our joy, and His worship.
Psalms 23
Jews, the bearers of the law, are not exempt from the wrath of God
Romans 2:17-24
Spiritual gifts in the public assembly are for its mutual benefit and the reflection of God's character.
1 Corinthians 14:26-40
Christ, Our Master and Commander - the Anchor of Our Faith.
Matthew 8:23-27
Men lead as men, women submit as women, and do it for the pleasure of God and the gospel.
1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Healthy Churches for Christ-Centred, Gospel-Hearing, Cross-Bearing Peoples.
Acts 6:1-8
No one receives pardon, all are to be judged. For those in the law, Christ's example condemns.
Romans 2:12-16
If you are good, then God shall give life; If you are bad, then God shall render destruction.
Romans 2:6-11
Come ye weary, heavy-laden, lost and ruined by the fall, if you tarry, till you're better, you will never come at all.
Romans 2:1-5
How do we stay motivated to share the gospel to the nations? We see the immensity of the grace that we first received.
Romans 1:1-7
When God gives us up to our sinfulness, it is a complete destruction of everything He originally intended.
Romans 1:28-32
What is the result when God abandons sinners? They seek pleasure in things just like themselves, which will always be insufficient.
Romans 1:26-27
God abandons those who refuse to love and obey Him, but such abandonment does not come without a hope of restoration.
Romans 1:24-25
God alone saves and justifies
Romans 1:16-17
What is the primary motivation for God's wrath against humanity, and what is man's chief sin?
Romans 1:18-23
We need to praise God for the faithfulness of gospel-centred missions, but the task is not complete. Does God call me to go? Faithful steps.
Romans 1:8-15
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Pray for Godliness, Model Godliness
1 Timothy 2
Prayer for the Peace of God Rooted in the Character of God Given to the People of God through the Son of God.
Published June 12th, 2018; Updated July 18th, 2019
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Pray, especially for authorities, that all people may be godly and have true peace, for we have a God who desires their salvation and has given us the means for such salvation through Christ, the peacemaker between us and the Father. Therefore, exemplify this peace and godliness in your churches. Men, as you pray, do not be quarrelsome or raise hands against one another, but lift them in praise to a holy God. Women, just like the men, show your godliness by the way you dress, which accords with the way you act, learning quietly and with full submission to the church's elders, which means not teaching or having authority over men. I ask this of you, dear sisters, because in creation man was created before the woman and given authority over the woman, and when he failed to exercise his authority and allowed Satan to undermine creation order, he allowed the woman to be deceived, which resulted in her sin. Nevertheless, the curse placed on her as a result of her sin, and which was to remind her of her separation from God, shall be nullified if she continues in faith, bringing about godliness and obedience.
1 Timothy 2:1-15
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
Timothy, pray for all people
v for kings and all who are in high positions,
ESPECIALLY for kings and leaders
that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life,
WITH THE HOPE THAT we (included with all people) will have peaceful and quite lives
godly and w dignified in every way.
MEANING a life of proper worship and of honest character
This is good,
FOR this is good
and x it is pleasing
AND pleasure-giving
in the sight of y God our Savior,
FROM God's perspective as our Redeemer
who desires z all people to be saved
IN OTHER WORDS he wants his people to be saved and have peace (not be quarrelsome and in competition with one another)
and a to come to b the knowledge of the truth.
WITH THE RESULT that they know the truth
For c there is one God,
WHAT I MEAN IS there is God - singular
and there is one mediator between God and men,
ON THE OTHER HAND, there is a bringer of peace/peacemaker/someone to reconcile us to God
the man 1 Christ Jesus,
d who gave himself as a ransom for all,
IN OTHER WORDS, the man who died to redeem us and to bring us to peace
which is e the testimony given f at the proper time.
WHICH WAS revealed WHEN it was supposed to be
g For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle
I was appointed for this task (to reveal it to you)
( h I am telling the truth,
I am not lying),
No really, Bro...
i a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
IN OTHER WORDS, I'm meant to teach non-Jews the gospel
I desire then that j in every place the men should pray,
THEREFORE, Men, exemplify this life of godliness and prayer in all your places of worship
k lifting l holy hands
BY lifting holy hands (peaceful hands in prayer)
without anger or quarreling;
WHAT I MEAN IS raise your hands to God in worship, not to each other in disagreement (like what the false teachers are doing)
likewise also m that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel,
SIMILARLY, women, dress without tempting others (without creating division)
with modesty and self-control,
BY being modest and self-controlled
not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,
NOT BY bringing attention to yourself
n but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—
BUT BY deflecting attention from yourself while bringing attention to God through your proper worship
with good works.
IN OTHER WORDS, be adorned by doing good for the sake of others
Let a woman learn quietly
IN OTHER WORDS, women, 1) learn quietly (don't be quarrelsome with her)
o with all submissiveness.
p I do not permit a woman to teach
WHAT I MEAN TO SAY IS THAT 2) women are not to teach
or to exercise authority over a man;
OR 3) have authority over men (Moo, pg. 182)
rather, she is to remain quiet.
INSTEAD, she should be quiet.
q For Adam was formed first,
BECAUSE 1) Adam was created and given instruction first
r then Eve;
THEN Eve was created from Adam
and Adam was not deceived,
AND 2) Adam, the one with instruction and of first order, was not deceived
but s the woman was deceived
RATHER Eve was deceived (where Adam knew the truth)
and became a transgressor.
Yet she will be saved through t childbearing—
NEVERTHELESS, she will be redeemed/sanctified through childbearing
if they continue in u faith and love and holiness, with self-control.
IF women continue in godliness and dignity
The point of 1-6 is that we pray for all to live peaceful and quiet lives (not quarreling) - namely, be godly (right worship of God/due reverence) and dignified (be peaceable to other people - Matthew Henry says to be honest) - both are requirements of the Christian - godliness leads to honesty and honesty displays godliness. This is acceptable to God - the God who sent Christ to save us - to make peace, not to quarrel or be in conflict with us.
God has come, in the person of Christ, to make peace with sinners (the long awaited Messiah, who was prophesied about in the OT) - he has revealed this to us through Christ (first to the Jews) and through Paul (to the Gentiles).
MEN - live peacefully and in worship to God as Christ calls you to live peacefully and obediently to God
WOMEN - you too, do not use your bodies to create dissension or to intentionally show your independence from your husbands or to lead men astray in sexual immorality, but dress so that all may live peacefully and not be tempted to sinfulness (not a fault of women, but something they can do for all so that all might pursue holiness and peace) - adorn your dress with your character - let there be no separation or juxtaposition - let your physical appearance reflect your inward appearance.
Ground 1) Adam came first in order of creation and received instruction directly from God about the garden and what is/is not permissible (Eve did not), Eve came after Adam was created and had received instruction; 2) Adam was not the one who was deceived - Eve was deceived - Adam was passive (which too was sin). Point: Women, don't make the same mistake Eve made! Don't proclaim your independence from the men of the church (or in the home) through your dress or action, refusing to learn in quietness and full submission, seeking roles given to men in the church (and in the home). Adam received the instruction from God, Adam was to lead and protect his family in obedience, Satan undermined Adam's God-given authority and spoke to Eve, Adam allowed Eve to take up his authority although she did not receive the instruction from God, Eve, having usurped Adam's authority, was deceived, and then Eve spoke deceit over Adam when Adam should have spoken truth, and the result was the fall of man. Thus, women, in the church, should not speak where God has given instruction/is giving instruction, because God gave authority to man, he gives instruction to man, and where woman seeks to usurp or interpret that instruction (when a man should be doing so), the consequences are unnatural and can result in sin (and do result in sin because authority is given to man). So (return to the point of the passage) be godly, honest, peaceful and not quarrelsome - do not create situations where temptation can abound, and thus where sin can reign. These commands are for the church - 1 Tim 3:15 - and these commands are sent as a reminder against the false teaching in the church: 1) dissension, 2) asceticism, 3) persuasion of women to follow false doctrine, and 4) persuasion of men AND women to abandon biblical gender roles (Douglas Moo, pg. 177-178). This command is not rooted simply in issues of submission in Ephesus, but is rooted in creation order (for the family and the church - submission of women to their husbands (Eph 5) and women to their church leaders)
This does not say that she became the first transgressor, it is only pointing out how Eve sinned in the narrative of the fall of man. This was Eve's sin, which became woman's sin - the desire for usurpation of the man's role (Gen 3).
Men are to give life by preaching, teaching and exercising authority (spiritual children). Women are to give life, and redeem their position, by childbearing/child-rearing (physical children). OR She was cursed in her transgression (historically no modern medicine, may result in death), BUT will be saved through - or despite/passing-through - your pain and suffering in childbearing - not cursed - you will be saved from your transgression if you continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control and not condemned as your pain/suffering in childbirth seems to imply.
Exercise Authority - authenteo - literally, "one who with his own hand kills either himself or others; the ability to dominate" - in later Greek writing, "the author, the one who does the/a thing himself, an absolute master" One way authority is exercised is by elder-led teaching/persuading (though it is not the only way) - teaching is the primary instrument of leading/authority within the church. Authority is in the scripture - not in the man preaching/teaching it, and thus, the teaching of scripture is authoritative because it comes to God's people with the authority of God and His Word (Moo, pg. 181).
context of teaching and governing/exercising authority is taken from 1 Tim 3:2 (overseer), 1 Tim 5:17 (elders who rule (govern), preach and teach), 2 Tim 2:2 & 2 Tim 2:24 (servant of God) and 1 Pet 5. Women are not permitted to do either teaching or have authority over men within the church, whether done jointly or in isolation (Moo, pg. 183)
FULLY SUBMIT YOURSELF to: 1) learn (positive activity) and 2) not teaching man (prohibited activity), and 3) not having authority over man (prohibited activity).
teaching - authoritative doctrinal instruction (1 Tim 4:11)
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