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1 Timothy 2-3 Study/Psalm 49 (50) Study/Message comes from Isaiah 43:2…



2 Therefore I [a]exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in [b]authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and [c]reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth [d]in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.


2:1-2: Intercessory prayers are to be offered for all without partiality, but special attention is given to prayer for those authority: Orthodox Christians repeatedly pray for all civil authorities…

2:3-5: The religions of the Greek world considered pluralistic and elite: Paul teaches that there is one SAVIOR, ONE GOD AND ONE MEDIATOR (v. 5): And God offers salvation equally to all, for He created us to share in His goodness, and for this end He became a MAN like us…

2:5: Some who are opposed to the established Church use this verse to claim that all you need is Jesus-and not the Church, her clergy, and her sacraments- This is straight from Study Bible- But the Son became the ONE MEDIATOR by becoming MAN through the Holy Spirit and a virgin- that is, through GOD AND MEN: He “built” His humanity not from Himself alone but from another, the Virgin Mary: Likewise, as the Mediator He says, “I will build my Church (Matthew 16:18); He establishes her leaders and her worship: As Mary gives us Christ in His humanity, the Church introduces us to Him, who alone is our Mediator… See my video for my thoughts…

2:6: Regarding ancient slaves, a RANSOM did not so much purchase them as free them from their bondage to experience liberty…


8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and [a]moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. 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.


2:8: Prayer must be united with quiet and godly behavior: Does this contradict praying secretly, not to be seen by men (Matthew 6:5-6)??? No…The warning is against spiritual showmanship, not congressional prayer…The secret “room” (Matthew 6:6) is a person’s innermost being, perfectly consistent with praying EVERYWHERE:

2:12: The Church’s greatest saint is a woman, The Virgin Mary, The Mother of God: Some women, including Mary Magdalene, are called “Equal to the Apostles”, others serve as deacons (Romans 16:1): While sharing full equality in Christ, women are not ordained to the offices of bishop or priest…

2:15: If salvation is holistic, involving all of one’s life, then women who have children are SAVED, in part, by motherhood, if they preserve in godliness…Our God-given role in life is the place of our salvation…


3 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a [a]bishop, he desires a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not [b]given to wine, not violent, [c]not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not [d]covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence 5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); 6 not a [e]novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.


3:1: BISHOP means “OVERSEER”, an elder (1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Timothy 5:17): Later in the first century bishop came to designate a presiding elder…

3:2: St. John Chrysostom on BLAMELESS: “Every virtue is implied in this word: (The bishop’s) life should be unspotted so that all should look up to him, and make his life the model of their own…” In the early Church, a bishop could be married…Today married men may be ordained to the Orthodox Priesthood…The Sixth Ecumenical Council in (AD 681) sanctioned celibate bishops, but only as a special dispensation relative to the feeling that it was not acceptable for a bishop to live with a woman: married bishops are in accordance with the general teaching of the Orthodox canon law…


8 Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, 9 holding the [a]mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. 10 But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. 11 Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not [b]slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus


3:8: For qualifications for the first deacons, (see Acts 6:1-6)

3:11: WIVES: Or perhaps “women”, referring to deaconesses…


14 These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; 15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and [a]ground of the truth. 16 And without controversy great is the [b]mystery of godliness:

God[c] was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.


3:15: While the Scriptures are the inspired truth of God in human words (2 Timothy 3:15-17), the Church is THE PILLAR AND GROUND OF THAT TRUTH…

3:16: Paul quotes an ancient Christian creed or hymn that is especially clear about the divinity of Jesus Christ: Another such creed is found in (2 Timothy 2:11-13) … (see also- 1 Timothy 6:15; Ephesians 1:3-14; and Ephesians 5:14; and Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-20): So, when the early Councils met and issued creeds, they were well within the mark of biblical precedent…


PSALM 49 (50)- Is a Prophecy of the awesome Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Day of Judgement: It is awesome, as it is emphasized in the phrases BEAUTY’S SPLENDOR (v. 2), A FIRE and A MIGHTY STORM (v. 3), and it is awesome because HEAVEN AND EARTH will be present (vv. 1, 4): But most of all it will be awesome because Christ’s divinity will be fully shown to the universe (OPENLY, v. 2): At His First Coming, He did not show Himself “openly” but remained hidden by His Humility, as for example, he lived in poverty and lowliness: However, the full splendor of His glory will be seen by all at His “COMING TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD” (NICENE CREED): For He will come as God in the flesh (vv. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 14, 16, 22, 23) and judge all, including the Jews (vv. 7-22):


When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

-Christ will PASS THROUGH every affliction with us- taking sin, suffering, and death on Himself; overthrowing our adversaries; and offering us His Salvation!!! Never lose faith or hope, easier said than done my friends, believe me when I say I need my own words right now because things are getting harder…In the end I know the Lord will always provide if I don’t quit!!!

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