1 Timothy 2: Paying a ransom

April 10th, 2007

Some years ago, I was travelling through the Ivory Coast en route to Guinea in West Africa. When I arrived at the airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, I was carrying a range of equipment which I was going to give to friends in Guinea, including a new high-powered shortwave radio. As we were approaching the customs area, a number of people appeared and started asking us in urgent, insistent voices, “Do you have something for the officer?” It was pretty obvious that they were trying to use fear an intimidation to inspire us to pay a bribe in order to get us through customs without hassles. I said in a loud voice, “We’re Australians. We don’t give bribes.”

Paul’s First Letter to Timothy — Chapter 2

2:1 First of all, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for everyone. 2:2 Pray for kings and everyone who holds important positions, so that we can lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and reverence. 2:3 This is good and acceptable to God our Saviour, 2:4 who wants everyone to be saved and come to know the truth. 2:5 There is one God, and one mediator between God and humans, the man Christ Jesus, 2:6 who gave himself as a ransom on behalf of everyone. He was the message whose time had come, 2:7 and I was chosen as a messenger and an apostle — I am telling the truth; I am not lying — a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

2:8 I want men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger and dispute. 2:9 Similarly, women should wear decent clothing, dressing themselves with modesty and propriety, not with braided hair, gold, pearls or expensive clothing, 2:10 but with good works, as is proper for women who claim to serve God. 2:11 A woman should learn quietly with deference. 2:12 I do not allow a woman to teach or to control a man. Women should remain silent, 2:13 because Adam was created first, then Eve. 2:14 Adam was not deceived. It was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner, 2:15 but she will be saved through giving birth to children, provided that the women remain faithful, loving and holy, with self-control.

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  • 1. choosethecross.com » The&hellip  |  July 9th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    […] death and resurrection of Jesus had a greater significance, as exemplified by what Paul said in the second chapter of his first letter to Timothy: There is one God, and one mediator between God and humans, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself […]

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