1 Timothy 2, Psalm 109


If you the believe scripture is the living word of God, chances are you have examined 1 Timothy 2 to understand a controversial topic. If you have ever been taught to pray for a political leader you dislike, someone certainly appealed to 1 Timothy 2:1-2. For those that have disputes over how God's sovereign election and predestination relates to our Lord's love, then the fact that “God wants all people to be saved” (1 Timothy 2:4) is necessary for that discussion. Absolutely, if you have ever had an argument over the proper role of women in the church, you have interacted heavily with 1 Timothy 2:11-15. It is a shame that a beautiful chapter on the need to love our political leaders through prayer, not to mention one that celebrates the love of God in salvation, and examining male and female complimentary is utilized only for theological disputes.Though this chapter is important to study and discuss while we disagree on our various positions, let us remain united by the one who “gave his life as a ransom for all people.” (1 Timothy 2:6) For Paul equips Timothy and leaders for all times on both the importance of key doctrines and the need to live as one. These key doctrines intend to help us live together in the household of God, which is the church (1 Timothy 3:15). Doctrines matter, yet they are intended to be studied as the family of God earnestly seeking to live out our faith together rather than as casual students.