I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1 Timothy 2:5
"The man Christ Jesus." The very absence of all qualifying epithets makes the designation unique and solemn. There is a majesty about it which inspires awe. There is a grace in it which wins love and trust. It is not the holy man, the righteous man, the gracious man. It is simply "the man Christ Jesus."
I. He is the man all through; out and out the man. In soul, body, spirit; in look, voice, carriage, walk; in mind, heart, feeling, affection; He is out and out, through and through, the man.
II. He is simply man throughout; in every exigency, in every trial, simply man—the man Christ Jesus. In all His earthly and human experiences you never find Him other than man, you never find Him less than man, and you never find Him more than man. That He is more than man you believe and are sure, for you see His Divine works of charity and power; you see how He saves others. But from the manner in which He fulfils His own obligations, meets His own temptations, and bears His own sufferings, you would never gather this.
III. He is the man exclusively, preeminently, par excellence, to the absolute exclusion of all others; He is the man, complete and perfect. Not a man made up of the most select remains of manhood, among men as they have lived since the Fall. He is the man as God originally made man, perfect, absolutely and indivisibly one and perfect—the man Christ Jesus.
IV. He is the man to mediate between God and man.
V. He is the man to give Himself a ransom for all.
VI. He is the man to be testified in due time. Whatever the time, whatever the season, it is a due time, a fitting season, for His being testified to thee by the Spirit as being present with thee. As thou walkest the streets, or journeyest along the road, He talks with thee by the way, and opens to thee the Scriptures concerning Himself; the man Christ Jesus, who taught this of old in Galilee and Jewry, speaking as never man spoke.
R. S. Candlish, Sermons, p. 24.
References: 1 Timothy 2:5.—F. Wagstaff, Christian World Pulpit, vol. xv., p. 407. 1 Timothy 2:5, 1 Timothy 2:6.—Church of England Pulpit, vol. ii., p. 243; Preacher's Monthly, vol. viii., p. 197.
1 Timothy 2:8The Prayer of Faith.
I. God is infinite, and the laws of nature, like nature itself, are finite. These methods of working, therefore—which correspond to the physical element in us—do not exhaust His agency. There is a boundless residue of disengaged faculty beyond. As yet, you have but reached the precinct of His being. Behind and amid all the punctualities of law, abides in infinite remainder, the living and unpledged spirit of God; the traces which he prints on nature are but as the waving water-line with which the breakers meet the beach; but horizon after horizon beyond, the same tide sweeps alone, and there is the play of ten thousand waves with neither reef nor shore to bring them to account; so is it with the deep mind of God, out beyond the limit of contact with nature, its energy is not bound to take any given shape, thrown up and determined by its previous force, but is free to rise and play and lapse into itself again. Here, he has made no rule but the everlasting rule of holiness, and gives no pledge but the pledge of inexhaustible love.
II. In man there are two elements, the physical and the spiritual; in God there are two agencies, also physical and spiritual. It follows of itself that what is physical in us is subjected to what comes physically from Him; while that which is spiritual in us is open to communication from what lives spiritually in Him. We must accommodate ourselves to the stern mechanism of God's natural laws, and then He will succour us, not by altering them, but by inspiring us—by lifting us to bear their burden—by throwing open to us the almightiness of His companionship, and the shelter of His love. Wherever elements of character enter the result, so that it will differ according to the moral agent's attitude of mind, it is plainly not beyond the reach of a purely spiritual influence to modify a temporal event. The prayer of Cromwell's soldiers kneeling on the field could not lessen the numbers, or blunt the weapons of the Cavaliers, but might give such fire of zeal and coolness of thought, as to turn each man into an organ of almighty justice, and carry the victory which he implored. Wherever the living contact between the human spirit and the Divine, can set in operation our very considerable control over the combinations and processes of the natural world, there is still left a scope, practically indefinite, for prayer that the bitter cup of outward suffering may pass away; only never without that trustful relapse, "Not My will, but Thine, be done."
J. Martineau, Hours of Thought, vol. ii., p. 220.
References: 1 Timothy 2:8.—A. Blomfield, Sermons in Town and Country, p. 286. 1 Timothy 2:9-15.—Expositor, 1st series, vol. ii., p. 317. 1 Timothy 2:13, 1 Timothy 2:14.—T. Gasquoine, Christian World Pulpit, vol. xiii., p. 182. 1 Timothy 2:15.—Clergyman's Magazine, vol. ii., p. 13. 1 Timothy 3:1-7.—Expositor, 1st series, vol. ii., p. 396. 1 Timothy 3:8-15.—Ibid., p. 465.
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.