One mediator between God and man!
Scripture reading for October 17th: 1st Timothy 2:1-15
One of the main duties of a pastor is prayer. Paul continued his instructions to this young pastor in the area of prayer. Jesus, Himself, is praying for all of us as believers. He is the only mediator between God the Father and mankind. We as pastors must do business with Him!
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in the proper time.” (1st Timothy 2:1-6)
This simple instruction on prayer began with praying for those in authority. God places all authority in the positions He desires. (Romans 13:1-2) We are to obey and submit to authority, but also pray for them, whether they are godly or not. The prayers of godly people for those in authority help to insure a quiet and peaceful life. When authority is under a prayer covering, God’s people can also have freedom to spread the Gospel to all men. God wants all men to be saved because all need saved. All are sinners for who Christ paid the ransom of His own life blood! Timothy and all who minister would do well to keep these facts in mind!
“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” ” I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” (1st Timothy 2:8-9) Paul’s instructions to men and women in the church were given to help each fulfill the roles that God had given them. Men, in that society, needed encouragement to be leaders in prayer in the church. Women needed instruction in modesty and submission. Paul was addressing problems that Timothy faced in Ephesus. The principles he taught are helpful for us today. Thankfully, Jesus is our mediator yet today!