1 Timothy 2* Prayer to be made for all persons, since the grace of thegospel makes no difference of ranks or stations. (1-7) How menand women ought to behave, both in their religious and commonlife. (8-15)1-7 The disciples of Christ must be praying people; all,without distinction of nation, sect, rank, or party. Our duty asChristians, is summed up in two words; godliness, that is, theright worshipping of God; and honesty, that is, good conducttoward all men. These must go together: we are not truly honest,if we are not godly, and do not render to God his due; and weare not truly godly, if not honest. What is acceptable in thesight of God our Saviour, we should abound in. There is oneMediator, and that Mediator gave himself a ransom for all. Andthis appointment has been made for the benefit of the Jews andthe Gentiles of every nation; that all who are willing may comein this way, to the mercy-seat of a pardoning God, to seekreconciliation with him. Sin had made a quarrel between us andGod; Jesus Christ is the Mediator who makes peace. He is aransom that was to be known in due time. In the Old Testamenttimes, his sufferings, and the glory that should follow, werespoken of as things to be revealed in the last times. Those whoare saved must come to the knowledge of the truth, for that isGod's appointed way to save sinners: if we do not know thetruth, we cannot be ruled by it. 8-15 Under the gospel, prayer is not to be confined to any oneparticular house of prayer, but men must pray every where. Wemust pray in our closets, pray in our families, pray at ourmeals, pray when we are on journeys, and pray in the solemnassemblies, whether more public or private. We must pray incharity; without wrath, or malice, or anger at any person. Wemust pray in faith, without doubting, and without disputing.Women who profess the Christian religion, must be modest inapparel, not affecting gaudiness, gaiety, or costliness. Goodworks are the best ornament; these are, in the sight of God, ofgreat price. Modesty and neatness are more to be consulted ingarments than elegance and fashion. And it would be well if theprofessors of serious godliness were wholly free from vanity indress. They should spend more time and money in relieving thesick and distressed, than in decorating themselves and theirchildren. To do this in a manner unsuitable to their rank inlife, and their profession of godliness, is sinful. These arenot trifles, but Divine commands. The best ornaments forprofessors of godliness, are good works. According to St. Paul,women are not allowed to be public teachers in the church; forteaching is an office of authority. But good women may and oughtto teach their children at home the principles of true religion.Also, women must not think themselves excused from learning whatis necessary to salvation, though they must not usurp authority.As woman was last in the creation, which is one reason for hersubjection, so she was first in the transgression. But there isa word of comfort; that those who continue in sobriety, shall besaved in child-bearing, or with child-bearing, by the Messiah,who was born of a woman. And the especial sorrow to which thefemale sex is subject, should cause men to exercise theirauthority with much gentleness, tenderness, and affection.
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