• Godly and Dignified Lives Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:1-2

    John Calvin says that if “we are at all moved by solicitude about the peace of society, or godliness, or decency, let us remember that we ought also to be solicitous about those through whose agency we obtain such distinguished benefits.” Do we pray for the Lord to convert our enemies, whether or not they are in positions of authority? Are we respecting leaders insofar as it does not require us to violate Scripture? God commands us to do both of these things. View Resource

  • What We Owe to Civil Authorities Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:1–2

    It is easy to grumble and complain about our civil leaders and then stop there. But God would have us not merely speak up when the government acts unjustly; rather, He calls us also to pray for our leaders. Let us regularly pray for our leaders, even those leaders whom we have not chosen. View Resource

  • God’s Desire to Save Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:3-4

    Part of our imitation of Christ includes a desire that all people come to salvation. Too often we lack this desire because we have not considered how terrible hell will be and have not remembered often enough that eternal punishment is the fate of all those who are apart from the true God. Let us pray daily that the Lord would give us a desire for everyone we know to be saved, even those people who can be considered our enemies. View Resource

  • One Mediator Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:5

    “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph. 4:5) — this indeed is a scandalous confession in our day. We should not expect otherwise, however, for apart from the work of the Holy Spirit, no one can receive Jesus as the only way to the Father. Instead of being surprised or staying silent when the exclusivity of Christ is rejected, we should instead hold fast to our confession and pray that others would see the truth of it. View Resource

  • Christ Our Mediator Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:5–6

    In His vocation as the Mediator, Christ not only sacrifices Himself to God, but He also “lives to make intercession” for us (Heb. 7:25). Christ prays for His people according to the perfect will of God, which means that we should have no doubts that He will save us if we trust in Him. Christ is the all-sufficient Mediator, and we can approach God in humble confidence when we go through Him to the Father. View Resource

  • One God, One Mediator Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:5–6

    Today, it is fashionable to believe there is one God but many paths of salvation by which access to this God is available. This is a horrible, deathdealing lie, for all who embrace it will deny the one way of salvation that has been revealed to humankind — faith in the person and work of the Godman and Messiah Jesus Christ. Pray that the Lord would always enable you to stand firm for this great truth. View Resource

  • The One Mediator Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:5–6

    Some people may protest that it does not seem fair for Jesus to have died only for the sins of some and not for the sins of all. If we find ourselves thinking this way, then we need to take a long, hard look at what we think the Lord owes us. The truth of the matter is that God does not owe anyone grace; in fact, the only thing He owes us is wrath. We need to be thankful that Jesus died for even one human being and not demand that He atone for all. View Resource

  • The Testimony of Christ Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:5-7

    The atonement is essential to Christianity and is the most wonderful display of God’s grace ever offered. Meditate on the fact that if you are a believer, Christ died to pay fully for each and every one of your sins and that there is no need for penance or any other kind of “satisfaction” of His wrath. Find a good book or teaching series on the atonement and study the depths and riches of this glorious event. View Resource

  • Lifting Holy Hands in Prayer Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:8

    Christ promises us that if we forgive others, our heavenly Father will also forgive us, and He warns us that our failure to forgive others means that God will not forgive us (Matt. 6:14–15). Not everyone will accept our attempts at reconciliation, but God expects us to make a good-faith effort to make our relationships with others right. Failing to be reconciled often leads to bitterness, which lies at the root of many discontented lives. View Resource

  • The Virginity Question Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:9

    Without exception, God promises to forgive us of our sins if we truly repent and come to Him through Christ for pardon (1 John 1:9). If you have transgressed His Word regarding sexual activity, know that the Lord is willing and able to grant you full forgiveness and cleansing if you turn to Him in faith. Those with children and grandchildren should endeavor to remind them that sex is God’s good gift, and that is why we must obey His standards for it. View Resource

  • How Godly Women Dress Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:9-10

    Secular therapists often try to boost self-esteem by telling us not to care what other people think. While there is no doubt some truth in this principle, Scripture would never have us be wholly unconcerned with how others view us. Our manner of dress says much about our values, and modesty is one way that we say “no” to the idols of physical perfection and sex worshiped in our culture. What does your clothing say about you? View Resource

  • Female Authority Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:11-12

    Dr. John MacArthur says, “Paul is forbidding women from filling the office and role of the pastor or teacher. He is not prohibiting them from teaching in other appropriate conditions and circumstances” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,783). All of us have been blessed by mothers, women missionaries and Sunday school teachers, and other females who have taught us the Word without being elders. Let us thank God for the many godly women in our lives. View Resource

  • Order in Creation Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:13-14

    As we consider the many cries for equality in our day, we must always test them against the authority of Scripture. Equality of worth is not grounded in the ability for men and women to serve in any office they choose but in our being made in God’s image (Gen. 1:27). Women should not covet the position of elder, and men, especially if they are pastors, teachers, or elders, should be clear that men and women alike are of equal value in the eyes of God. View Resource

  • Salvation and Childbearing Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:15

    On Monday, we will look at what else Paul means in 1 Timothy 2:15. Dr. MacArthur also writes that “women have the privilege of leading many out of sin to godliness” (p. 1,784). Mothers, grandmothers, and other women who care for children profoundly shape their piety. If you are a mother, do you take this responsibility seriously? If you are not a mother, how can you help women lead covenant children in godliness? View Resource