I Timothy

I Timothy 2:1-7 Interceding Through The Mediator.

It is because the church is engaged in a spiritual war that Paul exhorted or encouraged his readers to offer up “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks” (v. 1). The word ‘supplications’ (Gk. deesis, comes from deomai) means to beg, to bind oneself. Paul uses the word again in 5:5. The word for ‘prayers’ (Gk. proseuche) carries the idea of prosecuting a case on behalf of another. ‘Intercessions’ (Gk. enteuxis) carries the idea of entreating or conferring with another. In short, we are to bind ourselves to confer with the Lord, even begging, on behalf of others. However, it is also important to always give thanks, because one cannot expect to have one’s prayers heard without thanksgiving for all that God gives and does for us on a continual basis, including giving people who serve the common good such as kings “and all who are in authority” (v. 2a Cf. Ezra 6:10; Rom. 13:1). These are given that we might “lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (v. 2b).

It is this specific mention of what were leaders that Paul has in mind when he stresses that we need to pray for them as well as the common people, “for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (v. 3). Paul no doubt also had in mind that they were by and large unbelieving Gentiles who also needed to come to repentance and faith, “to the knowledge of the truth” (v. 4). Our prayers are through the one Mediator alone who gains us entrance to the Father-“the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (v. 6). That time had now come. A penalty had to be made for us because of our sins which kept us separated from God. It was also for this time that Paul was appointed as a preacher and apostle-“a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth” (v. 7). Unlike the false teachers, Paul was appointed by God, even as the Lord Himself was anointed for His threefold office and work of Prophet, Priest, and King-in heaven and on earth.

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