Monday, September 16, 2013

A Look at 1 Timothy 2:8

A look and understanding of the wording every place (everywhere) in 1 Timothy 2:8 needs to be given consideration. Given the uses of the word church or assembly that could have been used, Paul chose this. Some have stated he was referring to the churches in the region but that doesn't align in the context. Many places he refers to regional churches and he states to the churches of. 

The Bible makes over 100 uses of the word Ekklesia in the original Greek. This word is translated as assembly or congregation. This is not the wording used in this passage. The wording is every place.
Then if everwhere means in all places, wouldn't the use of (likewise) starting in verse 9 be a carry over linking the remainder of the text, also the (but) in vs 10 would be a continuation of vs 8, then vs 11 would be a summary of what Paul was stating in the previous verses. All of these would thus be linked to Paul's address in vs 8 and all the verses would mean everywhere.
Many try to apply this to only a gathering of corporate worship but they are all linked and can't be segregated to mean different things. Then in 1 Timothy 3:15 Paul clarifies to whom the previous verses were being addressed. To the household of God. According to the John MacArthur Study Bible, 1 Timothy 3:15 Believers are members of God's household ( Gal 6:10; Eph 2:19; Heb 3:6; 1 Peter 4: 17) and must act accordingly. This is not a reference to any building but to the people that make up the true church.
In verse 3:5 Paul states to those who would be overseers care for "God's Church" Paul is giving instruction to would be overseers and deacons as to how to live their lives, which is not confined to a building or gathering. This is also a continuation of the first chapter of Timothy. An Epistle is a letter. The line breaks or the verse references were not in the original. To understand a verse or many times a chapter, you have to read the previous verses and or chapters as well as the subsequent ones. 
The directives by Paul in this Epistle would not be confined but would apply to all aspects of a Christian's life. You can't segregate certain scriptures to mean one thing in one context and then something else in another. Well you can but is that really true biblical hermeneutics?  

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