A Ransom for All? 1 Timothy 2:6

In his first letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote that the one mediator between God and mankind "is the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all..." (1 Tim. 2:5b-6a). What does it mean that Jesus is a "ransom for all"? This is a bigger discussion, to be sure, but here's… Continue reading A Ransom for All? 1 Timothy 2:6

Weak Women? (Doriani)

Sometimes Christians read 1 Peter 3:7 and come to the wrong conclusion that women are inferior to men in many ways. Sometimes people read Peter's phrase "the weaker vessel" and take it out of context while forgetting so much other biblical teaching about women. This makes some Christians believe all women are always weaker than… Continue reading Weak Women? (Doriani)

One Mediator (Chrysostom)

Many Christians have 1 Timothy 2:5 memorized: "For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus..." (NIV). It's a wonderfully clear and comforting truth to say the least! Speaking of a mediator, Chrysostom (d. 407 AD) did a fine job explaining this term as Paul used it with… Continue reading One Mediator (Chrysostom)

The Conduct of a Gracious Friend (Marshall/Newheiser)

Although I've mentioned When Words Matter Most here on the blog before, it is worth mentioning again. As you can tell by the title, this book is about speaking gracious and kind words to other people. In a way this is a resource to help Christians speak the truth in love to other people in… Continue reading The Conduct of a Gracious Friend (Marshall/Newheiser)

On Praying for Leaders, Rulers, and Authorities (Calvin)

In very clear terms Paul tells Timothy that God's people should be praying for all those in authority over us: "I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, even for kings and all who are in authority...." (1 Tim. 2:1-2a NET). Paul doesn't say we should pray for "some"… Continue reading On Praying for Leaders, Rulers, and Authorities (Calvin)