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1Timothy, Chapter Two, Lesson Three

ADORNED PROPERLY            Page 3
V. 8 (cont’d.)

Third - “...in every place to pray...” That phrase appears four times in Paul’s writing and each time it refers to the official assembly of the church.
cf. 1Corinthians 1:2, 2Corinthians 2:14 and 1Thessalonians 1:8

** So, how are men to be “Adorned Properly” for this ministry of prayer? What “clothing” does the watching world around us see in the lives of these men?

“...lifting up holy hands...”

** Is Paul prescribing a certain posture for prayer?

No - it was common for the Old Testament saint to lift their hands in prayer to God, but Paul is using the phrase “holy hands” to symbolize the activities of life. This is a prerequisite for effective prayer. cf. 1Kings 8:22, Psalm 63:4, Psalm 134:1-3, Isaiah 1:15, Psalm 66:16-18 and James 5:16

** If the activity of our hands, and thus the course of our lives, is holy and unpolluted by evil; what will be
missing from our walk with the Lord and corporate worship of His name?

“...without wrath and dissension.” If we are “Adorned Properly”, we will be clothed in humility toward one another and always seek the best for others. There will be no room for wrath or dissension in our hearts. cf. Ephesians 4:31, Colossians 3:12-13, 1Peter 5:5

V. 9 ** If the men of the church are to adorn themselves with humility, with holy lives void of wrath and dissension for the purpose of corporate worship; how are the women of the church to adorn themselves in preparation for worship?

Using the same command form of verse eight, Paul says they are to “adorn” themselves with proper clothing. Adorn translates kosmeo, from which we get the English word “cosmetic”. It means to arrange, to put in order or to make ready.

** How does Paul define the attitudes which will always accompany “proper clothing”?

He says that a woman who dresses “modestly and discreetly” is “Adorned Properly”. She is not to draw attention to herself through sloppy disarray or by the means of personal display because of an unbecoming wardrobe or demeanor.

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