Chapter Two, Lesson Three
ADORNED PROPERLY Page
V. 8 (contd.)
Third - ...in every place to pray... That
phrase appears four times in Pauls 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,
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
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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