Chapter Two, Lesson Three
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** Instead of focusing too much attention on their hair, makeup or clothing,
women are to put their
righteousness on display through good works. Which women will do this
according to Paul?
Only those who make a claim to godliness. Only those women
who worship in spirit and truth will even desire to do this for the
glory of Christ and God.
** Why are good works so important in the validation of someones
claim to godliness?
It is only through Christ generated good works that the Christian
can bring glory to God. Simply claiming a heart that wants to worship
God, without the life that matches is an empty and useless claim. All
see - James 2:14-20
** Now back in our passage, lets look closer at this godly womans
good works. Is this simply a display of superficial gestures to win the
approval of others?
No - good works translates agathon (for good),
which means that the works themselves are genuinely good. These good
works must mark the Christian women, who by virtue of her profession
of love for Jesus Christ, will make a public profession of godliness
in their daily lives. cf. Matthew 7:15-20, 12:33-35
** Finally, what does it mean that these women are making a claim
Godliness translates theosebeia, which refers to reverence
to God. To affirm that you are a Christian is to claim to love, worship,
honor, and fear the Lord. A woman (or a man) cannot claim to fear God
and yet disregard what His word says about their behavior. Each must
wholeheartedly accept Gods design for their role in the church
and lovingly fulfill it for the glory of God.
** To ensure that they are fulfilling their God-given role of leading
the church in evangelistic prayer, how are men to adorn themselves?
They are to lift up holy hands in prayer. Their lives
are to be lived out in holiness for Christs sake. Remember - James 5:16
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