Friday, May 27, 2016

Mary, Did You Know?

Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. ~1 Timothy 2:13-15 

 Later I’ll be exploring 1 Timothy 2:8-15 in more detail in one of my newsletters. Today, though, I’d like to look at verse 15, a verse that has puzzled scholars (and me) for many years. Does this say that a woman will be saved if she has a child??? That can’t be since Philippians 2:12 tells us to … work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 

And what of women who never give birth? If this means women will be saved through having children, the childless would be lost. As I puzzled over this particular verse the last few weeks, a song played in my head, a song that has become very popular at Christmas. 

Let’s listen … in the shade:

 

Particularly listen to these lyrics:

Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Let’s look again at verse 15 and notice something unusual. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

Yes, the pronoun changes on us. Could this verse be saying that through Eve (and those who came after her) salvation was brought into the world through a woman’s childbearing, more specifically Mary’s who gave birth to the Christ? And through the birth of Jesus, made possible by Mary’s obedience to God, THEY (all people) with faith will be saved. Couldn’t the “they” refer back to men and women in the previous verses?

Since we know there is only one way to Heaven, through faith in Jesus, this verse becomes more understandable. 

As Paul later says to Timothy:

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. ~2 Timothy 4:6-8

May we be able to say with Paul “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” so that we too will receive “the crown of righteousness” whether we are mothers or not. Thankfully, Mary's child delivered all Christians from the bonds of sin. Amen. 

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Thanks for sitting a spell and chatting!