Timothy is reminded of the purpose for which he was left at Ephesus. Verses 12-17 are a digression in which Paul breaks out into thanksgiving for God’s grace towards him.
- What is the nature of the false teaching which Paul attacks? From verses 3, 11, 12, 18 and Gal. 1:8, 9, 12 consider why Paul would not allow any deviation from the gospel.
- The spurious doctrine evidently exaggerated the law as a means of righteousness. How does Paul indicate in verses 8-15 the limitations of the law and the superiority of the gospel?
- Compare your own experience of the gospel with that described in verses 12-17. What outstanding features does Paul emphasize?
- Verses 1-7. What theological truths form the basis for confidence in prayer
- For whom, and for what, should we pray (verses 1-4)? What kind of people ought we to be in personal behavior if we wish to be effective in prayer and pleasing to God when we meet to pray? With verses 8-10, cf. Ps. 66:18; Is. 59:1-3; Mark 11:25
- Verses 9-15. Paul is not deprecating the role of women in the service of Christ (cf. Rom. 16:ff; Phil. 4:2, 3), but he does here forbid women ‘to teach or to have authority’ over men in the local church. Is it conceivable that today change may be permitted in women’s part, or is Paul appealing here to the permanent consequence of the difference made by the Creator between male and female? What is the significance of verses 13 and 14? (See NBC)