Summary: To show that women in the church should dress modestly, with decency and propriety, and not prioritizing the external beauty.
Specific instructions for women in the church from Apostle Paul.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that women in the church should dress modestly, with decency and propriety, and not prioritizing the external beauty.
1 Timothy 2:9 (Amplified Bible)
Also [I desire] that women should adorn themselves modestly and appropriately and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with [elaborate] hair arrangement or gold or pearls or expensive clothing,
Women in the church should dress modestly, with decency and propriety, and not prioritizing the external beauty.
For the women
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: About 64 A.D., but uncertain
C. To whom written: Timothy, Paul's true son in the faith
1 Timothy 1:2 (New International Version)
To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
D. Main themes: Advice and exhortation to a young pastor respecting his personal conduct and ministerial work
E. Keyword: conduct
F. Key verse:
1 Timothy 3:15 (New International Version)
if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Dress modestly
"Also [I desire] that women should adorn themselves modestly"
No ostentation. Ostentation means "outward show or appearance", "fond of show", "vain display".
Isaiah 39:2 (Amplified Bible)
And Hezekiah was glad and welcomed them and showed them the house of his spices and precious things—the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious ointment, all the house of his armor and his jewels, and all that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his house nor in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.
Hezekiah in his happiness can't help being ostentatious that's why the consequence is the King of Babylon after Hezekiah's rule, burned Jerusalem to the ground.
Luke 20:46 (Amplified Bible)
Beware of the scribes, who like to walk about in long robes and love to be saluted [with honor] in places where people congregate and love the front and best seats in the synagogues and places of distinction at feasts,
Scribes with their ostentatious attitude missed eternal life and instead loves to show off what they have based all in external motivation rather than what they have or have not in their insides (hearts).
Acts 25:23 (Amplified Bible)
So the next day Agrippa and Bernice approached with great display, and they went into the audience hall accompanied by the military commandants and the prominent citizens of the city. At the order of Festus Paul was brought in.
King Agrippa and Queen Bernice showed off their kingship/queenly apparel but missed eternal life from the preaching of Paul as a consequence.
B. With decency and propriety
"and appropriately and sensibly in seemly apparel,"
Decent - respectable.
Propriety - conformity to established custom.
Romans 13:13 (Amplified Bible)
Let us live and conduct ourselves honorably and becomingly as in the [open light of] day, not in reveling (carousing) and drunkenness, not in immorality and debauchery (sensuality and licentiousness), not in quarreling and jealousy.