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Summary: 3 of 3. Paul exhorted Timothy regarding the place of prayer in the Church. Prayer must take precedence in the Church. When is it obvious that it holds priority? Prayer takes precedence when...

The PRECEDENCE Of PRAYER-III—1Timothy 2:1-8

Attention:

Communication is vital to any aspect of life.

Maybe you are mute, or know someone who is mute.

Maybe you are deaf, or know someone who is deaf.

The challenges you face every day are mountainous because of such physical ‘hindrances.’ Yet you must, will & have discovered other ways to overcome such odds.

Likewise, if you truly love this God you claim to love, you will do everything in your power to prioritize communication with Him.

Sometimes Prayer(communication with God) does not hold the Precedence that it should!

But it can take precedence again if...we take seriously the way in which we communicate with God.

Need:

Paul exhorted Timothy regarding the place of prayer in the Church.

Prayer must take precedence in the Church.

When does prayer hold authority in the church?

7 priorities for prayer in the Church.

Previously we found that Prayer takes precedence when properly...

1. COMPREHENSIVE(:1a)Multifaceted/Diversified—Beyond limitation

2. INCLUSIVE(:1b) Unhindered(“for all men”)—Beyond prejudice

3. RECOGNIZANT(:2) Recognizing human authority

4. EVANGELISTIC(:3-4)

Today we also find that:

5—Prayer takes precedence when properly...

MEDIATED(:5-6)

Explanation:(:5-6) Monolithic/Indivisible

:5—“For there is one God & one Mediator between God & men, the Man Christ Jesus,

:6—“who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,”

Prayer must be offered up for those in authority because in order for them to properly(by God) fulfill their authoritative tasks/duties, these must come to three minimal realizations: 1)that there is indeed only “one” true “God”(Almighty) & 2)that there is only “one” true “Mediator” Who operates to bridge the gap between God & mankind...to a common recognition of truth, & 3)that this Mediator is recognized as the anointed of God(“Christ”) in flesh & thus their Savior(“Jesus”).

1Jn. 4:1-4—“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, & every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, & is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, & have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

“God”—yeov—A god or goddess, a general name of deities or divinities; 2) The Godhead, trinity, 2a) God the Father, the first person in the trinity, 2b) Christ, the second person of the trinity, 2c) Holy Spirit, the third person in the trinity; 3) Spoken of the only & true God, 3a) refers to the things of God, 3b) his counsels, interests, things due to him; 4) Whatever can in any respect be likened unto God, or resemble him in any way.

“Mediator”—mesithv—One who intervenes between two, either in order to make or restore peace & friendship, or form a compact, or for ratifying a covenant; 2) A medium of communication, arbitrator.

“Men”[See :4]—anyrwpov—A human being, whether male or female; 2) Indefinitely, someone, a man, one; 3) In the plural, people; 4) Joined with other words, merchantman.

“Christ”—Cristov—“Anointed”—Christ was the Messiah, the Son of God; Anointed.

“Jesus”—Ihsouv— “Jehovah is Salvation”—Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior of mankind, God incarnate.

:6—“who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,”

This Jesus, the anointed of God, voluntarily “gave Himself” for the sake of “all” men(individuals of mankind). Jesus gave Himself as “a ransom.” He thus paid the total price to redeem all of mankind from personal obedience to sin & thus to the wages of sin(which is death)(Rom. 6. 2:). This is true throughout all ages because Jesus’ “ransom” is Divine, perfect & thereby eternal.

This ransom took place “in due time,” that is, according to God’s schedule it took place at the perfect time.

“Gave”—didwmi—To give; To give something to someone; To grant or permit one.

“Ransom”—antilutron—What is given in exchange for another as the price of his redemption, ransom. Strong—A redemption-price. Used 1X.

“Testified”—marturion—Testimony.

“Due time/Proper time”—kairov idiov— kairov—Due measure; 2) A measure of time, a larger or smaller portion of time, hence: 2a) A fixed & definite time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for, 2b) Opportune or seasonable time, 2c) The right time, 2d) A limited period of time, 2e) To what time brings, the state of the times, the things & events of time. —idiov—Pertaining to one's self, one's own, belonging to one's self.

Argumentation:

Job 9:2-3, 14-16—Job—““Truly I know it is so, But how can a man be righteous before God? If one wished to contend with Him, He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.”.....““How then can I answer Him, And choose my words to reason with Him? For though I were righteous, I could not answer Him; I would beg mercy of my Judge. If I called & He answered me, I would not believe that He was listening to my voice.”

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