But women will be saved through childbearing, assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.
1 Timothy 2:15, NLT* (emphasis mine)
I hesitated to use this verse, so let’s get the obstacle out of the way first. The “childbearing” part has been misused and has caused great pain to single or infertile women. Footnotes for this verse in the NLT say it can also mean “will be saved by accepting their role as mothers, or will be saved by the birth of the Child.” Me, I like the latter one.
That’s not what I wanted to share today, but I didn’t want to lose anyone because of it.
“Saved … assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness and modesty.”
That’s what I want to talk about.
Not that the way women (and men) live will earn our salvation, but that this is what the working out of our salvation will look like.
Remember the way it’s said “I am saved, I am being saved, I will be saved”? How it’s all reflecting a different aspect of the same process?
Spiritual check-up time:
- Faith: how often do I forget faith and live by sight, in anxiety and stress?
- Love: how much of God’s love grows in me for those outside my family and friendships?
- Holiness: is it the “rules” type, or the inner glow of the Holy Spirit?
- Modesty: not just do I dress in non-provocative clothing, but do I draw attention to myself instead of to God?
These are attributes that resonate with me, that I’d like to develop as I find my identity as a child of God. They describe the women of faith in my life, the ones I want to “be like when I grow up.”
God our Saviour and our Shepherd, thank You for the grace to grow in our salvation. Thank You for those in the faith who have been our examples and our role models, and for Jesus Christ who demonstrated a life fully pleasing to You. Please help us to live in faith, love, holiness and modesty – to live in You.
*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.