Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing
(1 Tim. 2:15)From some of the restrictions Paul places on womans ministry in the church, it might seem that she is reduced to a nonentity. For instance, she is not permitted to teach or to usurp authority over the man, but must be in silence (v. 12). Some might conclude that she is relegated to an inferior place in the Christian faith.But verse 15 clears up any such misconception. She shall be saved in childbearing
Clearly this is not referring to the salvation of her soul, but rather to the salvation of her position in the church. To her is given the tremendously important privilege of raising sons and daughters for God.William Ross Wallace said, The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. Behind almost every great leader is a great mother.It is doubtful that Susannah Wesley ever ministered from a pulpit, but her ministry in the home has had a worldwide outreach through two of her sons, John and Charles.In our society it is fashionable for many women to desert the home in order to carve out more glamorous careers in the business or professional world. To them housework is drab and raising a family is a dispensable chore.At a Christian womens luncheon, the conversation had drifted to the subject of careers. Each one was rhapsodizing about her position and her salary. There is no question that there was a spirit of rivalry! Finally one turned to a housewife who had three stalwart sons and asked, And what is your career, Charlotte? Charlotte replied humbly, I raise men for God.Pharaohs daughter said to the mother of Moses, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages (Ex. 2:9). Perhaps one of the greatest surprises at the Judgment Seat of Christ will be the high wages the Lord pays to those women who have devoted themselves to raising boys and girls for Him and for eternity.Yes, she shall be saved in childbearing
Womans place in the church is not one of public ministry, but perhaps the ministry of godly childbearing is of far greater importance in the eyes of God.
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