We are told in 1 Timothy 2:15 that women will be saved in childbearing IF they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. What does this mean?
Let’s look at 1 Timothy 5. In this chapter widows are discussed. When young widows are discussed, we learn that there’s a danger that young widows will “wax wanton against Christ.”
What does this mean? (Remember, Scripture interprets Scripture.) We are told what this means in verse 13: 1) learn to be idle; 2) wandering about from house to house; 3) tattlers and busybodies; 4) speaking things which they ought not.
What is God’s remedy for this? They are to marry, bear children, and guide the home and “give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully” (1 Tim. 5:14).
God’s will for young women is to marry, bear children, and work hard in their homes as the Proverbs 31 woman did who was known for “looking well to the ways of her household.”
Our bodies were created to bear and nurse children. The act of nursing alone should be enough to convince women that babies need and want their mothers with them full time.
When women are sacrificially giving their time, energy, and talents to being godly wives, mothers, and homemakers, they are fulfilling God’s will for them. Does this alone save them? NO!
The verse goes on to say “IF they continue in faith…” They must believe in Jesus Christ; for He alone saves us. But our faith must produce fruit or it is a dead faith. This is why charity and sobriety with holiness are added to the verse. If we do not love sacrificially, how can anyone know we’re believers? They know us by our love!
Out of our love for and faith in Jesus Christ should flow charity towards others and a life that lives to please our Savior. We are to live sober-minded, holy lives. This is a natural consequence of our love for Christ, what He has done for us, and His transforming power working in and through us!
Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
1 Timothy 2:15