敬虔的男人 A Godly Man
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Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands
without anger or disputing. ～1 Timothy 2:8～
How does one become a godly man? According to the teachings of 1 Timothy, Paul here encourages the brothers:
1. No anger - It’s the temperament of a godly man to flee the opportunity to get angry, so that there is no anger. Men are generally more prone to anger and tough because of their roles in defending their homes and nations and their stronger build. Although God also gets angry, God’s anger is aroused by sin—people’s sins such as complaining and bad words (Num. 11:1). So God’s anger is righteous anger, while men’s anger is just because they are unhappy due to their sinful nature; as a result of men’s anger is often to sin. Therefore, human anger cannot fulfill God's righteousness. Godly men must control their tempers, reducing the frequency of and amount of time in anger.
2. No disputing - It’s the faith of a godly man that eliminates doubts and can be justified by faith. “Disputing” here is different from “contending” for the faith. It means “doubt”. The disputes arise from doubts or disbeliefs in the Gospel. At that time, the church also had the problems of people doubting and not believing the truth. Some were doubtful about the truth of the resurrection. The brothers were more rational, and they often waited and hesitated to believe the Gospel due to their rationality. Therefore, brothers must not doubt nor argue about the truth. Instead, they should believe and be justified by faith.
3. Lift up holy hands - It’s the etiquette of a godly man, who has a holy heart and raises up holy hands. Raising up both hands on the battlefield means to show surrender; raising one hand is to show respect. Raising hands in prayer before God is a kind of ritual, which shows up frequently in the Bible. The external ritual reflects an inner heart of holiness. Apart from holiness, a man’s prayer cannot be heard by God.
4. Pray everywhere - It’s the lifestyle of a godly man, the temperament, faith, and etiquette to pray everywhere. Prayer is not limited by time and space. You can pray anytime and anywhere, and you must be free from anger, doubt, and argument, and be holy to pray. Because the Jews, who had a sense of superiority, at that time saw Gentiles entering the temple without being circumcised, they doubted and were angry and contentious. So a godly man must have a life of prayer, praying in the Holy Spirit, and become a watchman.
～Rev. Benguang Du 都本光牧師～