1 Timothy 2:15: KJV Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing ….
This is not speaking of each individual woman’s act of childbearing. This is speaking of the provable “unique human process” of childbearing that was to not only bring forth a child who would be the Savior, but also that process being a “type” of that Savior’s process to “save all mankind. This is not a “blame-the-woman verse. The man also violated the WORD of God’s command to not eat of the fruit of the tree of the “knowledge of good & evil”. Moreover, they both also refused the fruit of the “tree of life.”
UNIQUE CHILDBEARING PROCESS OF MAN – THE FIRST STEP. (Using KJV throughout)
From the beginning at 1:Ti 2, up through verse 7, Paul is speaking about “all men.” First, asking that prayers, supplications, and thanks be given to those in authority as to their work in allowing all men to lead a quiet and peaceable life, which is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior who gave Himself a ransom for all—all mankind—all men, women, and children. Verses 5-7 reveals:
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
In verse 7, Paul says that he was ordained a preacher, and an apostle—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. The Gentiles, of course, are not the “all” first referred to in verse 6. However, Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, excludes most Jews from this “teaching moment” because the matters concerning the man and the woman were already well understood by most Jews. They recorded, read, and placed their hopes in the writing of Moses. Gentiles, on the other hand, believed in false gods and various false narratives concerning the beginning of mankind. Therefore, Paul drew the Gentiles attention to Moses.
In verses 8-14, Paul reveals that there is a distinction between the man and the woman. Man and woman were not simply “poofed” into place each having man-or-woman fleshy bodies when they were created. By directing Timothy to their profound truthful distinction, Paul is showing the important aspect of that distinction for Gentiles to understand the “process” of the Salvation spoken of in verse 4, supra. This process is called “childbearing”.
God’s first step was to “create man” as a single invisible compound male-and-female “spirit”, as revealed in Gen 1:26:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
God’s “image” is invisible spirit, which would not have been, and cannot now be seen by flesh and blood man. Also, God’s likeness is that of a certain “ONENESS” in Spirit having more than one H6437—paniym—face—presence—person.
Deu 6:4: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
This spirit “man” was created OUT OF NOTHING as one pluralistic complex spirit, being both male and female, but only “one” man with only “one” name—Adam—as declared in Gen. 5:1-2:
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
God is a speaking God who “verbally” blessed “them” as described in Gen 5:1-2:
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Even as the LORD our God is one LORD having more than one operative capacity—face—presence—person, He also had dominion over all things. Similarly, God gave “them”—male and female—not just “him”—LIMITED dominion over certain things—the water creatures, fish, and fowl, and over every living creature that moveth upon the earth.
Notice, as a side note, that God had NOT “verbally blessed” all creatures, but only man and the “water creatures”, both the fish and the fowl. That is because the “waters” are overwhelmingly established and used repeatedly throughout all scripture as a type of the very WORD of God who “verbally” blessed both man and the water creatures. The WORD of God was Spirit, and man was created as spirit. Therefore, When the WORD of God blessed them, they were not just “spoken about” (as were the water creatures), but rather they were both “spoken to”. They were verbally told “to” be fruitful, and multiply, and to replenish the earth, and subdue it, by their dominion over creatures who had not actually been “spoken to” by their blessings. That gives us full confidence that God gave them the ability to “hear” and comprehend that Spirit-God’s perfectly spoken WORD.
THE SECOND STEP—MADE FLESH.
In order for God to carry out His plan for Salvation, He needed to “make” Adam—male and female—to become flesh. So this second step was accomplished to be able to give “them” (Adam—male and female) dominion over all the other things that the plural God had already “created”, “made”, “formed”, and “established”—all four different actions as proudly emphasized in Isaiah 45:18:
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
So after man had already been “created” spirit FROM NOTHING, on that very same day, Gen 2:7 instructively states:
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
So now man—male and female—had just been “formed”—not created— as a single body of earthy flesh. Additionally, He (male and female) then had life breathed into his nostrils that became the “life of the flesh” in man’s “blood”.
THE THIRD STEP – FORMING THE WOMAN –TAKEN OUT OF MAN So at this point, after the second step, we still had only one spirit, one fleshy body, and one living soul—Adam was still both male and female and called “the man”. Still, they need to become a woman, separate from the man, having the physical ability to produce children that could be either male, or female, but still have that same genetic ability that they had—“both male and female”. So this next third step accomplished that result as Gen 2:21-24 explains:
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Finally, we now have both an individual man and an individual woman, distinctly different, so as to BOTH being able to enjoy the entire “verbal blessing” that the WORD of God bestowed upon them. She was brought back to the man to bear children like them, capable of becoming a duality in pairs—male and female—in love, purpose, and desire. Adam certainly understood this because in Gen 2:23 we read:
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Then, AFTER gaining the knowledge of good and evil—after having already eaten that fruit providing them with that new guilt-laden knowledge, the LORD God—by SPEAKING—reached out and called unto Adam in Gen 3:9:
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
THE SEED OF THE WOMAN—THE HOPE OF GLORY.
Many Jews at the time of Christ also understood the precept of childbearing and its importance to them concerning their promised Messiah. The differences in gender of “mankind ” had been explicitly explained and underscored by Moses. Adam had blamed the woman for his sin, and then the woman blamed Satan for her sin. Yet both the man and the woman were guilty of the same sin. The LORD God handed out the sentences in the opposite direction—first to the serpent, then to the woman, and lastly, to the man. As a result of their original sin, both the man and the woman were given DIFFERENT SENTENCES that would remain as “SUFFERINGS” for them and their sons and daughters, respectively, for rest of their mortal lives, YET, would also provide the HOPE OF SALVATION to all mankind through the childbirth of the Son of God as the Son of man, through the woman, without the man. As Romans 8:18-21 explains:
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
That “seed” of the woman was cast in the light of the LORD God placing “enmity” between the serpent and the woman. That seed of the woman would bruise the serpent’s head, and the serpent would bruise the seed of the woman’s heel. This is the under-girding of God’s plan of salvation for all mankind—both for the man and the woman. Man, the responsible one passes sin to all his offspring, yet the woman would pass this promised seed without the man. This seed would be “a begotten “Son of man” through the woman--no man involved, and the “only begotten Son of God” through the woman—no man involved. Moreover, this plan provided for that same “seed of the woman” to also become the Son of Abraham, Jacob, Judah, David, and Nathan, through the woman—no man involved.
As the Son of God, Jesus was obedient to the Father and suffered, even unto the death of the cross, even as an ox suffers under a heavy work load and as the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world. Additionally, since the promise to Israel and his children was that this “seed of the woman” “Son of man” would also be that Lion of the tribe of Judah, Mary—the woman who bare that seed—also became wed to the legal heir to David’s throne--Joseph.
THEREFORE, through the childbirth of the “woman,” SALVATION has been provided by grace through faith in the seed-of-the-woman SAVIOR in accordance with all four gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Moreover, through the childbirth of the woman, the King-of-kings Lion of the tribe of Judah has been provided by Jesus as the now resurrected and only living “heir” to the throne of David in accordance with the gospels of Matthew and Luke.
So the process of “creating”, “making”, and “forming” man in three distinctly different stages was God’s plan of Salvation and righteous judgment from before the foundation of the world, as declared by Isaiah 43:3-7:
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
Accordingly, we should now know for certain that these three processes established the precept that “childbearing” would be used to provide Salvation to everyone that believeth on His name—“Savior”. The eternal WORD of God is Spirit--ONE with God, and in fact is God. The very WORD of God who blessed Adam (male and female) also took on the form of flesh when He was "begotten" of woman at a certain point in time--"this day have I begotten thee." Of course, Jesus accomplished all the work for our Salvation, suffered and died according to the scripture, rose again the third day according to the scripture. Jesus now is both the only-begotten resurrected Son of God Savior, eternal in nature thanks to childbirth of the woman, as well as the rightful "heir" to the throne of David thanks to the childbirth of the woman. The first Adam was "made" a living soul, the last Adam was made a quickening Spirit and an eternal King of the Jews.