1 Timothy 2:15 can be a real head turner to those reading through the Bible. The verse says, “Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.”  “What? Are women saved by having babies? That is really weird!” Indeed, on the surface reading it does seem to say that. But for those who know the writings of the Apostle Paul, and know God’s will of salvation expressed through those writings, know that the surface reading is not the correct reading. I believe Dr. James Hamilton expresses the the meaning of the verse very well,

And then Paul says in 1 Tim 2:15, “yet she will be saved through childbearing.” You might look at this and say, “Well,that’s a strange thing to say. She’ll be saved through childbearing? What about the women who are barren, who can’t have children?” Well, Paul continues,“She will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self control.” Those of you who have studied Paul at all know that he believes that justification is by faith. Justification does not come as a result of some meritorious work, whether it be childbearing or anything else. So Paul is not suggesting that women will earn their salvation by childbearing. I think what he’s saying is, “Women, if you embrace your role as women,(and what he’s done is picked the one thing that men cannot do!), if you will embrace your gender, women, and continue in faith, then gladly accepting whom God has made you to be as a woman will be evidence of your faith. And the grounds of your salvation will be your faith. The evidence of your faith will be that you accept your role as women, which includes the bearing of children.


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