I Timothy 2:11-15
This is the word of God for all time!
Let the woman learn in silence,….The apostle would have them learn in silence, and not offer to rise and speak. They may teach in private, in their own houses and families; they are to be teachers of good things, Titus 2:3. They are to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; but not to teach in the church; for that is an act of power and authority, and supposes the persons that teach to be of a superior degree, and in a superior office, and to have superior abilities to those who are taught by them: nor to usurp authority over the man; as not in civil and political things, or in things relating to civil government; and in things domestic, or the affairs of the family; so not in things ecclesiastical, or what relate to the church and government of it; for one part of rule is to feed the church with knowledge and understanding; and for a woman to take upon her to do this, is to usurp an authority over the man: this therefore she ought not to do.
Eve was formed out of him, and here lies the strength of the apostle’s reason, why the woman should be in subjection to the man; because she was made out of him, and made for him, see 1 Corinthians 11:8. So that the woman’s subjection to the man is according to the laws of nature and creation; and was antecedent to the fall;
But the woman being deceived was in the transgression: and the serpent really beguiled her; she owned it herself, Genesis 3:13.she, by her persuasions and example, brought her husband into the same sin; which involved him and all his posterity in ruin and destruction. And observe the order of the punishment of the serpent, Eve, and Adam, as of their sin; the serpent was first accursed, then Eve, and last of all Adam. Adam being the stronger and more knowing person, and less capable of being managed and seduced; but Eve was deceived, it appears that the man is the more proper person to bear rule and authority, as in civil and domestic, so in ecclesiastic affairs; and it is right for the woman to learn, and the man to teach:
But women, particularly such as profess godliness, shall be saved in childbearing; meaning spiritual and eternal salvation; not that bearing children is the cause but that good women shall be saved, notwithstanding their bearing and bringing forth children in pain and sorrow, according to the original curse. Notwithstanding the fall of man by the means of the woman, yet there is salvation for both men and women, through the birth of Immanuel, the child born, and Son given;
if they continue in faith and charity, and holiness, with sobriety.
Adapted from John Gill.