1Ti 2:1-2 ESV First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, (2) for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
As followers of God we should be praying for all mankind but particularly for those that have been placed in positions of government on this planet. Our Father either allows these people to be in these positions or He sets them up Himself.
Dan 2:20-22 ESV Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. (21) He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; (22) he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.
It’s pleasing in the eyes of our Father for us to pray on behalf of others. It’s a sign of the empathy we should have for our fellow man that has been shrouded in darkness and given over to a reprobate mind so they might learn the true knowledge and power of the One True God. Notice what Timothy says: “There is one God”. There is no god made up of two or three different parts but all part of the same being. There is ONE GOD who is our Saviour.
1Ti 2:3-6 ESV This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, (4) who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (5) For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (6) who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
There is also one mediator who Timothy identifies as Jesus the Christ. Jesus gave himself as a ransom for all. He didn’t sacrifice his life for some, but for all. Jesus’ sacrifice was enough to cover ALL sin. Otherwise, his sacrifice would be inadequate.
There is ONE God who is our Father in heave. There is ONE messiah who gave his life so we might gain ours. He is our High priest (Heb 5:5-6) and our brother (Heb 2:11-15) but as Timothy points out he is not God. He is our head and he sits at the right hand of the Father. All things have been put in subjection to him except the Father Himself (1 Cor 15:27).
We honor Jesus as the head of the church, as the one who laid down his life to pay our debt for the sins we commit. We give respect him and are under his authority. He is our lord and we are his subjects. We worship God the Father alone and no other.
Rev 22:8-9 ESV I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, (9) but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God."