For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. (1 Timothy 2:13-15 ESV)

I have always struggled to understand this passage. I have read some very good commentaries (Philip Towner, Gordon Fee, William Mounce), and listened to several messages by pastors and theologians I trust to help me unlock its meaning and application. But the interpretation of this text that has been most helpful for me is articulated in the following paper by Andreas Kostenberger. Rather than summarizing his conclusions, I simply commend to you his exegesis of this challenging and encouraging text.

Saved Through Childbearing? A Fresh Look at 1 Timothy 2:15 Points to Protection from Satan’s Deception