Please explain I Tim 2:9. Is there anywhere in th NT that tells christians to “Dress Our Best” to do the Lord’s work, eg Suit and tie before a brother can serve communion or participate in the Worship service? I can’t find anywhere in the NT where Jesus or the Apostles infer that our dress should be something other than modest, more covered than uncovered.
1 Tim. 2:1, First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.
7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
8 Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.
9 Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments,
10 but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.
Paul is here instructing the young preacher Timothy as to what he is to teach and preach. He is not just talking about a worship service, but is giving instructions for our every day lives including the times we worship God. He is emphasizing the spiritual person rather then the outside appearance. That is we should be more concerned about being spiritually correct in the eyes of God than making a good impression on our fellow man.
Verse nine is instructing women to first of all, be spiritually minded rather than worldly minded.
Nowhere does the scripture give a dress code, all the nations of the world have different customs, but we are to dress modestly, in a way that does not draw attention to us.
When we are in a worship service to God and in his presence we should be at our best, and show proper reverence for Him. That does not mean we have to dress a certain way but we should dress in a way that would not be offensive to anyone in or out of the church.