I AM represented to the World by men & women’s unity. 1 Tim chapter 2

When Christianity’s focus ceases to be about worshiping God and loving others, then

Is God pleased with this?

church digresses into a bunch of men arguing and women’s vying for attention.  You don’t have to look very far to see that men like to argue about being right and wrong (wars and divisions are started this way), and women love to be looked at and fashionable.  My brothers and sisters, even though this is reality, it is because of the curse and has no place in the church.  Why are we really supposed to go to church?  Isn’t church to be a small glimpse of what we will be doing in heaven – knowing God and worshiping him as a result? 

Instructions on Worship

2  I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles. 8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. 9 I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. 11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

Who are you Lord?

I AM the God who desires all men to be saved.  These things are what I have done accomplish this task.  I died so that all may live with me forever.  I commissioned Paul to write down this good news and give it to the known world.  Then I commanded that my church take this good news around the world through each generation and that they live godly, holy, peaceful and quiet lives for all to see and want.  By your devoted lives, the world will see my holiness and want me.  I AM the God of peace and I desire peace for each of you but I know that your hearts are prone to fight each other in pride.  So pray for peace between you, because it is harder to fight when you are praying for each other.

 I am the almighty God; I ask you to walk humbly and dependent upon me for everything by praying and thanksgiving.  You men walk uprightly as appropriate of being my children.  I see your inner desire to always be right, fighting and arguing your points to get your way.  It’s Pride.  Deny yourself, die to self and build others up.  You women live submissively in humility, faith, love, and sobriety as my daughters so as to attract the world to me.  Remember these are internal traits; don’t get hung up on physical beauty like the world does.  I see the secret desires of your vanity, your desire to be noticed and adored by all.  It’s Pride.  Be like me – internally beautiful and righteous. 

 In Christ I have made men and women equal, but even Christ did not cling to his equality with Me.  He laid it aside to be a servant and an example to all.  The world clamors for equal rights, and for women’s rights, but in me they are not something that is to be demanded, rather they are to be laid down for others sake.  Thus it is uncomely for you, my children to demand and fight for them.  You are not citizens of this world but of heaven, children of the king – so act like it.   

What are the key ingredients that make Christians attractive so that people would want to become believers in Christ?  What does God deem attractive in His children?  I can guarantee you that it is not the same thing that Madison Avenue’s worldly wisdom.   However, when believers put on His attributes, God draws people to himself by his heavenly wisdom through you.

The reason women are to live submissively within the confines of church is because the picture of the Godhead was placed in the first husband and wife unified in marriage.  Adam and Eve were mutually submitted to one another and only together were they complete.  Only when women and men love and submit to one another in mutual respect can this picture reflect the unity which is within the Godhead to the world.  Your children too will see all of His divine characteristics and attributes displayed to them when the husband and wife act in the roles God gave you.  Men are to be in authority and women lovingly supporting.  Men are to lay down their own agendas to help the women.  Women are to submit to and encourage the headship of the husband. Women are to use all their strengths to build up the marriage and home – not tear it down by striving for personal gain and recognition.  You don’t see Jesus demanding his own way from the Father, but he submitted himself to the father always, only doing what the Father instructed and that he did it for his bride.  Women are to be a picture of this submissiveness. Not just husband and wife but all men and women should reflect their particular roles which God instilled in them within the church.

Out of all the religions of the world, only in Christ do women have the elevated position given by God with that of man.  Not to be independent, but voluntarily subjecting to the authority God gave to men.  In Christ, men and women together will comprise the Bride of Christ to reign with Christ for eternity.  Yet the Bride of Christ will not act independent from God, so why do women today desire so much to destroy that beautiful picture of unity by demanding their own sovereignty?  It is because of the curse – women naturally desire to rule over the man.  Because Adam laid down his leadership to the Eve’s desire to eat the fruit so now men will tend to cave to the pressures placed on them by women or men react by dominating them.

The answer to the curse placed on humanity in the Garden is found in Eph ch 5, which is the spirit filled life.  Both men and women are to voluntarily lay down their perspective rights in order to love and submit to the other thus showing the mutuality of co-reigning in this world and in the next world in Christ.  Only God can do this for and through you.  But beware, Gal 5:17 says that the flesh will war against the Spirit’s desire for you in this.

More to come,

Steve

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Missionary with New Tribes Mission since 1989
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