I AM the God who Created Men and Women 1 Tim 2: 9-15

When looking at the subject of women’s rights from the standpoint of evolution and

There’s more than equality when controlled by Christ.

humanism, men and women must strive for personal rights and advancement at the cost of all others.  This mentality alone should tell us what God thinks about this subject – the polar opposite; which is mutual, voluntary submission and encouragement to others, acknowledging their God given strengths and admitting their own natural human weaknesses. Don’t write me off yet.

If God was to metaphorically represent himself in creation, then his body would be seen by Adam. If that was so, then Eve would represent the beauty of his face.  When God made man and women “in his image” joined in marriage, then together they represent all of God’s transferable character traits.  All of those traits which God placed in Adam, he divided between the two of them so that only together, they would be complete.

1 Tim 2: 9 – 15 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 knows how my creation works best.  I know the ins and outs of the human psyche and what make men and women tick.  I know the thoughts and intents of your heart, your weaknesses and your tendency for pride. 

 I made Eve perfectly from Adam’s side.  I made her to be the crowning glory of man.  I made her for Adam because I knew that he needed her to complete him.  And through their unity, I can see myself reflected. 

 Even in her perfection in the garden, Eve acted irrespective of her husband’s wisdom and leadership, and also because Adam bowed to her emotional choice to eat the fruit, my curse upon them is relevant to their participation in the sin.  Now women will always want not only to act independently, but to actually usurp men’s place of authority.  And man will either cower to their will or try to conquer their women.  Just because you happen to be in the church age does not mean that this curse is reversed.  Quite the contrary, you still have the sin nature.  Only in submission to the Holy Spirit do you have the power to submit to your proper roles within the family and in the church for my gloryThe question is, what do you want more, personal rights or my Spirit’s control as you humble yourselves and receive my grace? You can’t have it both ways. 

Nowhere in scripture are Christians told that they are to stand up for their rights.  As a matter of fact, quite often, Scripture tells us to do the exact opposite.  “Deny yourself”; “consider others above yourself”, “if you want to be great, become servants of all.”

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.  Only together, acting in the roles He gave you respectively will your children see all of His divine characteristics displayed.  Men are to be in authority and women lovingly supporting.  Men are to lay their own agendas down to help the women.  Women are to submit to and encourage the headship of the husband just as Jesus submitted himself to the father – always, only doing what the Father instructed. Women are to use all their strengths to build up the marriage and home – not strive for personal gain and recognition outside the family.  Women are to typify this voluntary submissiveness. Older ladies are to teach the younger women these principles.  Women of the world clamor for the worlds fame.

Women have special desires.  Just as God gave man his characteristic of strength and protection, so too God gave women the characteristic of beauty and grace.  He gave her the characteristic and desire to be noticed.  God loves for us to notice him in all he does and made in this universe.  God desires to be loved by his creation, so this desire he gave primarily to women.  Nobody has to teach little girls the desire to dance and spin in their dresses for their earthly fathers to notice them.  Just as men like to see who is the strongest, so too women love to walk the catwalks at fashion shows and beauty pageants.  Yet they can steal the limelight from God by this desire, placing emphasis on their physical attractiveness above the inner beauty of submission.  This is what Paul is talking about.

God also placed in women the more sensitive spirit, the stronger desire for intimate relationship with God, men and other women, as well as their uncanny intuition which we men need to heed at times of indecision.  And women are not worried that they may appear weak or needy which is one reason they more readily accept God’s salvation.

In men he placed the strong desire to be right and to fix error, thus men argue and fight and go to war over right and wrong with the desire to protect their lifestyles and ideas of truth.  Men hate being told that they are wrong or lost.  Men tend to overlook relationships and talking out about their feelings which goes against their view of what makes them strong.  In their pride, men do not want to appear to be needy and weak.  All these traits are tainted by the sin nature.

Out of all the religions of the world that I have studied, only in Christ do women have the elevated position given by God to that of joint heirs with man.  However this is not a license to overstep the spiritual order which God instituted in the Garden by being independent, but voluntarily subjecting to the authority God gave to men.  Remember that in Christ, together men and women will comprise the Bride of Christ to reign with Christ for eternity.  Yet the Bride of Christ would never act independent from Christ, 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 will desire to rule over the man.  Because Adam laid down his leadership to the woman’s desire to eat the fruit, men will tend to cave to the pressures placed on them by the women.  On the other hand, men can react against their women like the rest of Eve’s curse says, “he will rule over you” (beat them into submission) italics mine.

The spirit filled life is the answer to the curse which is found in Eph ch 5.  Both men and women are to voluntarily lay down their perceived rights in order to love and submit to each other thus showing the mutuality of co-reigning in this world and in the next world in Christ.  Mutual submission looks differently between men and women.  Men show an attitude of submission by laying down their agendas and lives for the nurturing and encouragement of their women.  Women submit by yielding their felt need of control and manipulation to make the men do what they want.

Women are responders.  It is thought that if the men would act right then women would naturally take their place beside them.  But as women live in the flesh, this is the last thing on their mind.  Yet the Bible says that women are to respect unconditionally just as men are to love unconditionally.  Both are acts of faith and both require absolute commitment to Christ’s power in meeting your own personal needs.  Loving an unlovely wife and respecting a slouch of a husband are both expected of us by the Lord.  Can we trust God to meet our real needs so that we can meet the needs of our spouses?  Men, step up to the plate and live for God by his power before your family, laying down your rights and self centered plans.  Women step up to the plate and live for your man and family, laying down your rights to control by respecting his position as you would for do it for Christ as his bride.

By no means is this comprehensive, but there is just not enough room to cover this subject in entirety and I know that some of you have points that could be added.  But the heart of this passage is remembering the order of creation which God established both by design as well as because of the curse.

More to come,

Steve

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Missionary with New Tribes Mission since 1989
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