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Are Men and Women Equal?

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Are Men and Women Equal?

Whenever I hear this question, I tend to respond, “Can a Queen be a King?”

In today’s society, there are many opinions on this topic. Some women might suggest that “woman should be above men”, where as some men might suggest “women are below them”. Even in Christendom, many of us take Ephesians 5:22-23 out of context by replacing “submission” with slavery or replacing “husbands” with dictator. I, especially as a young man used to think this way. But let’s look at this from a biblical view.

Genesis 1:26-27 states that God created male AND female in HIS own image. Though we know that Adam was created first, he was incomplete. That is why scripture (Genesis 2:18) states “it is not good for man to be alone.” From there, while Adam was in a deep sleep, God took his rib and created woman with it. I find this interesting because the rib is found on the side of the body. A nonconformist Minister and author, Matthew Henry, stated that “Eve was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”

God created man and gave him the RESPONSIBILITY of being the “head” (lead servant) of his wife. It is his duty to love her, serve her, care for her, and honor her. In addition to that, he must be able to provide for her in all physical, spiritual and emotional aspects. But in Gods wisdom, as I stated earlier, man is incomplete, so the role that a wife plays is as EQUALLY important. A wife’s RESPONSIBILITY is to be the “helper” to her husband. She is there to help her husband with whatever task the Lord has given them to do. We hear the woman is the backbone to a successful man and if we are to go by scripture, we should believe that to be true. So, we can see that men and women are equals in worth but they have been assigned different roles by God.

A Pastor and author by the name of Josh Harris wrote a book titled “Boy Meets World”. In this book he affirms the biblical teaching that is called Complementarianism, which is a theological view held by Christians that men and women have different responsibilities but they are complementary roles.

“From the first two chapters of the Bible we learn that Adam and Eve were created equal in God’s sight. Within the context of their equality, God assigned men and women different roles. He made Adam first, signifying his unique role as leader and initiator. He created Eve from Adam and brought her to Adam to be his helper in the tasks God had assigned him. She was made to complement, nourish, and help her husband. God’s greatest gift to man was “a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18). This doesn’t minimize a woman’s role, but it does define it.

Men and women were created equal, yet different. And the fact that we’re different is wonderful. God didn’t make us to duplicate each other, but to complement each other. The point here is not that Adam was better than Eve, just as God the Father is not “better” than God the Son. Father and Son are equal in essence, power, glory, but they have different roles; and the Son joyfully submits to the Father’s will (1 Corinthians 15:28). So in marriage a husband and wife are equal, even though Scripture tells the wife to joyfully submit to her husband’s leadership.

As a woman, it may be hard to take in these truths, however that is a normal feeling. But I believe a husband can make his wife’s role of submission easier for her by first loving her as Christ loves the Church. In this way, it will not be a dictatorship but a marriage that will be modeling Christ and His Church.

As spouses we should heed to the instructions of the Lord and understand that whatever He has told us to do is actually for our good. As we follow His instructions, they WILL bring joy and fulfillment into our lives.

 

More info at https://answersingenesis.org/family/gender/inferior-or-equal/

ONLY ONE GOSPEL! (Galatians Made Easy)

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Galatians 1:6-10

Going through this text, it is assumed that the Galatians had turned away from him, who called them in the grace of Christ, to another gospel. We don’t necessarily know what the other teachings were, but it was clearly not the good news of Christ; that man had fallen and was in desperate need of redemption through the only one who could provide it (Jesus)!
ONLY ONE GOSPEL!

6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Vs6,7: The use of the word Marvel reveals Paul’s on going shock at the Galatians’ defection of the gospel of God’s amazing grace. The Galatians had clearly fallen for a different gospel, one which was not another true message of salvation at all. When we look around today there are many messages, doctrines, and theologies that we must be careful of, the bible makes the message of salvation clear for those awakened by the holy spirit. There were many in that time trying to cause trouble, and those were the ones who sought to pervert this precious gospel we have for their own selfish gain. There are many of these still in our generation today.

Vs8,9: Paul moves from the hypothetical (in v6,7), to actually denouncing the Galatians perversion of the gospel. Paul declares that even if an apostle or an angel from heaven presents to you another gospel, let him be accursed! And with that being said, anyone who proclaimed a perversion of the message that the Galatians received from Paul, fully deserved Eternal destruction. Paul’s seriousness and concern for the purity of the gospel message is revealed by his assertion that he would condemn to destruction anyone who taught a false gospel.

Vs10: Pleasing man was neither Paul’s mandate, motivation, nor source of his authority (see vs1). Paul continually sought approval from God. He did not base his decisions on the opinions of people or things. He single-mindedly aimed to please God in all he did and devoted his life to the cause of the Gospel. As an apostle, Paul was a mighty leader, but always knew at the end of the day he was simply a bondservant of Christ Jesus, the Magnificent.

[Prayer May we have this same zeal and passion for the gospel as Paul did, May our live be devoted to Jesus and his work he assigned us to do. Lord empower, and equip us to do just as your word says to do, In Jesus Name, Amen.]

Galatians Made Easy Series (1:1-5)

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While reading through the book of Galatians, I realized how interesting the letter Paul wrote to them was. It was very insightful, inspiring, and edifying. I wanted other people to feel how I felt, and find a way to make the word of God of interest to them. So I decided to simply make a blog series called “Galatians Made Easy”. This will be a quick studies on chapters throughout the book, and I will highlight key things that stood out to me as I indulged in studies throughout Apostle Paul’s letter. THIS IS NOT to replace your own personal bible readings or studies but just to encourage you to search deeper in the word and actually learn to love it; we are all on this journey together!

Introduction to the book & Paul’s Greeting. (1:1-5)

When we search through the scriptures, we see no more passionate, comprehensive, yet mind boggling truths of the gospel than in the book of Galatians. Paul profoundly speaks about salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone (Solus Christus) (Gal 2:16; 3:11,12). Salvation is not earned by what you do or what you think you can do, many of us fall into the trap of trying to receive salvation by the deeds we do. Paul’s concise refusal to agree with the Judaizers in this letter changed and transform so many lives from, my heroes Martin Luther (The revolutionary reformer and father of Protestantism) to John Wesley (Father of the Methodist & Holiness Movement). People want to generally work their way to heaven by their good deeds and that is easily seen. I believe that is why there are so many religions that say “do good and go to heaven”. But in this book Paul reveals the arrogance of such thinking. It ends up coming to a false view of the gospel and turns people away from the Lord (Gal 1:6). We are able to stand justified before God, but only through Jesus Christ, because nothing else CAN and will save.

Vs 1 Paul an apostle.
We see that the first thing Paul gives is a salutation of who he is which is an apostle. He had the right to carry that title 1) He was called and given that authority by Christ when he met him on the road to Damascus 2) to assert his divinely given authority to speak to the problem confronting the Galatian churches.

Vs 2 To the churches of Galatia
He states “Churches” which means this letter was actually a circular to several assemblies within Galatia.

Vs 3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ
Paul uses Grace which was a standard greeting in his time and Peace which is the Greek translation of traditional Hebrew greeting. I personally believe he combines these two ideas of grace and peace to introduce the message that he is trying to give. (Check out 1 Cor 1:3, 2 Cor 1:2). The true message of salvation is based solely on God’s grace (1:6, 2:21) received by faith (eph 2:8) and it provides peace with God (rom 5:1)

Vs 4 who gave Himself for our sins
This is just a foreshadow of Paul’s later discussion on redemption and quickly summarizes the good news that Christ died for you. (1 Cor 15:3)

that He might deliver us from this present evil age
When Paul mentions this, it is quite similar to Colossians 1:13 which states that Christ has delivered us from the power of darkness into his kingdom. Both scriptures develop this truth based on the redemptive work of Christ.

 

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