Headship Does Not Mean Boss But As A Source of Life From God Of Serving Us and We serving Them and Other Humans.
Jesus Christ is our Source of life through his servant leadership example
Do you still have that first love of Jesus Christ, Revelation 2:4? Do you know what that love is? What was one of the main purposes for Jesus Christ's first coming. What was God's promise to Satan, Genesis 3:15? Wasn't it the promise of a Savour born of a woman that would come and revive that lost relationship of equality of men and women lost in the Garden of Eden, caused by Satan's deception of Eve, Genesis 1:31, Genesis 2:23-24, Genesis 3:11-14. The most amazing thing here was Adam's reluctance to help his wife with stand the Devil. He let it happen and sinned with his eyes wide open. He should have been willing to give his life to protect his wife Eve the way Jesus Christ gave his life for His future Bride the Church, Ephesians 5:25.
Jesus came to restore the breach in our gender relationships almost two thousand years ago. Jesus Christ was the second Adam, 1 Corinthians 15:45-49. Jesus Christ gave his life for his future Bride because he loved her and served her even unto death, Ephesians 5:25. How many men would do this for their fiances or wives today? I hope a lot of them would if they love their wives the way Jesus loved his Church. Jesus Christ is that pure "Seed" of the Father who died so we could be born again in God's birthing center the Church. He is also that "seed" of Abraham by which God the Father would restore the gender relationships of all humans in Christ's Egalitarian Church, Galatians 3:14-16,26-29. This is Christ's love for us humans, equality!
Jesus Christ spoke lovingly to his future Church and encouraged her the way he did to many of the women in the beginning of his New Testament Church, Revelation 2:1-3,5. He also warned his Church that some had already begun to follow the Platonic teachings of the Gnostic Nicoliatans. These teaching were responsible for more marginalization of women again that would disrupt the equality in the Churches of God. It didn't take very long for future Churches to once again forbid women not to have any say as leaders such as apostles, prophets, evangelists and preachers. This deception wormed it's way into the Church even though Jesus had set his example of servant leadership for us in Matthew 20:25-28. The teachings of male dominance and male institutional hierarchies that rejected women as leaders now returned because men prefered to listen to pagan men and not God, Matthew 15:7-9.
The Apostle Paul wrote many encouraging words for both men and woman. He insisted that both should submit to one another and follow Christ's example of reciprocal love and service to one another, Ephesians 5:21. It amazes me how some would try to change the meaning in Ephesians 5:21-33 to give men a more dominant role over women. Just like Adam they ignore the Creator's Words for their own selfish reasoning, just like Adam in the Garden of Eden, for self gain. Will men ever learn to be mindful of Christ Words and examples? Oh, yes, they will because Jesus is coming back to settle our gender relationships once and for all, Revelation 22:8-17. Will you be ready? Do you need help? Do you want to be part of Christ's Egalitarian Church. If you do, contact Christians for Biblical Equality and find how you can regain your place in Christ's royal priesthood of all believers, 1 Peter 2:2-10. Check our link to CBE. God bless you all! Try Gilbert Bilezikians's book, "Beyond Sex Roles." for ,more insight on this subject of equality of men and women / verses domination of women by men.
The Word for headship or head means fountainhead or life source. This word is the Greek word "kephale". In the perspective of creation it makes sense that Jesus Christ is the fountainhead of mankinds life, and that man is the fountainhead of the woman's life because she was made from one of his ribs close to his heart. Also, from the perspective of the incarnation, God the Father is the fountainhead of Christ's life since he begot Christ as his first born Son, John 3:16-17. But the interpretation of the word for head or headship as ruler or authority, when applied to Biblical text as master, would change its entire meanimg as in Ephesians 5:22, (which does not exist in the original Greek). It would give us a chain of subordination moving from the top of a hierarchy of power to the bottom it would show: God is Christ's ruler, Christ is man's ruler, man is woman's ruler. This raises several problems contrary to the apostle Paul's teachings in Ephesians 5:21-33. Paul's teachings in his precise sequential setting of these three elements are not building on a chain of command authoritive structure in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.
Paul knows how to write an orderly sequence on a scale of gradual differentiation. In 1 Corinthians 11:3, he begins with Christ/man, which in a hierarchical structure should be in the second position; he goes on with man/woman, which in in a hierarchical sturcture should be in the third position, and he ends with with God/Christ which in an hierarchical structure should be in the first position. It is not very likely that Paul would have jumbled up the sequence in a matter involving God, Christ, and humans as he kept his hierachy straight as he dealt with the lesser subject of spiritual gifts in, 1 Corinthians 12:28.
When some scholars miss these points they can give a wrong impression on these scriptures in Ephesians 5:21-33. The very point that verse "22" borrows the verb 'submit' from verse "21" and gives many a wrong interpretation of these verses about some kind of male hierachy not based on Christ's servant leadership but on a need for women to submit to men in some type of male hierarchy, Mark 10:42-45. Jesus taught equality in the genders just like it was before the fall in Genesis 1:26-27; 3:12-16. Verse "21" is the one of the verses that introduces mutuality and equality in the Church between men an women. Verse "22" while the verb 'submit" distorts these verses and gives another false concept about some kind of hierarchy between men and woman. It should read, 'woman to the man and man to the woman.'
The verb "submit" is not present in the original text and would read "wives to there husbands as to the Lord." and husbands to the wives as to the Lord. Verse "21" is the hinge verse that means that mutual submission is the proper attitude of believers toward one another within the church. Mutual submission and servant leadership are the rules for all believers. This is why the apostle Paul was able to move from the application of the principle of mutual submission among believers within the church (vv. 18-20) to its application between husbands and wives within the home (vv. 22-33). Everyone should get a copy of Gilbert Bilezikians interesting book "Beyond Sex Roles, and find out what the Bible says about a woman's place in the Church and family. Check wih Christians for Biblical Equality's web site link. I'm sure you can get your copy there.
Another very important book is, 'God's Word to Women," by Katherine C. Bushnell, she was a scholar of both Hebrew and Greek. When God was calling her to His work, Katherine asked God to show her that if the apostle Paul did not preach against women, she would obey him. The result of her petition was the anointing of her "Language Scholarship Potential," to reveal divine truths revealed in her book. It was and still is used "to the praise of the glory of his grace" (Ephesians 1:6). She was not on any man-ordained translation commitee, but was was commissioned to reveal the glorious truths of God's planned role for woman in His planned role of participation in "so great a salvation".
As I have already mentioned the teachings of the Greek Platonic teachings, these came along with the teachings of the Babyloniam Talmud. These teaching mingled with rabbinism or Judaism with paganism and Kabalah Gnosticism to place the badge of inferiority and servility upon women, by the Noahide Laws. Did you know that women originally had their place in regular Tabernacle service? This is conceded by Biblical scholars, as proved by the technical terms in Exodus 38:8 and 1 Samuel 2:22, as "serving women." It was changed to "fasting women" by the translators of the Septuagint Greek, and the phrase in 1 Samuel 2:22 was entirely dropped. These pagan translators thought that the the idea of women serving in the Tabernacle was so odious that it had to begotten rid of.
What men will do to exalt their egos above women. This was a willful translation which some men seem adept at, to put down the female right to preach. There has been a strong tendacy for uninspired translating men to misinterpret scripture. Peter made this same statement about those so called scholars that twist the apostle Paul's words along with many other scriptures that have to do with the equality of women with men. They do so to their own distruction, 2 Peter 3:13-16. We should not be so easily fooled by these so called men of their god, Satan. We need to beware lest we be led away with the errror of the wicked and fall from our own steadfastness, 2 Peter 3:17-18. You can find a copy of Katerine Bushnell's book, "God's Word To Women," at Christians For Biblical Equality. Check our link to their wedsite..
For some reason male scholars of the so called "Christian Church" seem intent at forever putting down and marginalizing women as inferior humans. How can this be so if Jesus Christ came to put them in their place right besides the men in his priesthood of all believers? Could this be part of Satan's plan to keep us divided. Another very interesting book on this subject is: "Beyond the Curse" by Aida Besancon Spencer. She writes so well giving many details about what what happened in the Garden of Eden when the first man and woman were equals. Its that same old story that men refuse to admit that they sinned willingly with their eyes wide opened, Romans 5:12. That Adam was not clever enough to deceive God about his reluctance to help Eve who was plainly very deceived by Satan. God no doubt saw the whole scenario come into place.
This same belittling attitude against women was present in the days of Jesus Christ. You would think that after several hundred years after the Jewish captivity at Babylon things would have changed for the good. This was not so then and is basically the same in many Christian Churches that brought this same sinister attitude with them from the rabbitical Jews and pagan Platonic Greeks as part of their male hierarchical "Christianity" based on Adam's need to dominate Eve. All contrived by their new god Satan the devil, Revelation 12:9.
After thousands of years of women being marginalized you would think that many women would be ready to follow Jesus' egaltarian leadership but sadly even some woman see nothing wrong with male headship over them. They think this is okay to be under the authority of a male. and dump their problems on men instead of Jesus. Man is not a go between for women and God.. This is a false sense of security for most women who have been abused by these very same men who think that they are the head or boss of women. Jesus did not give men authority over women in the Old Testament nor New Testament. He is the only authority a woman needs. Just like Mary who sought to listen to Jesus instead of being like Martha taking care of pots and pans, Luke 10:38-42.
Those that follow Jesus' way of equality will be blessed but those women that have been mislead by male headship are under a divine curse. Woman need to go "Beyond the Curse" and become part of Christ's priesthood of all believers. Remember in the beginning Adam man and Adam woman were One.and reflected God's perfect image in equality, mutuality and harmony, Genesis 2:24, Genesis 1:26-31. Like the apostle Paul we should thank God daily that the wretched leadership or authority of men has been replaced by Jesus the Christ, Romans 7:24-25. Jesus Christ is the way and the truth for women, not a bunch of egotistical males puffed up in their mind about how great they are with their false sense of authority over women, Jeremiah 17:9-10, Proverbs 14:12, Matthew 15:7-9. Remember Jesus Christ will re-pay everyone for what they have done with his Words, Revelation 22:12.
For those women that seem to wear rose colored glasses and do not see abuse of woman by males in their churches as any grieveous concern, these pampered woman need to read, "Women, Abuse, and the Bible," by Catherine Clark Kroeger and James R. Beck along with their other amazing book, "Healing the Hurting". If all this abuse does not exist in your church than you must be totally blind of what goes on in the real world of male patriarchy and hierarchical chain of command churches. Protestant churches are just as bad as some Catholic congregations with all their wife abuse, incense and pedophillia against their own members, wives and children. These same women have been so brain washed that they think these problems are caused because these wives and children are not submissive enough to their abusive husbands and fathers. The above mentioned books can be found on our Christians For Biblical Equality's website link.
So, Christ's first love is for his Church His Bride. Our first love should be Christ since he is the husband of the Bride, US, and we should listen to him and the Holy Spirit who is in us, 1 Corinthians 3:16! Yes, we humans together male and females make up Christ's Bride and Church, 1 Corinthians 12:13-14. How men and women treat each other has to do with love for one another. This is Christ's teachings here in Ephesians 5:21-33. Christ love is unconditional love even before he marries his Church at his second coming, Revelation 19:7-10. This is that great mystery of Christ's love for his Church his wife. This relationship of man to women should picture in each family a minature marriage of Christ for the Church. The even deeper meaning is the reflecting of Christ's relationship to the Church is, as God the Father's relationship to His Bride and Wife the Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh. It is a very amazing relationship since women are like the Holy Spirit that dwells in the Church and gives the Church its feminine qualities, Galatians 5:22-26.
So men need to care lovingly for their wives as Christ cares for his Church. And women are to respect their husbands but reverence Christ as their source of life in the Spirit. This may be a great mystery to some but to those that recognize the works of the Holy Spirit and Jesus it should not be so hard to understand, John 3:3-8,16-17, Revelation 22:17. Christ love should reflect the Father's love for the Holy Spirit and his Son. We males are to reflect this same kind of love for our wives and children as Christ loves the Church, Ephesians 5:30-33. We as children are also to obey the Father as to the Lord. Each one of us as individuals make up part of the Church and are the Father's Children also, Ephesians 6:1-7, 2 Corinthians 6:16-18. Truthfully, this is a great mystery if you are following the patriarchal chain of command headship teachings. But we can understand it if we let the Holy Spirit teach us, John 16:13.Jesus Christ leaves His Father and Mother and cleaves to His wife the Church and they becme one, Ephesians 5:32, Gensis 2:23-24.
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Now it is time to get about our Father's business and follow Jesus Christ lead to confirm our faith and hope for our redemption against sin and certain death. We no longer can be complacent and think that this country can run its self without our help. We are the Country and what we do now will effect how our children and other peoples around the world and give them a chance to survive into God's Kingdom. Check out Chuck Baldwin's web page and see how you can be part of God's Christian Right Tea Party and win our nation back. Check Chuck Baldwin's website along with Alex Jones' website and see how you can help us out and help yourself to get ready for some very hard work to make our nation a first rate nation again. We may have to wait until the Millenium but we will get our nation back with super blessings in our new inheritance.
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