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Man, the Male Leadership Role as Directed by God - Part 24

Updated on January 4, 2016
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We continue with a few random thoughts on the subject, all of which eventuate in showing the man and his work is incomplete without the woman.

God has set a standard. He has given the role of overall leadership to the male of his highest order, mankind. We are His creation: Isaiah 64:8; Romans 9:21; Romans 1:21-23.

So you say, what is a woman to do? Go to church and listen? No, she is to take what she learns home and teach little ones? When she is not sure, talk to her husband? And what if she is not married? What if her husband is not a believer?

We could come up with a lot of questions. First, and foremost, what is the purpose of the question(s)? To continue the debate? Find self-importance? Or is there a legitimate reason for asking, “What is a woman to do?” The answer is “Follow the Word as close as you can.”

There will always be malcontents as long as there is a human race. No amount of “verse and scripture” is going to change their manner of challenge. But our purpose here is to show the value of “chapter and verse” and get back to following it as closely as we are able. So let’s keep to the context in which we have been talking, the “church” and related relationships. We are talking about saved people that are interested in their relationship with God and His people, and then the world. We are not to be targets for personal aggrandizement.

As far as the academic and psychological aspects that can be brought into play, we say . . . nothing. We are addressing right-minded people, in a vacuum if you will, known as the “church,” the “ekklesia,” the “saved.”

How the libertines of higher education, higher evolution, higher stature and (of course) higher income, view the Word of God or the people of God is not important. For all their talk, they have not changed in 2000 years.

Jesus said to the rich young ruler,

... If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor , and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Matthew 19:21-22

We have a lot of talk today about the rich giving away their riches. Consider yourself, if you had 50 billion dollars and gave away 500 million, would you miss it? But this “effort” won’t change a thing.

Jesus also said, "For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always." Matthew 26:11

The Bible is a practical book, so let’s be practical. That libertine bromide “What would Jesus do” is so pathetic in its use, it has become a “cutesy” phrase used by the unsaved toward the saved, just for a reaction. You ain’t Jesus! He is/was/will be God. You can't think as Him,

Isaiah 55:6-9, (6) Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: (7) Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (8) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Again, Jesus said, Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come, John 16:13.

What makes one think he is, in anyway, close to the magnificence of God, that he might think and act as God would? God, through faith in Jesus Christ, will give the Holy Spirit to all that believe. But just because you have the Spirit does not mean you will always do right. It only means you will be led, not pushed, in the proper direction, and you will probably fall flat on your face in many instances. God will pick you up, brush you off, 1 John 1:9, and you will start all over.

“What would Jesus do?” You can guess. That's about it. And you have to know you have a good chance of being wrong. Saved people are not really much different than unsaved. Peter says so:

1 Peter 4:18, And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Yes, we have a different slant on things and there will be outward changes. But the average person has a concept of right and wrong firmly ingrained by the time they get to the “age of accountability” (whatever that might be). Actions speak ones overall belief in good and evil before salvation. And we see the unsaved doing the same as the "saved" in most cases.

There is just a variation of personal grief when they misstep. But believers have an added grief. When they fail, they feel not only this personal grief, but an inner grief, the grief of knowing they have failed God.

We are all works in progress. What makes us different from the world is grace through faith, Ephesians 2:8-9. The world will steal your happiness, but not your joy.

As for the libertines, the world wooed them and they fell, Proverb 7. Now, like the proverbial “drunk” in a saloon, they seek their own. The drunk does it for the alcohol high. The libertine does it for the high of “self-importance” or some other equally worldly reason.

If we make the libertines arguments or position germane (important), then we give place to erroneous arguments related to the condition world in general and the responsibility of the believer to the world. If we stick with the precepts of God, the order of things will fall into their proper position.

So, “What is a woman to do” in the church? A “great and wonderful work.” What we will be zeroing in on, as we conclude, is their work in the church “assembly” and their related responsibilities outside of the church “building” proper.

Little is said regarding women outside the church assembly, whether they are married or single. There are a number of examples of women and their work in the church, but few directive verses.

The things of real note are . . . fidelity . . . , 1 Corinthians 7:34 and . . . modesty . . . , 1 Timothy 2:9, these being but a couple of pertinent issues. And there other verses used, or which could be used, to direct social actions of women, such as 1 Timothy 5:2-16.

But, men, don’t get too haughty or legalistic in these areas. Note that men are addressed in and around each of these verses, as well as in other places. Man or woman, we each have required actions of propriety before God and man. Remember neither can exist without the other. Women are equally important in God’s work.

One item we see quite clear is God has instituted a working relationship for the married couple. In all of what we have covered, the women are best described as “married.” We are not saying this is a requirement of women, but it appears it is a requirement for the women if they are to fulfill their appointed duties in the church, and home.

God, in his infinite wisdom, might be saying “People must experience a situation in order to fully understand its concepts and use it in a helpful manner.” As we looked at the many roles of women, we found they were surrounded by “family.” These were not necessarily “titled” roles, but were very important roles as, again, they molded the young lives of those they tutored.

And what are “titled” roles in the church? We have the Bishop, 1 Timothy 3:2, and we have the Deacon, 1 Timothy 3:10,delineated. The “title” of Elder, Acts 14:23,{ordained} vs. 1 Timothy 5:1 {older man}) stands as an enigma, with disagreement of scriptural stature. Yet, of note, none of these are designated as being a position held by a woman.

And that brings us to a primary issue, and we must be mindful it is an ongoing debate in the Church of Jesus Christ. It is the area or title of “deaconess.” Next time ...


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