The Bible Still Has the Answer


The Bible Still Has the Answer

The Male-Female Relationship

Today’s Star Telegram (April 14, 2007) carried an article entitled, “Evangelicals argue about roles of God, Jesus.”  The article says that some “egalitarian” (feminist) proponents claim that since Christ the Son and God the Father are equal regarding their deity, this means that the man and woman are fully equal in every way–regarding their position, roles, and activity.  When will we learn that so many of our theological and practical questions can be solved if we take Scripture seriously, as inspired of God, without addition or subtraction, and authoritative to all of our life and relationships!

The Bible speaks to both issues discussed in the article.  First, God’s Word says that Jesus is both divine (fully God in His nature) as well as submissive to God His Father.  Scripture says, “The Word [Jesus] was God” (John 1:1, 14; 20:28).  But the Bible also says, “The Son [Jesus] Himself also will be subjected to the One [God the Father] who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28).  This reveals that Jesus is fully divine or Deity, but He is also subject to God the Father.  Thus, there is equality of His nature and the Father’s nature, but Jesus has a different role and position in relation to God.

The Bible also clearly speaks of the relationship of man and woman.  Male and female are equal regarding their nature: “Male and female He [God] created them” (Genesis 1:27).  “In the Lord, neither is woman independent of man, nor is man independent of woman” (1 Corinthians 11:11).  Yet, at the same time, there is a difference in role and position of the man and woman: “Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:3).  “Man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake” (verse 9).  Thus, man and woman are equal regarding their nature (as well as being equal in intellect and blessing from God) but different regarding their position and role in marriage, in spiritual pursuits, and in society.

The parallel is clear:  Jesus can be submissive to God His Father while, at the same time, be equal with God regarding His essential nature.  Likewise, God says that the woman is to be submissive to the man (and especially the wife to the husband) while, at the same time, be equal with each other regarding their nature and position before God in Christ.  Are these truths really that difficult to understand?  They may be hard to accept for some people, but they are quite plain. 

If we accept God’s Word as truly inspired of God and given for our good, let us willingly believe and accept all that the Scriptures reveal.

Richard Hollerman



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