Contend Earnestly: The Role of Women: Part III

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Role of Women: Part III

Woman’s Role Found in Christ

Think of this. An excellent woman will work all day and night to get the household in order, she will help with finances if that is truly needed, she will be in subjection to the husband, even if he is a jerk, she brings along younger women, she can’t be an elder, she can’t teach a man from the pulpit…

Is this fair? Is it fair that a man can’t have a baby? Can’t grow close to the child through nursing? I don’t think it is an issue of fairness…it is just different.

What would society, or even some churches say, if you as a woman were to say to your husband, "Here is what I think, but I will gladly submit to whatever decision you deem to be the best under the rule of Christ."

What would society think of this? What do you think of this?

Look to Luke 22:41-42

And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
Luke 22:41-42

Look to Phil 2:3-11

What is the main purpose in this passage? Understanding humility through Christ.

For what purpose did Christ show humility? Verse 11 states that it was for the glory of God the Father

So, Jesus humbled himself to come down from His glory, to live a perfect life, to die on the cross, put to shame by men, to take our sin, and to rise again.

Did God the Father do this? Did the Holy Spirit do this? No.

So Christ has a different role than the other persons of the Trinity? Yes.

Why did Christ come to earth? To glorify God

Why is the Holy Spirit in us? John 16:14 says to glorify Christ.

So, God the Father is the just judge of all things, Christ is the ransom for our sins to take away the wrath of God, and the Holy Spirit is the helper and the One who calls us to the Lord’s side.

Anyone willing to say one is less important than the other? Anyone want to say that God the Father is a repressive Being against the Son and the Spirit?

Do husbands and wives have different roles? Yes. Does either make one more important than the other? No.

Christ sums up why he was here on this earth in John 17:4

I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.
John 17:4

This should also be the wife’s plea for her husband. To glorify her husband and do the work which was given her to do. This is not oppresive or unfair, this is the biblical mandate for how we, through marriage, glorify God. Through a godly marriage we show a picture of the Trinity.


Women’s roles are difficult and especially hard in today’s society. But, if you follow what the roles have called you to be there is an amazing charge to you that you are fulfilling:

Titus 2:5 says that you are making sure that the word of God is not dishonored.

Think of this! You are bringing honor to the word of God by following what you are called to be.

The question for women is this: Do you want to honor man or God in the work you have been given?

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,
Colossians 3:23

It is better to take refuge in the LORD
Than to trust in man.
Psalm 118:8

You ladies, just like the man, have a very high calling. The question is who are you going to glorify and take refuge in? Man or God?


Erin said...

thank you for this, Seth.
I agree with what you wrote-- as a strong willed, opinionated woman, I 'fought' submission for years, and I missed out on so many blessings. This is something that many Christian women struggle with, not wanting to give 'control' to their spouses, fearing losing their identity, and their voice. I find now that I have truly submitted to the Lord's authority and plan for me as a wife, I have more freedom than I did before, and contrary to what the world thinks with a wife being 'submissive' I am far from being a doormat.

my two cents... :)

Seth McBee said...

Good points, especially when talking about not being a doormat. The doormat treatment from husbands should be handled harshly from other godly men who should not stand for such nonsense.

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