Is God anti-woman? Does He consider women inferior to men? Why did God make a woman subject to her husband? Are there important positions in God government open to women?
Are women only a necessary evil foisted off on a masculine world? Were they created solely to serve man and perpetuate humanity? Is a woman subject to her husband as the result of a curse? Is there any room in the New World to come for qualified, dedicated, and converted women?
These and many related questions have frustrated scores of women in God’s Church. Even many men have wondered what is in store for their wives and daughters. Much of the problem stems from misconceptions about the plan of God.
Why did God create women? Because man was incomplete without her is the answer! God knew that the natural man would be incomplete without the other half of His plan. God knew what He was doing. The creation of woman wasn’t some fluke; it was part of a perfectly executed plan. “And God saw every thing that He had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1: 31).
But, there is more to it. A great spiritual lesson should be learned from this flawless creation. All through the Scriptures we find the analogy that the woman is typical of the Church. The husband is the type of Jesus Christ. In the 5th chapter of Ephesians, where the apostle Paul writes concerning the marriage union, he said, “I speak concerning Christ and the church” (v. 32). The entire relationship of a man toward his wife is a type of the love, engagement and marriage of Christ to His Church.
Have you ever wondered why God placed the husband over his wife? Is it because she’s inferior or more naturally rebellious?
Would authority be necessary in a perfect home? If both husband and wife were perfectly compatible and completely harmonious with one another, would authority in the home be mandatory? Or is it the raw carnality of the woman that demands the establishment of man’s authority? Absolutely NOT!
Witness Christ and God the Father. No two beings in the entire universe are more at one, cooperative or harmonious. Yet they are not equal in authority, God the Father is clearly in charge. Absence of authority is pure anarchy. Someone has to be in charge – in the Kingdom and in the home.
We can see clearly that being subject to her husband is not a burdensome curse cast on all women. It doesn’t mean that men are smarter or superior to women. In fact, extensive tests have revealed that there is little difference between the IQ’s of the average man and woman. It’s not a matter of “superiority” or “inferiority.” Rather it’s a matter of God specially designing each for a distinctive job.
God designed and programmed the male mind to do a certain job, to fulfill specific duties so that he could capably guide and lead the family kingdom.
How many women feel because God ordained the man to head up the home, that they have nothing positive to do? This is not true!
A woman’s responsibilities are just as much an integral part of God’s plan as the responsibilities given to a man. Because a wife is in subjection to her husband does not mean she is really void of opportunities which develop character necessary to be born into the Kingdom of God. It is God’s will for all to be saved, men and women.
This life is a training ground for the coming Kingdom of God. What we do here and now determines the reward we will receive when Jesus Christ returns. We are told in Rev. 3:21, “To him (those) that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.”
One half of the physical beings in the New World to come will be women! Who would be any more qualified to re-educate them than spirit beings who had been physical women before being born into the Family of God?
Someone will have to teach these women, child rearing, proper food selection, how to dress, how to be truly feminine! If you women are mastering these fields in this life, you will be qualified to teach others.
Is it possible that husbands and wives might work as teams in God Kingdom? After all, if you spend a lifetime learning to work with and complement one another, why couldn’t that carry over? Of course this may be an unpleasant thought for some of you; then again, if some of you husbands and wives don’t learn to work out your differences, you might not be in God’s Kingdom.
What’s wrong with a dynamic God-team, aren’t God the Father and Jesus Christ a perfect example?
The Bible is not specific about this aspect of our reward. But to those who are happily married, learning to work together and love each other, the possibility is certainly joyous.
All of us, men and women should be on a crash program to qualify for our ultimate reward. God is not a respecter of persons (Rom. 2: 11). God is just as desirous to see any woman in His Kingdom as He is any man. Don’t ever feel that God is “down on females.” Remember that he is the loving Father who created you, and will give you the highest position in His Kingdom that He can.
Mothers and grandmothers, teen-age girls; all women were created to fulfill a unique calling that no man could ever adequately fulfill. Your strength lies in a specific area, the areas of homemaker, wife and mother. You are the unquestioned, undisputed champion in these fields. Your husband, or any man, would be woefully inadequate. Remember the time you were ill and “dad” had to take over. After a few hours of cooking and changing dirty diapers he was more than happy to turn the housework back to you. Just as you’re not cut out to overhaul the car, shingle the roof, the husband isn’t suited to washing the clothes, buying the groceries, sewing the children’s clothes. And both of you ought to be happy that God intended it that way.
One of the clearest sections of the Bible on the direct responsibilities of a woman is in Paul’s letter to Titus. In this section he gives clear admonition that women are to be taught the true laws of success for their happiness. Beginning in Titus 2: 4 we read, “That they (older women) may teach the young women to be sober (wise).” Why should a woman learn wisdom? Not only for immediate happiness, but because it is an attribute of Godly character.
Going on, we see that young women should be taught “to love their husbands, to love their children.” Do you know how to love your husband and children? These qualities of love multiple millions have never learned. Is it any wonder we in the United States lead the world in divorce and unhappy family life? You as a converted woman in God’s Church need to learn to love and help your husband. God created you to be your husband’s greatest source of help outside of God. There is no such thing as a “battle of the sexes” in a God oriented home. You are there to back him up, encourage and up-lift him through thick and thin.
How many women can’t be bothered with cleaning up, putting on a fresh outfit and fixing their hair before their mate arrives home? Keep up your appearance. Realize, for example that a woman’s hair is the most important single part of her appearance. Remember to dress to please your husband – not other women, or even yourself.
And what about loving the children? Did you ever stop to think that you spend a greater share of time with your children? It falls your lot to accomplish much of the training and education of your children – children who may live over into God’s physical Kingdom. Of course the man will also do much of the child rearing, but don’t undersell your part, it’s every bit as important. How important it is to be directly training and working with these potential Gods.
Continuing in Titus 2, we find the woman is to be “chaste.” That is, she is to be virtuous and morally pure. She is to be “a keeper at home.” Here again is something positive to do. Learn to be neat and orderly housewife. If you learn to maintain the house, then you’ll be able to administer the responsibilities God will give you in the millennium. Remember this life is a training ground and “he that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).
In the Bible there is no mention of a secondary promise which would apply only to women. Certainly there is nothing to indicate women will have to take a lesser position when we are all born again. The promise is given to all who overcome!
In a section dealing with husband and wife relationships, Peter wrote in I Peter 3:7, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” This clearly shows we are all working and striving toward the same goal!
What sex we were born with has no bearing on whether or not we will enter the Kingdom. Each of us has been given responsibilities to perform, whether male or female. As we overcome we will receive a reward.
The Bible is specific concerning our sex in the Kingdom of God. “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven” (Matt. 22:30). At that time there will be no difference of sex in the spirit world.
Paul tells us in I Corth. 15:51-52, “Behold I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we (both male and female) all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” We will no longer be mortal but immortal. We will all be composed of spirit.
Now read I John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God (whether we are male or female), and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we known that, when he (Christ) shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” At that time, all of us, if we have qualified will be exactly like Christ!
In Rev. 1: 13-16 we read how Christ is – He has hair white like wool, eyes like flames of fire, His face shines as the sun in its full strength. This is what it will be like for women to be in God’s Kingdom. All of us will be spirit beings – no longer “men” and “women” – but all born sons of God, all of us will be like Christ!
If some of you women are worrying what you will be doing in God’s Kingdom, stop worrying about it and concentrate on qualifying for a reward high in glory. Remember, we are saved, that is, made immortal, we get into God’s Kingdom by Grace, but once there, our reward will be according to our works done in this life, works of overcoming, growing in Christ’s knowledge and in righteous character.
Rejoice in your calling. Shoulder your responsibilities. Remember that all are called to be Kings and Priests ruling with Christ in the New World to come.