For the next few weeks we are going to be examining what it means to be a biblical woman of God. Biblical womanhood isn’t a list of do’s and don’ts. It isn’t subsisting on the fluff and nonsense that so many of us have grown accustomed to. Biblical womanhood isn’t meant to make you “feel good” about how you are doing as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, or friend. In fact, going through this series might show you areas where you need a biblical check up, a diagnosis, and biblical medicine to heal so that you can strive to be the biblical woman God would have you to be.
Society today is doing everything possible to dismiss the next doctrine we will examine. Whether it is the feminist movement or the LGBT movement, the distinctness of male and female is under fire.
We believe that the creation of humanity as male and female was a purposeful and magnificent part of God’s wise plan, and that men and women were designed to reflect the image of God in complementary and distinct ways.
Undermining this core belief does great damage to relationships, to society, and to the cause of Christ.
Genesis 1:26-27, And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 2:18, And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
1 Corinthians 11:8, For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.
The Lord created both male and female to illustrate the headship of Christ and the submission and affirmation of the church to Him. Biblical headship in a marriage is the divine (directly comes from God) calling of a husband (man) to be responsible for the family in Christ-like servant leadership, protection, and provision. The husband (man) is to demonstrate to the world how Christ loves us (the church). Biblical submission is a divine calling of the wife (woman) to honor and affirm the leadership of her husband and to demonstrate this submission through her unique gifts. The wife (woman) is to be an example of how the church is to respond to Christ and His lordship. A single woman can also demonstrate this submission through her submissiveness to those in authority over her and her service to the glory of Christ.
Marriage is a unique illustration completely part of God’s plan from the beginning to show specific attributes of Christ dying on the cross to redeem His bride, the church. When we fail to live a life in accordance to God’s plan – headship (man) and submission (woman) – we fail to lift up and glorify Christ, our Savior, and His work on the cross.
Ladies, if we can grasp the great calling that God has given us through our distinct creation as women we can be the instruments of God He intended us to be. The complementary differences of men and women reflect aspects of Christ’s glory that would not be known in other ways. Our purpose through true biblical womanhood is to lift up and glorify Christ as our Redeemer in ways that would not be displayed without women.
Our womanhood is so much more than being a daughter, sister, wife, mother, or grandmother. We must embrace the significance of our creation. We must begin to live out the theology that we have learned. Our true womanhood is to glorify Christ.
The framework of this series was taken from the True Woman Manifesto provided through Revive Our Hearts Ministry.