Saturday, July 26, 2008

Submissive Woman? What about Galatians3:28?



Q:
I have been reading some commentary on your blog :). Again, excellent. Although, I do still have a problem with the submissive women. Though I do agree with divine order in the household. There are some other points I disagree with, based on the scripture below. How do you interpret this scripture.


Galatians 3

26For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.
27For as many [of you] as were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah] have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ.
28There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham's Seed], then you are Abraham's offspring and [spiritual] heirs according to promise.

A: So glad that you have been reading some commentary and articles in the blog. :) Thank you. ‘Submissive women’ in the scripture is based on the relationship within the family setting first. Then in the church based on the one whom God has ordained in the church as a spiritual overseer. The Galatians 3:28 is a wonderful explanation of every one's [i.e. believers] relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ there is no difference [i.e. based on gender or in social status there is no difference or in other words God has no favorites with in these categories].

Whether man or woman, slave or free, all can relate to God equally and are equal in God's sight. In those days women were not considered equal in Jewish religion with the men worshipers. Hence Paul made it clear by explaining it to them that they were equal in God's sight and that they can relate to God equally because all who have faith are the sons of God [i.e. mature personality who can intimately relate with God in a deeper way and not like a child]. This Vertical relationship with God which Paul is speaking about should not be mixed with the Horizontal relationship with in a family or in the bigger family of God [i.e. the Church].

I have told these things based on the contest of the scripture which Paul is emphasizing to the Galatians Believers, who have started to be legalistic by falling from grace by rejecting faith formula for law of Moses, which is not God's New Testament way of living, and also this is not a exhortation or correction for dispute that has happened either in the family or in the church because of gender issues or social difference. I believe I have made some sense with my view point. I don't expect you to agree with all that I write. Any way for me scriptures are the absolute plumb line for all my revelatory writings. If a scripture has no support within the scriptures then the doctrine will be feeble.





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