GENDER AS A SPIRITUAL TYPE IN CHRIST
BY: BRENDA IMUS
Women, Keep Silence?
THIS IS NOT ABOUT GRANTING ‘POWER’ TO WOMEN IN THE CHURCH
Basic Truth of Male/Female
Correctly Discerning the Lord’s Body
Scriptural Example for Clarity
And This Is the Way the True Church Operates
And Demonstrates the Kingdom of God to the World!
For a number of years I’ve wondered just where I might fit in to the body of Christ. It was evident that the Lord had given me a gift of prophetic interpretation of the Word. As a woman, the Scriptures seem to teach that I need always to be under a ‘covering’ of ‘spiritual authority’ (I Cor. 11:5). Yet most of the recognized authority in the church has been an example of what the Lord has led me to speak out against over the years. Scriptures also clearly instruct that a woman should not be permitted to teach in the church at large – or, it is assumed, she is guilty of ‘usurping authority’ (I Tim. 2:12).
While I have had little problem submitting to my husband, in love, there have been times when I knew that the Lord was in the process of giving me insight into things that were not yet being revealed to him. In those instances, how could I ‘keep silence’ in the church, and if I had any questions, ‘ask my husband at home,’ as the Scriptures seem to teach so plainly (1 Corinthians 14:34)? And how could I share these marvelous revelations of the Lord with him, without ‘usurping’ his male authority? Was I to hide my light under a bushel, for the sake of these rules regarding women in the church?
What of the woman married to an unbeliever? Or a divorce,‘ or widow? Would Christ hang such poor females ‘out to dry?’ I’ve heard it taught that such a woman should submit to the spiritual ‘covering’ of her father, or son, or a pastor. Yet this extra biblical teaching results in a peculiar sort of spiritual calisthenics, the poor woman being forced to run here and there trying to ‘get under’ some seemingly appropriate ‘covering.’ What often happens – and this, I’m sure, by the Lord’s design – is that ‘covering’ sooner or later comes into disobedience to the Word… and the woman is left feeling betrayed, vulnerable – ‘uncovered.’ That is, unless she continues submitting to authority that is in rebellion to the Lord. God forbid!
Rom. 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
The way these Scriptures regarding women are understood and administered in the church left me – and many other female believers – in an untenable position. If I spoke out of obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, then I was in seeming contradiction to the teaching of Scripture. But if I ‘kept silence in the church,’ and reserved the things that the Lord revealed to me to myself, and perhaps a few select friends, then a great grief would overtake me, and I knew that I was indeed guilty of ‘quenching the Spirit’ (I Thess. 5:19) and ‘despising prophecy’ (I Thess. 5:20).
Since the Lord is not a God of ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ but is always consistent with Himself, I began to realize that there has to be more to all of this ‘male’ and ‘female’ business than what can be understood by the natural senses. He simply would not so clearly and profoundly lead me into ministry – teaching others, praying/prophesying when my husband wasn’t present, reproving both male and female believers – that was contrary to His Word. There had to be more…
Indeed there is! In fact, the Lord has been showing me that understanding this male/female teaching in truth, or by the Spirit, is a prerequisite to coming more fully into maturity in Christ Jesus. So long as we are shackled by our natural understanding, we will be of limited use in the Kingdom of God – and guilty of limiting the usefulness of others, as well. We must begin to look at these things by the Spirit, and allow Him to teach us the deeper mysteries hidden within the written word. Once we allow the Lord to give us ‘eyes to see,’ we will see there is no inconsistency in Him. His answer to us in Christ Jesus is always ‘Yeah, and amen’ (I Cor. 1:20), whether we be male or female. Hallelujah!
WOMAN, KEEP SILENCE?
The Lord first began to open my eyes to the hidden nature of these teachings by showing me that one key Scripture regarding the role of women in the church does not at all say what it seems to say. In fact, it says the opposite of what we commonly believe it to mean. In I Corinthians 7-16, Paul is writing to answer some specific questions that the brethren have sent to him in a letter (I Cor. 7:1). The section we’re going to consider is his answer to the believers regarding the appropriateness of women speaking in the church. We must understand that seemed like a valid question because women at that time were considered highly inferior to men. In fact, it was hotly debated in some circles whether women even possessed souls! They were almost universally uneducated, and often kept as little more than child bearers and ‘slave labor.’
However, Christ had begun to work His law into the hearts of believers, and there was a growing awareness that women ought, at the least, to be treated with love and received into fellowship. As this happened, more and more women began to be emboldened by their faith, and by the Holy Spirit, and dared to actually speak out during gatherings. This seemed highly inappropriate to those who were used to the cultural status quo. So the brethren wrote to Paul, to see what he would advise. True to his acerbic character, Paul uses more than a little sarcasm in his response: I Cor. 14:34-38 34] Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. 35] And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. 36] What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 37] If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. 38] But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
Verse 34 says clearly that women should keep silence in the churches, and should be under obedience as ‘also saith the law.’ But wait a minute… We can right here know that something is up–the law of Moses (which Paul is surely referring to) does not anywhere state that women ought to be in obedience. I defy anyone to find such a ‘law’ in the Old Testament record (though there were no doubt an abundance of such rules under the stringent Jewish traditions regarding the law – which traditions were renounced by Jesus). Even if such a law did exist, surely Paul, who writes so eloquently about not allowing ourselves to come under the tyranny of the law, would not here be referring to it as an authoritative source to which believers ought to submit!
The next verse is similarly revealing: do we really believe Paul would tell women that they can’t so much as ask an honest question of fellow believers when gathered together? That if they want to ‘learn anything’ they must go home and ask their husbands? What of the woman who has no husband, or who is married to an unbeliever? Must she simply go home, still hungering for understanding, with nowhere to turn? Why would women be included in a gathering at all, if not for the purpose of participating fully as part of the body of Jesus Christ? Just previous to this section Paul had instructed them all to participate in their meetings: 1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
Also, why would it be a ‘shame’ for a woman to speak in the church? Especially since at least one Corinthian church was ‘of the house of Chloe,’ or met in a woman’s home (I Cor. 1:11). This in fact was the way most early churches (believers gathered out of the world) came together. . .in private homes. Again this begs the question: why would it be ‘shameful’ for a woman to speak in an intimate group of fellow believers? Clearly, it would not be. Another proof that Paul is writing with heavy sarcasm. Not heavy enough, it seems, to get through to some of our most eminent theologians!
If we still have any doubts about Paul’s sarcastic tone and intent, verse 36 will lay the issue completely to rest for anyone willing to see the truth: 36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
Here we’re usually taught that Paul is addressing women, and telling them, in essence, to shut up! But that’s not the case at all. Notice that in the verses we’re reading he refers to women in the third person no fewer than five times, “your women,” “them,” and “they.” Think carefully about the conclusion this must lead us to, if we are carefully dividing the truth: Paul is very obviously addressing men in this passage. So in this most telling verse he is saying, outright to the men: “What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?” See the sarcasm yet? Read the verses with this note of sarcasm in mind, and the meaning will become crystal clear. He is rebuking the men for asking such a foolish question!
The strongly implied answer to this question is, “Of course not–the Word of God comes to whomever He wills, male or female! He abides with you all, and will use whomever He wants!” Paul seems rather astounded that they would even think to ask such a question regarding women speaking in the church, given the context of the grace of God toward all who believe, both male and female. In fact, Priscilla was an important ministerial help to Paul during his time in Corinth. He even lived with her and her husband Aquila for an extended period of time–long enough for the Corinthians to be able to see by his example how women ought to be regarded as valuable, contributing members of the church. I dare say it would hardly occur to Paul that his message could be so grossly misunderstood and misapplied as it is today, by those who continue in foolish unawareness of the all encompassing nature of God’s grace.
Paul does realize, however, that cultural traditions and the natural inclination of man (who consists of both sexes. . .) to ‘lord it over’ others may well cause his male inquirers to discount his message of the liberty of grace toward women as well as men. And so in verses 37-38 he underscores the authority that he has in writing these things, and further states that if anyone disagrees with them, that person is ignorant of spiritual matters. To ‘be’ ignorant is a state of being… it’s what a person is. To ‘be’ spiritually ignorant is a nearly hopeless state of carnality that no amount of reasoning nor persuasion can change, which fact Paul acknowledges in verse 38.
Herein lies the rub. We are still ignorant of spiritual matters, and this is nowhere more evidenced than by the simple fact that we persist in viewing the Scriptures as a ‘rule book,’ rather than as a written record meant to reveal the many facets of Christ. The Bible is merely a means for the Lord to give us a physical picture of the reality and nature of Jesus Christ, who is Spirit. This picture can only be properly discerned by the Spirit to those who abide in the Spirit. We have got to stop looking at things through our natural, fleshly understanding, or we’ll never come up unto full maturity in Christ Jesus.
Nowhere is this ignorance of spiritual matters more in evidence than it is in the area of our concept of ‘male’ and ‘female,’ or ‘man/woman.’ The simple truth is that only a true man in Christ is able to comprehend these things. And such a ‘man’ may be either male or female. I guarantee this teaching will stretch your spiritual boundaries–but will prove to be well worth the effort, if the reader is willing to make a serious sacrifice of their flesh.
Like everything else in Scripture, the roles assigned to men and women are intended to help give us a more complete picture, or understanding into the mystery of Christ Jesus. They are little more than parables, and are not, once we come into maturity of understanding, intended to be ways for us to ‘outwardly conform’ to some physical rules laid down for Christian believers.
Galatians 3:24-28 24] Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25] But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26] For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27] For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Eph. 5:31] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32] This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
What is a mystery? Something that needs to be figured out, using clues. It’s not something that’s obvious, such as “Me Tarzan, you Jane!”
Prov. 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. (ASV)
So then… let’s search this matter out, shall we?
THIS IS NOT ABOUT GRANTING ‘POWER’ TO WOMEN IN THE CHURCH
Whew! I’m wrestling with all my might! Right now I sense many of us are doing some serious ‘wrestling,’ our natural understanding (flesh) against the Lord. We’re sensing that he has a blessing for us, and we’re determined to get it! However, in my own case I’m discovering that the flesh dies very hard… and until I’m willing to let the Lord ‘put my hip out of joint,’ (weaken me in my strongest place), then I’m unable to ‘win’ the match against Him. But God has intended for Jacob to become Israel… to make a natural minded people into a spiritual entity. It is His will that we wrestle against Him – and also His will that He ‘lose’ the match, and grant us the blessing – just ‘at the break of dawn.’ But just because the end is preordained doesn’t mean that the win will come easy! Flesh and blood will never inherit the Kingdom of God – and the strength of our flesh hates to be crucified.
So keep on wrestling, dear brothers and sister, and get that blessing that god has intended for you to have. Insist on it! Do not take any rest on ‘this side of the Jordan‘ until He’s granted you permission to cross over into the Promised Land of blessing.
I am in the process of experiencing increasing revelation right now. Sometimes it seems almost like more than I can contain–‘floods on dry ground.’ Much of it has to do with ‘male/female,’ or at least that revelation is the key that has unlocked much greater understanding into the Word. It’s rather like when you do a puzzle, and you know you have all the pieces for a certain section in the right place, but nothing fits together quite right. Then suddenly you find the ‘key piece’ to that section, and voila! – the rest of the picture easily falls into place, and you are able to see it as a whole clear as day.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT GRANTING ‘POWER’ TO WOMEN IN THE CHURCH
The writing I’m doing now isn’t for the purpose of helping women in the ‘church’ to have the freedom to take their ‘correct role’ within the established religious system – whatever form that system tries to take. Not at all! It is for the purpose of ‘plucking up and tearing down’ the false foundations that have been laid and built upon, so that we may come to a completely different understanding of what it truly means to be ‘male’ and ‘female’ in God’s spiritual economy… and then to build upon that. Much as the Lord was accustomed to saying, “You have heard it said…but I say…” He showed the listeners the difference between trying to live out the written word of the law, and living out of the living Word, which law was/is Christ. We need at this time to have a similar ‘paradigm shift’: from understanding the Scriptures through the natural senses, and trying to live out that understanding in our flesh, to living in the spiritual, and having the natural mind (and life) transformed thereby.
BASIC TRUTH OF MALE/FEMALE
Male/female (in the Spirit) represents Spirit/soul. Those who have been ‘born from above’ as male (or with male spiritual giftings) will carry the ‘seed’ of spiritual revelation. Their soul will be appropriately ‘ruled’ or ‘covered’ by their Spirit – as the Spirit of Christ dwells ‘richly’ with them. Their only ‘head’ is Jesus Christ, Himself – He alone is their leader, guide and teacher (head, or covering), and will truly teach them ‘all things’ by and through His Holy Spirit. (This does not negate the ongoing work of Christ toward us through the Church… but for a ‘male’ spirit, the ‘revelation from above’ is the PRIMARY means of being ruled and taught, and confirmation comes through others.) One born again with female giftings is more dependent upon receiving lateral instruction, which is then confirmed to her by means of ‘the anointing within.’ However – and this is most important – Spiritual males and females are both directly accountable to Christ Jesus.
The one who has been born again ‘female’ in the Spirit will not on their own get far beyond their natural or soulish ability to perceive the things of the Spirit of Christ, no matter how well intended they are, nor how much they truly love the Lord. Speaking plainly, such a one does not have an inborn ‘revelatory’ gifting. The spiritual ‘male DNA’ is simply not IN them. Such a one may, however, has been gifted as a ‘vessel’ for bringing forth and nurturing (spiritual) children, in genuine love. This latter can only happen as the one who is female by spiritual nature comes into appropriate relationship with those who are spiritually male in Christ whose seed we all are. For only the male can impart spiritual life to the spiritual ‘womb’ within the female’s vessel. The spiritual female will not directly receive the things of the Holy Spirit except she be appropriately ‘covered’ by a person who has direct revelatory (male) giftings. (The mystery of I Cor. 11 is easily understood in this context.)
The spiritual female is very vulnerable in the spiritual realm. She perceives things primarily from a soulish/fleshly realm. Unless appropriately ‘covered’ (instructed and looked over) by a strong, masculine spirit in Christ, she will be a temptation to angels or spirits of darkness – for the female spirit possesses the potential to become a ‘vessel’ for bearing spiritual children of darkness, as well as light. It all depends upon whom she chooses to be intimate with. (Note: think of the ‘harlot’ in Revelation, and you’ll see the ultimate deceived female who has borne fleshly, demonic seed in the world.)
When the Scriptures teach the ‘appropriate’ relationship of male/female, therefore, it is for the purpose of giving a spiritual type, or picture, of Christ in us, his body, which is both ‘male’ and ‘female.’ Actually, all male/female roles are a picture of this, the ‘second Adam.’ The foreshadowing begins early on in scripture: Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Once we grasp this concept, it is breathtaking how prevalent this theme is throughout the written Word. It is demonstrated through Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and Rachel, Isaac and Rebekah – virtually every couple in the Bible tells a story of this spiritual principle of male/female in the Lord, and the roles assigned to each. But they are only TYPES in the physical, intended to demonstrate a spiritual principle. These things are not given so that we may take and make ‘laws’ regarding men and women’s roles in the church, and thus bring our brethren once again into bondage because of our unwillingness to see beyond the flesh to the spirit of a thing. God forbid! Indeed, the Lord describes Israel as ‘Abraham’s seed,’ or the ‘seed of the male.’ Yet He (Jesus) came forth in the natural from a female. Just so are WE the ‘seed of Abraham,’ (sons of God) brought forth by the ‘bride of Christ’ (His church). And the two (spiritual sons and daughters) are equally ONE IN CHRIST. Nevertheless, on a physical plane, our gender has nothing to do with the particular gifts or calling that He has given us.
It’s interesting to note that there are three places where Scripture reminds us that there are no distinctions for those who are in Christ Jesus. But there is a subtle difference between them that is extraordinarily significant in relation to this current teaching.
In Galatians, Paul is trying to demonstrate that there is no difference among believers insofar as being heirs to the promises of God are concerned. All who have ‘put on Christ’ are considered as ‘Abraham’s seed’:
Gal. 3:27 27] For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29] And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
This is a picture of all elements of His disparate body being one in Him, and equally qualified to receive the end of their hope. Therefore there is no distinction, or limitation, according to fleshly circumstances.
In Colossians, however, that ‘male and female’ is not mentioned. The context here is that of being ‘renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created the ‘new man.’ This is a spiritual image. Therefore, Paul doesn’t say here that there is no distinction regarding ‘male’ and ‘female.’ Why is this? Simply because there are those with ‘male’ and ‘female’ spiritual natures, or giftings.
Col. 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
There’s another reference to our being baptized into one body, and the lack of distinctions thereof. However, in this portion of Scripture (1 Cor. 12), Paul is giving a lengthy dissertation about spiritual gifts. Once again he’s demonstrating that there are no fleshly distinctions for those who are operating in the Spirit. However, once again he does not say there is no distinction regarding male and female.
I Cor. 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
This is surely not happenstance. This was written precisely so because in the Spiritual realm there are indeed differing ‘male’ and ‘female’ giftings or characterizations of faith. Therefore Paul could say there is neither Jew nor Gentile, bond nor free… but cannot, in this context, teach there is neither male nor female.
Below I’ve replaced the word ‘woman’ and ‘man’ with the spiritual meanings in parenthesis, to show how congruent this teaching is with Scripture – that, in fact, it easily clears up what are otherwise a very difficult passages to understand: Rom. 14:1-3 1] Him that is weak in the faith (soulish, natural minded believer) receive ye (who have the mind of Christ), but not to doubtful disputations. 2] For one (who has the mind of Christ) believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak (soulish, natural minded believer), eateth herbs. 3] Let not him that eateth (the one strong in faith) despise him that eateth not (the more soulish believer); and let not him which eateth not (the soulish believer) judge him that eateth (the one who has true liberty in Christ): for God hath received him (them both in Christ – the male and female parts of His body).
Oh dear, the Lord has been unveiling these things to me night and day for some time now, and there is still a great deal more to come, I know. And there’s more to this than we can imagine. For example: Some spiritual males are still ‘children,’ and immature, and will be ‘at their mother’s knee’ for a long time, learning to comprehend things from a largely natural point of view. This was strongly reflected in the Jews’ family structure, as the husband and wife dwelt in separate tents. The children lived with their mother–but young men, when they came to the age of accountability, moved over into their father’s tent, to be taught/discipled by him. Just so ‘young spiritual males’ need to come out from under their ‘mother’s’ (church’s) authority, and be discipled by mature spiritual males (those with mature revelatory giftings).
CORRECTLY DISCERNING THE LORD’S BODY
We can’t always know if a person is spiritually ‘male’ or ‘female.’ Female (Jezebel) spirits will use soul power to enter into ‘heavenly’ or spiritual things, and may appear very spiritual – and indeed, conceive children of darkness, who also masquerade as ‘children of light’ (2 Cor. 11:12-15). Think about it: such children of darkness (cults) have been borne into the world by both men and women – yet I contend that all such cultic leaders were spiritual ‘females’ by nature, (or at least operated out of their soulish nature). Thus they brought forth seed from their father, the devil. Their female, soulish natures wanted to reach out and eat from the ‘tree of knowledge of good and evil,’ (i.e., wanted to enter into deeper spiritual revelation – though such things are actually beyond the scope of ‘female,’ or soulish, comprehension).
I believe it is also possible for one with naturally male, or revelatory, giftings to be seduced into operating out of ‘soul power,’ thus bringing forth or disseminating bad seed with great virility. Such deceivers may be very powerful in the spiritual realm. It is my sense that these are the ‘men’ referred to in the Book of Jude.
Still, there is always something ‘different’ about the spiritual male in Christ, one who may be walking in presumption or immaturity, but whose heart is right before God. They are more zealous to ‘press into’ spiritual things, and tend to be more ‘rambunctious,’ and spiritually adventuresome. They simply don’t take things at face value, but want to get into things MORE, see how things work ‘under the hood’. They tend to get into trouble as ‘adolescents’–maybe even ‘playing around’ with occultic things in their eagerness and curiosity (and because there is so little that is truly mature and spiritual in ‘the church’ that most are like young men without a father to guide them). They may be ‘lustful’ regarding the ‘harlot’ type believer (misguided female). But our Heavenly Father is faithful to His sons, thank God! In fact, I believe TRUE SONS are in much less danger than females, because they have a more direct ‘line’ to the Father, and He will discipline them Himself, most severely if need be!
Think of the ‘typical’ characteristics of male and female in the natural, and you’ll have a perfect picture of what constitutes ‘maleness/femaleness’ in the spiritual realm – except in that realm, our physical bodies are not the criterion by which we are judged. Rather, we judge by the quality of spiritual ‘virility’ inherent in that believer.
2 Cor. 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
As in the natural realm, both male and female are necessary, valued and loved by our Lord. They simply serve different functions in the completed body. In Christ, one is not esteemed above another, but both work together to bring about the fulfillment of His purposes. The male is the disseminator of Life, the female is the nurturer/bearer of that life into the world.
At some point in the spiritual male’s journey, maturity sets in… and it becomes time to come out from under the rule or authority of ‘mom,’ and ‘be about our Father’s business…’ This can be a tempestuous and confusing time (male adolescence) for both the ‘mom’ and the ‘son.’ (It is even more confusing and difficult when the spiritual male has been born a natural female! But this is the Lord’s choosing, for each of us have been born to a situation that is intended to bring us up to our full potential in Christ.) But the ‘young man’ must nevertheless insist on independence in the spirit, or He will never come up into maturity, unto the headship of Christ. So the one with a nurturing role (with ‘female’ nurturing gifts) needs to be especially careful now not to ‘usurp authority’ over this virile young male. This time in the young ‘boy’s’ life is overseen by those in the (true) church who are ‘spiritual fathers,’ and who have the ‘mind of Christ.’ There is still the work of the body toward its various members… but ‘mom’ becomes less significant to the young man as he begins to sit at the feet of the Master, with his older brethren… (You’ll notice a natural migration of spiritually minded believers one toward another… and a certain knowing when it is appropriate to share in the deeper things of Christ, depending upon whether we’re in the company of those with ‘male’ or ‘female’ type spiritual gifts in Christ.
As you read the Scriptures, and come before the Lord, I trust He will make these things clear to you, whatever your natural spiritual gifting may be. As you begin to get the picture of this, you’ll probably be stunned – as I have been – as you see how this picture pervades every element of the Scriptures. It is completely changing the way I view things, and bringing me into a spiritual comprehension that is very difficult to explain in the natural. It has to be seen – but once it is, there is no longer any doubt or question. It has brought tremendous liberty!
SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLE FOR CLARITY
Let me apply these principles to the following Scriptures so you can see how congruent these principles are:
I Tim. 2:11 11] Let the (soulish, naturally minded believer) learn in silence with all subjection (to those who have the ability to perceive the mind of Christ). 12] But I suffer not a (soulish, naturally minded believer) to teach, nor to usurp authority over (those who have the ability to perceive the mind of Christ), but to be in silence. 13] For Adam (the Spiritual element of man, coming directly from the Father) was first formed, then Eve (the soul of man, coming out of man). 14] And Adam (the one who had the ability to perceive the mind of Christ) was not deceived, but the (soulish, naturally minded element of man) being deceived, was in the transgression. 15] Notwithstanding (the natural-minded believer) shall be saved in childbearing (bearing and bringing up spiritual children for the Kingdom of God), if they (both the male and female in Christ) continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety (live fruitfully and intimately together unto God).
AND THIS IS THE WAY THE TRUE CHURCH OPERATES AND DEMONSTRATES THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO THE WORLD!
Well, got to clean barn and get ready for my Hugh to return home from work. (Yes, I DO believe that natural females should obey the Scriptures to respectfully and lovingly submit to their husbands – as ‘unto the Lord.’ The Lord always comes FIRST, everything else flowing out of that. I also believe the husband should LOVE the wife, as Christ loves the church. When we do so we are giving the world a living picture of how these male/female principles operate in the spiritual realm…) Plus, it makes for a happy marriage!
God bless, and happy thinkin’!
Alive in Him,
Rom. 3:28 28] For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29] But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. I John 2:14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
PS: A word to the spiritual fathers who happen to be male – PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE: DO NOT DISMISS THIS TEACHING OUT OF HAND. I know that if you pray about it earnestly, the Lord will give you strong confirmation regarding the truths of these things. You, above all, are charged with the grave responsibility to discern a person’s spiritual ‘gender’ by the gifts and callings that are upon their lives, and not by outward appearances. Young ‘men’ who happen to be female (those with direct revelatory gifts and callings who carry the spiritual ‘seed’ of Christ) are perhaps left more ‘out in the cold’ than any other segment of the true church. They do not fit in any longer with the young children, cannot be taught any longer by their ‘mother’ (who wants to ‘rule’ them), and aren’t accepted into the ‘tent’ of their fathers (which has become too often a mere gathering of spiritual ‘good ole’ boys’), where they should be disciplined unto manhood, and taught by example. Know a devout Christian prophetic woman who has a very strong rejection syndrome? Who simply doesn’t ‘fit in’ anywhere? Better look again…is she really lacking any spiritual qualification for being a true ‘son of God?’ If not, then you’d better take ‘him’ under your wing, or our Father will bring the discipline unto YOU! It is time that we grew up in our understanding of these things, so that we can begin to rightly discern the blood and body of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to do the work that He has prepared for us to do!
GENDER AS A SPIRITUAL TYPE, Parts 1-2 [Brenda Imus] 1