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God’s Creation Principles:
1. God’s Universal Order for Male and Female is Joint Management of the Earth, (Gen. 1:26-28)
2. God’s Specific Order for Male and Female is the Marriage Covenant, (Gen. 2:21-25)
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GOD’S UNIVERSAL ORDER FOR BOTH MALE AND FEMALE IS JOINT MANAGEMENT OF THE EARTH
Do wives have to feel guilty because they, through mounting economic pressure in today’s world, have to leave their children in day care to work in the corporate world as well? Do they have to feel inadequate because holding down the career of homemaker and the career of business woman at the same time, overburden them and they cannot, through circumstance, make a choice between the two? Should a wife bury her God-given gifts and talents to stand barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, instead of glorifying God with all the gifts and talents He had entrusted to her, just because she is female? Is it true that a woman, although personally called by God, cannot minister “in church” or “have any authority over men?” Well, do not listen to the clergy, who take Bible verses out of context to oppress women, and who even added to Scripture to make Paul speak out of two mouths, condemning women to silence and submission to all men on all levels of life, and making them equal with men before God at the same time. Was Paul confused? No, and in the full context of Scripture, God Himself did not say what these misogynists say to wreak havoc in male/female and marriage relationships, (Acts 2:17-19; 1 Cor. 14:34; Gal. 3:28.)
Listen to what God himself originally said at creation. When the Pharisees came to snare Jesus in their divorce laws, He answered, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you… But in the beginning it was not so…” (Mt. 19:8.)
At creation, God intended that male/female humanity should live in a flawless relationship with Him, with one another, and with His whole creation.
So, in Gen. 1:26-28, He described how He made the male/female, human species to achieve this original plan. “Then God said, Let Us, [Father, Son and Holy Spirit], make mankind in Our image and let them, [both male and female], have dominion [over all the earth…] So, God created humanity in His own image: in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, [male and female], and said to them, [male and female]: Be fruitful… [not just in your marriage covenant, family and home, but in all I have entrusted to you.] Replenish the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over [everything] that moves on the earth... I have [entrusted to your care] every herb... tree [and] seed... beast... bird... and everything that creeps on the earth. Then God saw everything that He had made [and the way He had structured His entire creation under the care of male-female humanity,] and it was very good.”
This is God’s universal order for both male and female, which rests on joint management of the whole earth. This was God’s universal plan for humanity when He created one male, and divided him into two separate human beings, (male and female,) to fuse them together again through His holy marriage covenant, for the sake of their family and home, not for the sake of the corporate and religious worlds.
The fall in Eden marred and corrupted both God’s Universal and Specific (marriage covenant) plans for humanity, but it certainly could not, and will not annul what God had planned and commanded in Eden. God would not have entrusted His Holy Spirit gifts, talents, and calling to both male and female humanity, (Acts 2:17-21,) if He also commanded that females must bury their gifts, talents, and calling, for which they will have to give an account in That Day when Jesus comes for them, either at death or at His return on the clouds.
Both God’s Universal Plan and specific Marriage Covenant are His incorruptible blueprints for humankind.
Both male and female are called to obey these original callings and commandments of God to fulfil their places in society and in marriage.
There should not be any competition between male and female in their joint management of the earth. Each gender should simply fulfil his and her place in the corporate world, according to their own giftedness, as God had entrusted to them. And each gender should simply fulfil His plan as husbands and wives in the marriage covenant, as they themselves had promised to do. This is His master plan, which He treasures for both male and female: to resemble His outward form; to possess His virtues and Godly character; to communicate with Him in spirit and in truth; to worship and revere Him above all else; to love, help, support, and respect one another while fulfilling their marriage covenant and caring for their home and family - all the while executing their joint responsibility for planet earth under His authority, (Mal. 2:14-15; Eph. 4:13; Jn. 4:23-24.)
God’s universal order and marriage order are vastly different and yet, they compliment each other in ways, which only God could have foreseen. Working together to obey God's original creation-principles, both male and female must submit to each other in everything good, true, and Godly, to fulfil His will in the corporate world, as well as in their marriages, families, and homes.
This is not a disfigurement of the husband’s role in the marriage covenant. God’s Universal Plan for male and female humanity pertains to the management of everything that falls outside the sphere of our marriages, homes or personal lives, where the different sexes are of no consequence - except maybe, in careers where much physical strength is required: Gen. 2:15; 3:17-19.
YES, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY OF THE GODLY HUSBAND OVER HIS WIFE?
It is exactly as it is written above: the Godly authority of the husband, [not all men] over his [own wife.]
“Wives, submit yourself to your own [good and Godly] husbands [and not to all men in general…]” (Eph. 5:22-23.) Eph. 5:28, “In this same way, husbands must love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his [own] wife loves himself.”
The marriage relationship has nothing to do with other men and women. It is a holy covenant between a husband and his own wife. Nowhere in the context of the New Testament Covenant does either Jesus or any of the Bible writers refer to male spiritual authority over women just because they are female, outside the husband-wife covenant. Nowhere in the New Covenant does Jesus command that all men must be in authority over all women just because they are female.
Peter indisputably said at Pentecost with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, when He once and for all time, came to indwell all His blood-cleansed disciples, (both male and female,) as His spiritual temple. “This is what was prophesied by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass in the last days [at the dawning of the New Testament,] that I shall pour out of My Spirit on all [personally believing] flesh, (Jn. 3:16,) and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men [and women] shall see visions…. And on My menservants and on my maidservants [ministers] I will pour out My Spirit in those days and they shall [preach and] prophesy…”
All class, race, and gender was done away with among the believers of Christ on a spiritual level. Paul wrote in Gal. 3:28, “For in Christ Jesus you are all [spiritual children] of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
GOD’S SPECIFIC ORDER FOR MARRIAGE PARTNERS: MARRIAGE COVENANT COMPANIONSHIP
In the marriage covenant, the husband must be the main protector and provider. However, he should never forget that God specially made him a courageous, intelligent, gifted and forceful helper: his “own wife.” Together, as perfect partners, joined together by God Himself, they must do life on all levels to honor Him.
That is why, besides the earth, which male and female was supposed to manage together, God also gave them their personal territory, (their marriage, home, family, and everything that pertains to it), to tend, guard and keep, (Gen. 2:15.) God rebuked the corrupt Old Testament, Levitical priesthood as follows, “You cover the altar of the Lord with tears... Because He does not regard the offering anymore... Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously, yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant. But did He not make them one because He wanted Godly offspring on the earth?” (Mal. 2:13-15.)
God planned that, being unified by the marriage covenant, husband and wife should manage their marriage, home, and family together and in mutual submission to one another in everything good and Godly, (Eph. 5:21.)
That is why God structured the home for the needs of a husband and his wife and their family, without the demonic and selfish interference of anyone else. As a result, humankind’s home necessitated a specific cast of play, (Gen. 18:19; Eph. 5:21; 6:4.)
God began this structuring by assigning to the husband and wife each their specific place or position in the home. Then He defined their different job descriptions within the marriage.
God lavished so much attention on the home, because this is the place where the husband and his wife are supposed to bring their family into the world, and where they must teach their children to love, honor and obey Him, (Deut. 4:9.)
Gen. 2:7, “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath [or Spirit] of life; and man became a living soul.” God breathed His own breath into man. Not into the animals, as His Breath is His Spirit. For man to live spiritually, God, Who is Spirit, imparted His Holy Spirit to him, (Jn. 4:24.) Then, in Gen. 2:18, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a helper for him.” The Spirit Filled Bible explains, “A suitable helper, comparable or equivalent to him, complementary to him, completing him.” (Mal. 2:14-16.) Eve partook of God’s Spirit when He formed her, as a companion comparable to Adam, taken from Adam’s own body. This was not natural breathing; all the animals already lived without God’s Personal Breath. This was His supernatural Breath. Humanity became “living souls,” (physical material like all the animals), but God also gave him His Spirit. Humankind was made into God’s “image,” because they share His Breath, His Spirit; His spiritual ‘DNA,’ (Mal. 2:15.)
However, this God-created position of companion and helper pertains only to the women’s “own” husband, not to any other man or men in general. In general, women are supposed to reign over the earth and on all levels of life as men’s equals: Gen. 1:27-28. But in the home, the husband and his wife each have their own, specific positions, which never pertain to other men or women, either on a spiritual, emotional, or physical level. Other men and women have nothing to do with this kind of Godly submission in the marriage covenant.
The husband is the one and only husband, or love-head of the wife, (his one wife,) and father to their children in their home. He has to lovingly lead and protect his “own wife” and children spiritually, emotionally, and physically, and provide for them.
The wife is the one and only wife; the love-heart of their home. She has to respect her “own” husband in everything good and Godly and be his companion; assisting him in everything possible, especially in the task to care for, protect and teach their children, and to serve God wholeheartedly.
Together, they must “submit to one another” in all that is good and Godly, (1 Pet. 3:7b; Eph. 5:21-23; Deut. 11:17-18.)
We can be certain that God did not make the woman a lesser being than the man.
The words ‘superior,’ ‘inferior’ and ‘domination’ did not originate from God and therefore, did not exist in Eden.
Such sinful thought-processes stem from the fallen state of humanity.
God made the male and female physically different from each other because the male was created for his “own wife,” and the female was created for her “own” husband, (Gen. 2:21-22.) No one else is allowed by God to share in this privilege.