And Biblical ideas on Manhood and Womanhood are aspects of marriage. Marriage is one of God’s primary focuses. He wants us to have “oneness” in marriage.
The idea is that husbands and wives have different roles, and they are to use their roles for the oneness in marriage.
We have above some helpful verses showing us that men and women are different in roles.
In fact, 1 Peter 3:1 refers to the wives “in the same way” - which is a reference to 2:13-25. The idea is that wives are to be subject to husbands as described in 2:13-25. So, in 2:13-17 there is a reference to believers being subject to authorities in the nations. And in 2:18-20, servants are to be subject to masters. Then in 2:21-25, there is a reference to Jesus suffering Himself to us and not taking threats. So in 3:1, the women are called to be “in the same way,” being submissive to husbands. The “same way” has them submissive as fellow believers are submissive, and as Christ was being submissive.
The Biblical idea is that men and women are “equal” to each other - which means equal before God. But the continued Biblical idea is that men and women have different callings. Whereas men and women are equal before God, God designed them to have different roles. That is what we will see here.
One idea for a wife is her difference in roles. Whereas she can, in fact, work on a job; nonetheless, the biblical idea has two pursuits for her:
The human ideas are different than the biblical teachings. The Bible is calling us to bow before God as both men and women. As we bow before God we are to respond to God’s instructions. And so we are to see that God has described different roles of men and women.
So the idea is for us to pursue God’s design and callings versus submission to culture or submission to our own thoughts and feelings.
Your thoughts on this article:
You might agree with this, but you might disagree. I am OK with whatever opinion you have - your opinion is between you and God, not between you and me. In other words, I am not supposed to be in control!! SO - See what you think. And read the biblical verses that are listed above and see if the Bible is teaching the messages in this article.
Genesis 1:27-28 - (NAS)
27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 God blessed them; and God said to them, " Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
Genesis 2:18 - (NAS) - God saying a man should not be alone, but to have a woman with him.
And the woman is to be a “helper suitable for him.”
2:18 The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him."
Galatians 3:28 - (NAS) - “All are one in Christ” - 3 different forms of people:
(1) Jews and Greeks; (2) slaves and free men; plus (3) males and females.
3.28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Differences between men and women:
1 Corinthians 11:3 and 8-9 are descriptions of differences between men and women. As men and women are different in roles, so Christ was different before God the Father.
11:3 (ESV) - But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.
11:8-9 (ESV) - For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. 9 Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.
Ephesians 5:22-24 - (NAS) - Wives and husbands having role-descriptions
22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
In Ephesians 5:25, husbands as leaders are to love their wives as Christ has loved the church.
5.25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,
Next, 3 additional passages of wives submitting to husbands and husbands loving their wives:
Ephesians 5:33 - (NAS)
. . . each individual among you (a husband) also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.
Colossians 3:18-19 - (NAS)
18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.
1 Peter 3:1-7 - (NAS) - 3:1-6 speaks to wives, and verse 3:7 and husband’s love of his wife
1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. 3 Your adornment must not be merely external — braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.
7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
In 1 Peter 3:1, wives are to be “the same way” as the ones in verses 2:13-17.
1 Peter 2:13-17 (NAS) - Believers are to be subject to authorities in nations.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
Next, in 2:18-20 (NAS) - Servants are to be subject to masters.
18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. 19 For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
Then, in 2:21-25 (NAS) - Jesus suffered Himself to humans and did not take threats.
21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,
22 WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; (Isaiah 53:9)
23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
Finally, in 3:1 (NAS) - Women are to go “the same way” as in 2:13-15, and her submission to her husband is even if he is disobedient. He love and submission might lead him toward God.
3:1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,
In 1 Timothy 2:1-8 (NAS) there are descriptions of men.
And then in 2:9-15 (NAS) there are descriptions of women,
and that they are not to be in control of men.
1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 8 Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.
9 Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, 10 but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. 11 A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. 12 But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. 13 For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 14 And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.
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