It is important to see that woman’s role of submission was part of God’s good & perfect plan from the beginning. However, it is also important to note that her submissive role in no way makes her in any way inferior. Man & woman are spiritually equal (Galatians 3:28). However, God, in His divine omniscience, ordained a sort of hierarchy, which consists of those in authority & those in submission. In His creative order, man holds the position of authority, while the woman is in the position of submission. God Himself reflects this hierarchy, as God the Father holds absolute authority over God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Even though God the Son is co-equal with God the Father (Phillippians 2:6), He is in a position of submission to God the Father. To further illustrate the point, God the Holy Spirit is absolutely co-equal with God the Father AND God the Son, but He holds a position that is in submission to them Both… I find so much encouragement in that!
It is also encouraging to think that this hierarchy actally exists to allow women to compliment their male counter-parts in a way that brings honor & glory to God! As we graciously and humbly submit to the men, who God has placed in authority over us, we are actually reflecting God’s character. As we allow the men in our lives to exercise their God-given right (duty, really) to lead, we are complimenting their leadership role as we graciously & willfully submit… we are living-out the dynamics of the God-Head!
(… to be continued 🙂 )