In perhaps the greatest example of Christianity’s opposition to the world, the religion of Jesus Christ honors women.
Women are presented commonly throughout Scripture and often in positive ways.
- Num. 27— In the case of the daughters of Zelophehad, God specially revealed that women must have property rights.
- At the Resurrection, the angels first told women, and Jesus first revealed Himself to a woman.
- When Paul arrives in Philippi, he attends a woman’s Bible study. The first convert in the church is a woman.
- Of the 6 times Priscilla and Aquila are mentioned in Scripture, the wife is listed first 4 of those times.
- An entire NT epistle is written to “the elect lady.” 2 John
- In Proverbs 8, the Lord Jesus is represented by Wisdom, but in chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9 wisdom is personified as a woman.
- There is a chapter on the perfect woman, Pro. 31, but none on the perfect man.
- Had Abigail not helped David he would have murdered Nabal. 1 Sam. 25
- Beside Abraham as an example of true faith is Rahab. James 2:25
- The Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 includes two women.
Obviously, this is only a sample list of many other positive references to women in the Bible. But compare these positive references to the weaker vessels with the other major religions. The Hindu Scriptures (Bhagavad Gita 10:32) teach that women come from a sinful origin unlike men. The Quran has no positive references to women in any of its 114 Surahs and even includes the ridiculous account (Surah 12:30-31) where all the upper class women in the city cut themselves with knives because they are stunned at Joseph’s beauty.
Christianity speaks better about women than any false religion.
Women are given equal opportunity to be saved through faith in Christ.
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.
This verse famously teaches that anyone may enter the Narrow Gate to Heaven by simply believing in Jesus Christ regardless of his age, sex, nationality, language, or bank balance.
The same wonderful Christian teaching is implied throughout Scripture (John 3:36; Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13; et. al.).
A woman brought the Messiah.
In Revelation 12:2, 5, a woman clothed with the sun brings forth a man child.
Is it a dishonor to men to say that He created them in order to display the riches of His kindness and mercy? Is it a dishonor to angels to say that they were created to serve His majesty and His church? Then why would it be anything other than exalted honor to say that women were made as the sole earthly instrument to bring about the intersection of God and the earth?
According to John Owen, the incarnation “is the best, the most noble, useful, beneficial object that we can be conversant about in our thoughts or cleave unto in our affections.” (The Glory of Christ, works, vol. 1, p. 312) This best, most noble glory of Christ is only made possible because of women! No wonder the world hates femininity! It is through true womanly glory that this ineffable wonder of God came about.
Motherhood is no small glory. The demonic nature of feminism is seen most clearly in its snide treatment of mothers who labor for their children. Is the creation of a new life such a small thing that you need to find another wonder to make life worth living? Are pregnancy and child birth such minor, casual moments in a normal day that we need to add a day at the office to make women dignified? Are the raising and nurturing of our sons and daughters a thing of no value? Were our mothers wasting their time? Is it not blasphemous to think of Mary sending the Son of God to be nursed and cleaned by a paid day care worker?
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
The defeat of Satan resulted from Christ’s taking on flesh and blood. God created women for the unique glory of making salvation possible by giving His Son flesh and blood like the other “children.” Only Christianity brings salvation from a divine incarnation, and thus women are exalted forever.
As brides and wives, women picture of the Bride of Christ.
I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
The Father loves the Son with the highest and holiest overflow of commitment, energy, and affection. Yet, He loves the church in the same way!
…You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
What mind can conceive from all eternity the infinite strength of the Father and His absolute holiness flowing outward toward the ineffable perfections of His Son? Victoria Falls will sooner run dry than He could ever tire of enjoying and expressing His perfect happiness with His only Begotten.
But in this prayer of Jesus, he says, “…even as…” so that we might know the Father now directs this same kind of love toward the church!
If nothing is higher in His affections than the church, and if He compares the church to a godly woman, then the dignity of all godly women has been raised beyond what they usually take knowledge of.
Women, what more could you want than to be God’s unique earthly picture of that which God loves as He loves His Son? Have men been raised any higher because they stand in the analogy for the Son of God? No, because John 17:23 is clear that He somehow gives to the church the love that He has for His Son.
Men are prone to laziness, inaction, adultery, and worldliness. But women are prone to be discontent with representing that group of chosen ones whom the Father gave to the Son. What a sad, silly, and even Satanic discontent. Each star has its own glory (1 Cor. 15:41), so why must women covet the glory given to men? Is it not enough that He has loved you and chosen you and made you fellow heirs with His Son? Is it not enough that He will take away your sin and make you a partaker of His own divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4)?