||Purpose of Man and Purpose of Woman
aymon de albatrus
"For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, for as much as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man." (1Co 11:7-9)
"And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." (Gen 2:18)
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Gen 1:27)
"But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." (1Co 11:3)
God is the highest rational being in the whole of existence and all He does is perfectly rational, coherent and has intelligent reason for existing. In the whole of creation there is nothing, absolutely nothing, done haphazardly and for no purpose, ALL has reason of being, as created.
And so in the creation of humankind, He made a CLEAR distinction in it for He created them male and female. These two distinct creatures have distinct features; NOT interchangeable but each with its own clear function, and yet the two are of the same essence and heirs together of the grace of life (1Pe 3:7). This is how God has created them, for His unchangeable purpose.
The total purpose of humankind is to bring Glory to God and to glorify His thrice Holy name, for ever and ever. The lot of humans is to "whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1Co 10:31), this means that ALL we do must have the goal to bring glory to God, anything else is sin and God will not accept it; indeed it brings danger of Hell, and to bring Glory to Him ALL has to be done according to His way, not according to our feelings (Exo 25:40).
Therefore, ALL we do, besides being intended for the glory of God, must be done according to His will, if not it is sin and condemned; thus if man does the function of woman and vice versa it is but rebellion and sin. The roles are distinct and unchangeable for all times, it is not that if society changes, also the God given roles have to change, because God does NOT change: "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed." (Mal 3:6)
God created mankind "for His pleasure." Revelation 4:11 says, "Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created." Colossians 1:16 reiterates the point: "All things were created by Him and for Him." And according to the function He assigned to each creation.
But in our "modern" days, with the advent of Democracy, humanity has put upside down the distinct functions and separate roles that God has given to man and woman making a hotchpotch of them. Thus our society is now in deep decadence and on the verge of collapsing into terrible punishment.
This state of thing finds its root (besides in the secular heathen tenets of Democracy) in Gen 1:27 being interpreted that both man and female are exactly the same Image of God, but this is not truly so, for if we look at the verse carefully, we see that it says: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;" clearly here it refers to the man (male) alone. Then it goes on with "male and female created he them." this does not necessarily imply the former attribute is directly applicable to the fact that God created "male and female". Indeed we have two lucid statements that support that this is not necessarily the case. The first is that Eve (the woman) was made some time after Adam (the man), was created and "cloned" from him and expressly manufactured for him.
The first part of this verse refers to chapter one of Genesis, and the second part to chapter two where the making of Eve is clearly described. Eve was manufactured well after the creation of the man for before making her, God brought all the animals to the man to name them (Gen 2:19), and anyone who has had to find names for his children knows how lengthy and difficult is to find the right name. Moreover after the making of Eve, God commanded them to procreate (Gen 1:28), but before the original sin Eve had not given birth as yet, nor she was pregnant (Gen 4:1), this implying that her time in the Garden must have been short, before sinning.
Furthermore we have the statement of Paul (that he received directly (Gal 1:12) from Christ Jesus the Creator of all things): "for as much as he [man] is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man" (1Co 11:7) VERY clearly here Paul states that the man indeed is the Image and Glory of God, but the woman is the glory of man and NO one can deny the difference between the two, unmistakably written and explained here.
The proper way to interpret the Bible is that if one verse can be interpreted in two ways, but another is specific on the same point, then the specific one takes precedence. And this is the case here.
Indeed, if the woman was exactly the same as the man, in attributes equal to the man in every way, why should she be submitted and subject to the man, being exactly the same? But Scripture all over has the subjection of woman to the man, in fact it even says that her head (her boss) is the man: "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." (1Co 11:3)
Furthermore, did you know that for the whole of Scripture God employed only men to write it and that all the Books were addressed to special men who were to explain to other men, who would then teach their women (1Co 14:35) (REFERENCE ARTICLE). Moreover, Jesus Himself chose only men as His disciples and directly taught only men; surely this is a proof point.
In our decadent pagan democratic days we have women teaching men, being appointed as: pastors, elders, bishops and even chief bishop; is this situation Biblically correct? Obviously NOT! God has made the man the head and not the tail (Deu 28:13), but in this decayed society man finds himself the tail. Women now are over men as the prophet laments (Isa 3:12). What will God do with this rebellion?
For what purpose was woman made?
Woman was made specifically for the need of the man, without the man there would not be a need for woman
Gen 2:18; 1Co 11:7
The woman was not strictly created but extracted from Adam; in effect she was somewhat "cloned/derived".
Gen 2:22; 1Co 11:9
She is, consequently, flesh and bone of the man for she was taken out of man
She received her name from the man Adam, that named the woman as Eve, this signifies having authority over her.
The woman is to be silent in presence of men, cannot teach or preach or have authority
1Co 14:34; 1Ti 2:12
Woman is to be subject to man in everything
She is to fear (phobeo) her husband
Eph 5:33; 1Pe 3:2
Her role of occupation is the home (NOT a career in the world) and thus the woman is, in the house and family, the representative of the power and authority of the man
1Ti 5:14; Tit 2:5
And to bear children
And to wash the saintsí feet, relieved the afflicted, shelter strangers and have followed every good work.
Woman was brought about as the Glory of man, for him and his need
These are the reasons for which woman was made and this is how the women Glorifies God, not by following the satanic tenets of our modern democratic decadent society.
For what purpose was man created?
Man was created as the Image and Glory of God to represent Godís attributes on the earth.
Man is the primacy of Creation, made a little lower than Angels
Heb 2:7 Psa 8:5
To be the Head, the Priest and the Prophet of his family to represent the heavenly family on earth
God made the man the ruler over all things on the earth
The man is the ruler of his family
Gen 3:16 Tit 2:5 1Ti 3:4
The man is the head of the woman
The man is to provide for his family and defend it
the man is, among all the creatures, the representative of the glory and perfections of God
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Let us then analyse this much unquoted passage: "For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, for as much as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man." (1Co 11:7-9)
The reason why it is not proper for man to have his head covered when approaching God, when he is in public worship, praying, prophesying, or singing of psalms, etc. is as the Apostle immediately states with the "the image of God" refers to the fact that man was made in the likeness of his Maker, (Gen 1:27). It is not because man is holy or pure, and thus resembles his Creator; but it evidently is because he was invested by his Maker with authority and dominion: he was superior to all other creatures, Gen 1:28. This is still retained; and this the apostle evidently refers to in the passage before us, and this he says should be recognised and regarded. If he wore a cover over the head, it would be a mark of servitude or inferiority. It was therefore improper that he should appear in this manner; but he should be so clad as not to obscure or hide the great truth that he was the direct representative of God on the earth, and has superiority to all other creatures (Psa 8:4-6).
The man ought to uphold the power, pre-eminence, and authority with which God hath invested him over all the earthly things (including woman), and not to cover his head, further than it is naturally covered with short hair.
By Glory of God it is meant:
- Opinion, sentiment, etc.
- Fame, reputation. Here it means, as it often does, splendour, brightness, or that which stands forth to represent God, or by which the glory of God is known. Man was created first; he had dominion given Him; by Him, therefore, the Divine authority and wisdom first shone forth; and this fact should be recognised in the due subordination of rank, and even in the apparel and attire which shall be worn. The impression of his rank and superiority should be everywhere retained. It chiefly lays in the power and dominion he has over all the creatures, and even over the woman from the moment she was made.
Forasmuch as he is the image and glory, of God; because he hath a peculiar cause of glorying in God, as He to whom alone he is subject, and therefore ought by no habits or postures to show himself in subjection to others. God glorifies in the man, as a most excellent piece of His workmanship, meaning God is represented in man.
- Because the man is immediately subject to God, and therefore ought not by any habits, or civil rites, to show his natural subjection to men, that are not by nature his superiors.
- Because God glorifies in man.
Man was first originally and immediately the image and glory of God, the woman only secondarily and mediately through man. The man is more perfectly and conspicuously the image and glory of God, on account of his more extensive dominion and authority.
The woman is instead the glory of the man, made for the honour of the man, and for his help and assistance, his ornament, etc. She was made for him; she was made after he was; she was taken from him, so as man may glory of her, as Adam did of Eve and was "bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh." All her comeliness, loveliness, and purity, are therefore an expression of his honour and dignity, since all that comeliness and loveliness were made of him and for him. This, therefore, ought to be acknowledged by a suitable manner of attire; and in his presence this sense of her inferiority of rank and subordination should be acknowledged by the customary use of the veil. She should appear with the symbol of modesty and subjection, which are implied by the head being covered. This sense is distinctly expressed in the following verse. "Woman is the glory of man", He does not say, also, "the image of the man" for the sexes differ.
However, the woman is made in the image of God, through the man (Gen 1:26,27), but as the moon in relation to the sun (1Co 15:41), so woman shines not so much with light direct from God, but with light derived from man, that is, in her order in conception. Not that she does not in grace come individually into direct communion with God; but even here much of her knowledge is mediately given her through man, on whom she is naturally dependent.
Therefore she is be covered before God; and especially, since being first in the transgression, she who is manís glory has been the means of his shame and disgrace, and wears a head covering like to one that has committed a sin, and he is ashamed of the children of men, therefore she goes "with her head covered".
The womanís subjection to man is clearly stated in Scripture, firstly because the man was created first as the primacy of God and secondly because the man was not deceived, but the woman being deceived by the "serpent" fell into deception and committed the first sin: "For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." (1Ti 2:13-14)
On headship we have another clear undeniable Biblical statement: "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." (1Co 11:3)
The word head, in Scriptures, is designed often to denote master, ruler, chief. In the Old Testament the word HEAD is thus used as in verses: Num 17:3; 25:15 Deu 28:13,44 Jdg 10:18; 11:8,11 1Sa 15:17 2Sa 22:44. In the New Testament the word is used in the sense of lord, ruler, chief, as in Eph 1:22; 4:15 Eph 5:23 Col 2:10. Here it means that Christ is the Ruler, Director, or Lord of the Christian man. This truth was to be regarded in all their feelings and arrangements, and was never to be forgotten. Every Christian should recollect the relation in which he stands to Him, as one that is fitted to produce the strictest decorum, and a steady sense of subordination.
Every man (and every Christian) All must acknowledge Christ as their Ruler and Master, that they are subject to Him; and in all proper ways recognize their subordination to Him.
The verse goes on in saying that the head of the woman is the man. The sense is, she is subordinate to him; and in all circumstances-in her demeanour, her dress, her conversation, in public and in the family circle she should recognize her subordination to him (Eph 5:23,24). The particular thing here referred to is, that if the woman is "inspired" she should by no means lay aside the usual and proper symbols of her subordination. The danger is that those who were under the influence of inspiration would regard themselves as freed from the necessity of recognizing that, and would lay aside the veil, the usual and appropriate symbol of their occupying a rank inferior to the man. This was often done in the temples of the heathen deities by the priestesses, and it would appear also that it had been done by Christian females in the churches.
The head of the woman is the man, the man is first in order in being was first formed, and the woman out of him, who was made for him and not he for the woman. Therefore he must be head and chief; as he is also with respect to his superior gifts and excellencies, as strength of body, and endowments of mind, whence the woman is called the weaker vessel (1Pe 3:7); likewise with regard to pre-eminence or government, the man is the head; and as Christ is the head of the church, and the church is subject to him, so the husband is the head of the wife, and she is to be subject to him in everything natural, civil, and religious. Moreover, the man is the head of the woman to provide and care for her, to nourish and cherish her, and to protect and defend her against all insults and injuries.
But todayís women like the Corinthian women, on the ground of the purported abolition of distinction of sexes in Christ, claim equality (or even superiority) with the male sex, and, overstepping the bounds of propriety, come forward to pray and prophesy without the customary head-covering of females and behave as if they were men. The Gospel, doubtless, did raise women from the degradation in which they had been sunk, and granted them equal access to the Grace of salvation (Gal 3:28), but their subjection to man in point of order, modesty, and seemliness, and government is to be maintained in all times. Paul in 1Co 14:34 reproves their inappropriateness as to behaviour and modesty in public grounding his reproof here on the subjection of woman to man in the order of creation, and that is valid even for today and ever.
Alas, this very rebellion is clearly seen nowadays fully arrogantly displayed in all the churches and of consequence in the deep decadence in our western democratic society.
Come Lord, come quickly.
The whole purpose of manís existence is to glorify God in all he does as the most excellent piece of His workmanship, as the set ruler on the earth over all things.
The whole purpose of womanís existence is to glorify God as the set helper to man to carry out his functions, as God commands, for the man is called the head of the woman, because by Godís ordinance he is to rule over her, Gen 3:16, he has excellence above the woman, and power over her 1Co 11:3.
Man is the image and glory of God directly and originally; the woman is the image and glory of God in a derived way, through the man, in that this is the glory of man.
Both man and woman exist only to bring glory to God, the man in his God given role and the woman in her role, not to usurp the role of man.