– Understanding Gender Specific Verses.
Though we have found the inadequacy of any doctrine that attributes merit to gender in the physical realm we have to be ready to visit any and all verses that, at least seemingly, make a spiritual distinction of physical gender. I guess we really do need to define this spiritual distinction of physical gender business before moving on. We will look at the example of Peter, a man that is married to Rose a woman (For our example neither Peter nor Rose is intersexed) The question here is if this male characteristic of Peter actually carries into the spiritual realm. Does God look at Peter and see him differently that his wife Rose because of their physical gender? Do different verses apply to each because of their physical gender? These are very important questions because they form the basis of justification of “Christian Sexism”. Does Peter have “God given” authority over Rose? The answer to these questions is a resounding “NO”, because God is not a respecter of persons. Spiritually there is only one distinction; Are you, or are you not elected to salvation? Either Christ paid for your sins or He did not.
Since this great salvation of God is totally orchestrated by God alone, from inception to the glorious completion, it is purely a spiritual occurrence with no physical realm prerequisites for the recipients of this Grace of God.
Your physical station in life ( the physical realm) does not in any way make you a likelier candidate for salvation. Gender, ethnicity, political, social, economic positions, and religious affiliation have no influence on your spiritual reality neither do any other conditions or aspects in the physical. God saves sinners, and all human beings have fallen short and proved themselves to be sinners. Though we are quite absorbed in the differences between us, we are spiritually all in the same evil category. The only hope for any human is that God will intervene in their life and change their spiritual situation to the blessed and hopeful category by the miracle of salvation. Only God gets the glory for salvation and He will not give His glory to another. Spiritually only God is exalted, only He can be lifted up, those that exalt themselves shall be abased.
Humility is not necessarily the condition of lowering oneself; it is rather the condition of realizing and acknowledging one’s true position before God, and subsequently before fellow humans. For a person to be humble before God he or she must truly appreciate the infinite majesty of God and the comparative lowliness of humans. This appreciation of the immense superiority of God is only possible in a human being’s life by divine revelation and personal knowledge of God in a believer’s life because of being regenerated by God as a consequence of the salvation work of Christ Jesus. It follows that with this newfound appreciation of the exceeding grandeur of God, recognition of the inversely infinite significance of any distinction between people. Upon salvation we recognize our helplessness and that of our fellow humans, in fact when we really get it right, we embrace our helplessness and our need for a savior. Since the spiritual realm is above and beyond the physical, once you realize the infinity of God’s majesty it becomes very difficult and meaningless to perceive or attribute any value to the physical rank or status of fellow humans including your own.
To be continued…God willing