Corinthians – Belief and Behavior
So, it was National Women’s Day yesterday. I scoff at the idea. Special days designed by worldly people to celebrate the obvious defy all logic to me in this world. What is the obvious?God created each person from Adam and Eve to all human kind. He knows every individual before we are born. He knows us before we were the twinkle in our parents eyes. He greatly loves each man and woman He creates…equally. The world is bent on creating special days for those who feel they need attention. When will we realize that day has already been created for all of us?
There is seriously only ONE day to prove our “specialness”…the day Jesus died to redeem all of us from all our sin. We are equal in redemption. He died for all, once and for all. ALL is the operative word. Sin has no rank. Humans have no rank and file to God. One person is not more important than another in God’s Kingdom. Real Life began at the Cross. So, Who’s first? Jesus! HE is the first and final authority.
Paul explains this well in the next passage of his letter to the church gone wild that is filled with egotistic competitions for human honor and glory. Paul reminds the church that Christ is the Head, the One and Only, who redeemed us. Only Christ has the place of honor and glory as the Head of His church. We, as humans and believers are to honor God and God alone by submitting to the One and Only who redeemed us. Man and woman were created to worship, honor, and obey the One who loved us first. Man and woman, each created for specific purpose, are loved deeply by God who created us and gives His best to us.
Celebrate Life! Thank God for His gift of salvation and freedom to love in the way He loves us!
1 Corinthians 11, The Message
1-2 It pleases me that you continue to remember and honor me by keeping up the traditions of the faith I taught you. All actual authority stems from Christ.
3-9 In a marriage relationship, there is authority from Christ to husband, and from husband to wife. The authority of Christ is the authority of God. Any man who speaks with God or about God in a way that shows a lack of respect for the authority of Christ, dishonors Christ. In the same way, a wife who speaks with God in a way that shows a lack of respect for the authority of her husband, dishonors her husband. Worse, she dishonors herself—an ugly sight, like a woman with her head shaved. This is basically the origin of these customs we have of women wearing head coverings in worship, while men take their hats off. By these symbolic acts, men and women, who far too often butt heads with each other, submit their “heads” to the Head: God.
10-12 Don’t, by the way, read too much into the differences here between men and women. Neither man nor woman can go it alone or claim priority. Man was created first, as a beautiful shining reflection of God—that is true. But the head on a woman’s body clearly outshines in beauty the head of her “head,” her husband. The first woman came from man, true—but ever since then, every man comes from a woman! And since virtually everything comes from God anyway, let’s quit going through these “who’s first” routines.
13-16 Don’t you agree there is something naturally powerful in the symbolism—a woman, her beautiful hair reminiscent of angels, praying in adoration; a man, his head bared in reverence, praying in submission? I hope you’re not going to be argumentative about this. All God’s churches see it this way; I don’t want you standing out as an exception.
What do we learn?
–We were all equally created, men and women, for specific purpose by God. We all look and act differently but are loved equally by God. Wow! That’s why we work to please God because we know that even though the world does not treat us equally, He does!!!
–Jesus’ authority comes from God. They are one. Our authority to speak about Him comes from Jesus who was first to speak of God. “The authority of Christ is the authority of God.”
–Authority to speak, (given to all who believe) is not lording over someone else, it is only speaking with honor and respect, what God the Father has done for us and has given us to say or do in the Name of Jesus. Only Jesus is the Head of the humans who make up His church gathered in His Name.
–Matthew 18-20 explains authority passed on…”Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
–Having authority to speak in the Name of Jesus about Jesus does not make us above anyone else. We all are commanded to go! Tell! Teach and train others to go and tell! AND Jesus, the One and Only will be with us as we do what He commanded.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We repent of competing with each other. How dumb of us. You are the One and Only God and we are not. You are our Redeemer and You are our Friend. You are magnificent and merciful. You are great. You are perfect. You extend grace to one and all. We are equal in your eyes. Thank you for your unconditional to love to all. Thank you for saving all who believe and accept your gift of freedom. Transform me. Transform your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, Amen