For the Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ

I ain’t got no….

 When religion begins to stifle the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ…it’s time to clean out the closet of the church, so to speak. For example, when those in the church who are known to be traditionalists cling to gender bias in the church, stating and practicing that only men should be allowed to minister in general or preach the Word of God. They also hold that women are to be silent in the church, when in reality that particular passage was written to a particular church with a particular problem. Modern exegetes have to determine whether a passage is to be considered a commandment for all time, or a commandment written expressly for that church. I do personally hold to the integrity of the written word of God, but I do not take a literalist view of the Scriptures, otherwise, in order to fulfill or keep the Word of God, for example, everyone would have to begin riding only horses, camels and donkeys. Since that was the then current mode of travel, we would have to imitate those standards. Of course, even literalists recognize that you cannot be that “literal” with the Scriptures, especially since I see those same people driving their brand new cars. So then one begins to wonder “why” those one and self-same literalists insist on keeping the ancient standards concerning women. It would seem that they are carefully entertaining their own personal agendas that allow them to maintain control over women in the church.

Yet as I wrote in my five part series, “Exactly! What about women?” it was shown that the Lord Jesus lifted up women and placed them in their proper places, where the Lord God Almighty had originally placed them….i.e. with full equality with men. It should also be noted that there were women disciples traveling with the Lord Jesus, which was an unheard of endeavor for women during that time. Women did not travel with men that were not members of their families, but only traveled with their parents, husbands or brothers and possibly uncles. So we have Mary Magdelene traveling with the Lord Jesus, and other notable women who were married. The Scriptures do not attest that Mary or Martha, sisters of Lazarus ever traveled with the Lord, but it also does not state that they never did, the Scriptures are simply silent on the issue. It is a good idea to remember, and in practice as well, that where the Scriptures are silent, so are we; and where they speak, so do we also. Also, keeping in mind that the Scriptures were written in specific time periods and it reflects the cultural practices of their day, therefore, if we wish to mine out the golden nuggets of truth through our exegetical skills, we need to remember this and to delve into and understand the backdrop of the stories in question. When we realize that Jewish men did not speak openly to women in general, it intensifies the actions of the Lord Jesus as he openly addresses women and clearly places them on the same plane where he was…a liberated human being.

Thus, do we then understand the extreme significance when the Lord Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman as his equal; when he announced to Mary Magdalene that she should tell his other disciples that He had risen from the dead. God has always practiced inclusivity between women and men. He does not authenticate the man and leave out the woman; neither has He ever authenticated the woman and left out the man. Therefore, to see how the Lord God originally set up creation before sin entered the world, we go back to Genesis 1 to see how He envisioned the relationship that was supposed to be in operation between the man and the woman; in Genesis 1:28

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

When we read this verse, it should be noted that “God blessed THEM…and God said unto THEM…

  1. Be fruitful
  2. Multiply
  3. Replenish the earth
  4. Subdue it
  5. and have DOMINION (or Authority)

We do not read that God said only to the “Man” that he should have and do these things, but rather GOD SAID to both the woman and the man….”Be fruitful…Multiply…Replenish…Subdue….have DOMINION.” Both man and woman were given EQUAL shares in this new creation by God. It was only after sin entered the world that we then see in Genesis 3:15-19

15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 16Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

It is only after sin enters the world that we first see “enmity” or hatred between the woman and the devil. The woman after this would long for her husband and what they originally had, i.e. the equality…but now “he shall rule over thee.” Adam who once could command the earth to bring forth food for him, would now only obtain food from the earth by the sweat of his brow. This would continue until both the man and the woman would return to the dust of the earth from where they were taken out of the earth.

It is rather begging the question…”Why would anyone who has been saved by the Lord Jesus Christ and has been redeemed from the nature of sin in their body…why would anyone desire to return to the conditions of the fallen human being when they can now live in freedom and full equality that has since been re-established for any and all who believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and that the Holy Father in heaven has raised Him up from the dead?”

John 8:36

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Clearly, if a person still wants to live under the curse of the old sin nature, then they have not fully understood or realized the complete salvation and restoration that the Lord Jesus has set forth. We need to only take it up and begin to live it as the Lord God has always full intended.

As I started out this article with the title…”Ain’t Got No….”

Ain’t got no…what?

Ain’t got no RELIGION. Religion kills…the Lord Jesus Christ will set you Free!


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