Are women, females who are created in God’s own image, equal to men? I don’t mean are they the same as men, but is their status on par with men in God’s way of doing things? This is a favorite question of mine into what the Bible means when it comes to women today. For those of us who are women it benefits you and me to know as certainly as possible what we believe.
I say “Yes” Since we are in the image of God. There is no greater or lesser “image of God.” As it says in Genesis: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27) Neither is given an attribute of superiority.
The verse used to silence women (I Co 14:34: “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak”) may be one of the misunderstood passages. I believe the reason is because it is spotlighted, used alone with no other Scripture to compare it to. God tells us “comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1Co 2:13) It is written specifically to wives. Although there may have been loud and obnoxious, disrespectful wives, thinking their newfound status gave them the right to demean their husbands in public . . . the Bible does not say. But this verse does not negate all the rest of Scripture, giving gifts to every woman, as to every man who is a Christian.
Then, are the gifts of the Spirit given to women as God decides? I say, “Yes.”
Are women gifted to speak, teach and prophecy? There is nowhere in Scripture where God gives specific gifts to men and then qualifies that gift for men only.
Here is an example of the gifts of the Spirit in their practical use: “How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you (man, woman) hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.” (ICo14:26)
Even Philip the evangelist, which was one of the original leaders “had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy”. To prophesy means to speak under divine inspiration.
I do not have a desire to be anything in the Church but a daughter of the living God, created in the image of God and obeying the command of Jesus before he left the earth, “Go ye into al the world and preach the gospel to every creature…” (Mark 16:15).
What is your gift? How will God through the Holy Spirit use you? “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man (man and woman) to profit withal.” (1Co 12:7)
What is your gift? How will God through the Holy Spirit use you? “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man (man and woman) to profit withal.” Your gift will bring profit to the Church, to you . . . when you are determined to use it to glorify God. (1Co 12:7)