Greetings to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Holy Angels and saints in Christ. We have learnt that Eve usurped Adam’s authority when she took matters into her own hands by listening to the devil and eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. She did not consult with either her husband or God. Secondly, she gave the fruit to her husband, maybe after using her feminine powers of persuasion. Adam’s authority had been previously established when he told her what God had commanded about the tree. He should have maintained authority by reinforcing what God had commanded. This is actaully the first commandment in scriptures.

HOW DO WE APPLY THIS ISSUE TO THE CHURCH?

Paul taught Timothy about the principles of authority by using a corollary. He did so when he said that women must learn in silence and should not usurp authority over the man BECAUSE Adam was formed first and the woman, not the man, was deceived. Now this is an issue related to a husband and wife and Paul had extrapolated from the lesson, applying it to the church. On what grounds did he do so?

REASONS

* Marriage is symbolic of the church as we learnt from Eph 5
* Adam brought death (1 Cor 15: 22).
* Christ was called the last Adam (1 Cor 15: 45).
* Christ was highly exalted with a name above every other name and made head of the church because He overcame the devil, something that the first Adam did not do (Eph 1: 20 – 23; Col 2: 15).
* Christ delegates His earthly authority in the church through the gifts of the apostle, prophet, pastor, evangelist and teacher to enable the church to grow up in Him. He Himself manifested each of these gifts in His ministry (Eph 4: 11-13)
* The church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Eph 2: 19 – 20).
* Paul stated God’s order for rulership in the church when he said that “God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers…” (1 Cor 12: 28). The church in the wilderness (Acts 7: 38) will give clarity to this statement. Moses was the prophet of the church in the wilderness. Actually, we could safely call him an Apostle since he had seen God face to face and walked in that dimension of revelation. Everything that Israel received about the law came from Moses. This was new truth, previously unheard. Anyone who disobeyed was killed. We could extrapolate further from this teaching to the ministry of Apostle/Prophet/Teacher/Pastor/Evangelist Jesus when He revealed the Father and things pertaining to the kingdom of heaven. He spoke only what the Father said. More on apostles later.
* Just in case you are wondering, the church seems to have stereotyped the operations of the gifts mentioned in Eph 4: 11-12. If the church has truely grwon up into the image of Christ, every believer should ideally be trained up into the gifts manifested in our Lord. We saw earlier that there were dual or more manifestations of the gifts of the Lord in the church. Paul himself manifested all of these gifts in his ministry. Some may have been more dominant at different periods of his ministry, but the goal is that, like Paul and Jesus, we should whip them out when the need arises.
http://pppministries.blogspot.com/2007/06/roles-in-early-church-who-were-elders_06.html
* The Lord brings to light truth by revealing it to the apostles and prophets etc. Paul was a reliable source for spiritual knowledge and went through much pains to tell us so in Gal 1 and 2 Cor 12: 1-9. The only issue which he spoke on by permission and not by commandment was that related to sexual abstinence between husband and wife when fasting (1 Cor 7: 6).

THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER

If we are to proper, we must obey the revelations received by the prophets and apostles. Adam, the prophet to his house, lost out by failing to stand on the revelation and he and Eve died. Moses was established as the prophet to Israel and there was none like him to that nation until Christ (Deut 18: 15). Once God says “thou shalt not”, as He spoke to Adam and Eve, you can bet your bottom dollar that there is reason to His apparent unreasonableness. He knows what we do not know and sees what we cannot see. If Eve had trusted God she would have been alive today!

Paul instructed Timothy to tell the women to dress modestly and there is reason to his apparent ureasonableness. The issue of dress was controversial back then and the women may have had a tendency to argue and become angry. We can deduce that by the language he used in the chapter when speaking about them. What more can I say? Blessings?

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