Greetings to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit and saints in Christ. I will continue to share the on the truth that Paul meant that women should be orderly and quiet during services and should not create disorder by speaking. However, I just remembered that I should have shared that Jesus was always lifting women up from bent over positions. He restored them to the place that the Jews had taken away from them. After the events surrounding His death and resurrection, the Apostles forever may have had great difficulty looking at the women fully in the eye. It is no wonder that we hear nothing about some of them in the early church, at least by name. John and Peter were the only ones who at least stayed (although Peter denied Him). I will journey through the scriptures now to discuss the issue of women’s  ministry involvement in the early church.
THE KEY PRINCIPLES

When I speak of women’s involvement in the early church, I would like us to keep in mind that the early church consisted of male and female believers, as Luke emphasized in Acts 5: 14, when he said that, “… believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.” Jesus Himself ministered to women, sometimes involving them in long discussions in order to hear their mind, correct misconceptions and also to teach truths to them and to His church. God did not exclude them from ministry involvement based on gender and allowed them to participate fully as we shall see. If we want to stretch the point a little, He did not even exclude Mrs Sapphira from His judgement when she lied to Peter (Acts 5: 1-11).

THE LAW OF FIRSTS WAS APPLIED IN RELATION TO WOMEN IN THE EARLY CHURCH

Women in the early church had a voice. They were not kept silent or excluded from the ministry. This was in keeping with the Lord’s example. Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father and the group to whom he spoke consisted of 120 men and women:

“And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty”… (Acts 1: 13-15).

While they waited for the Promise of the Father, Peter stood up and proposed that the church replace Judas by casting lots. The women were included in the nomination, prayer and casting of lots, which concluded with Matthias taking Judas’ place (Acts 1: 15-26).

WOMEN WERE AMONG THOSE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

I will have to belabor the point for the benefit of the unbelievers and show that women also received the infilling of the Holy Spirit in fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. Peter confirmed this when he stood up to preach to the crowd that had gathered to see and hear the uproar (Joel 2: 28-29 ; Acts 2: 14-18).  Blessings until next time!

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