Biblical Equality

Dec. 10, 2016 | By Taffi Dollar

Summary

Biblical equality means that Believers stand on equal ground before Christ.  In the book of Genesis, God created Eve as an ezer to rescue Adam. The contemporary relationship between men and women should be along the same lines, specifically, to complement and benefit each other. Biblical equality does not entitle a Believer to any particular ministry based on gender. Instead, in the body of Christ, we all have an opportunity to operate in the authority and the gifting God places on our lives. In some areas of the world, strict caste systems are in place to separate and limit people, but the Word of God bypasses that and ministers to everyone in all kinds of circumstances. The Holy Spirit intends for everyone to operate in their gifts, regardless of hierarchy.

A. God makes Himself available to all people, with no regard to who they are.
  1. There is now no distinction, neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free. There is not male or female, for you are all one in Christ. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring and spiritual heirs to the promise (Galatians 3:28, 29, AMPC).
    1. We are all equal before Christ, and God calls people regardless of gender.
    2. The Bible affirms that God designed men and women to complement and benefit one another. We see this when He created Eve as a suitable partner to help Adam (Genesis 2:18).
    3. The Holy Spirit is offered to everyone, regardless of race, age, gender, or social status. This is just as it was during the first Pentecost (Acts 2:1-47).
    4. God wants us all to participate equally. If we go by tradition or make incorrect assumptions, we make the Word of God of no effect (Mark 7:13).
    5. The enemy wants to keep us apart through division in the church, in our homes, at work, and in our communities. We must be the full expression of what God wants us to be, and embrace our respective callings. His gifts are without repentance (Romans 11:29).
  2. Christ purchased our freedom, redeeming us from the curse of the Law and its condemnation by Himself becoming a curse for us. It is written in the Scriptures, cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree (Galatians 3:13, AMPC).
    1. We are no longer cursed because of what Eve did. We no longer have to pre-judge others. In order to change our thinking, we must renew our minds (Romans 12:2).
    2. Through Jesus, the Holy Spirit descends on everyone, just as He did when He came to everyone in the upper room (Acts 2:1-18).
    3. God shows no partiality. With Him, one person is no different than another (Romans 2:11, AMPC). We stand before Him on equal ground.
    4. In the realm of the spirit, we are already seated in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 2:6).
B. The type of equality the Bible teaches is different than that by which the world operates.
  1. Show no prejudice or partiality to people. Do not attempt to practice the faith of Jesus together with snobbery. If you show favoritism for people, you commit sin, and are rebuked and convicted by the Law as violators and offenders (James 2:1-9, AMPC).
    1. Biblical equality is not about feminism. It is about Christ releasing men and women from oppression and slavery into freedom in Him, uniting everyone in mutual partnership. It strengthens and reinforces the true meaning of Christian faith.
    2. God is after our hearts. He is not concerned with external trappings. The story of Rahab the harlot illustrates this (Joshua 6:22-25; Hebrews 11:31).
  2. We must understand the distinctions between what biblical equality is, and what it is not.
    1. It is not a western idea, but a biblical concept.
    2. It is not radical, secular feminism, but rather the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    3. It is not women against men, but a partnership with everyone working together, submitting themselves to each other in the reverential fear of God.
    4. It is not about same-sex ideology. It is not against church doctrine, and it does not discredit the Christian faith.
C. We must not misunderstand the message of the Gospel. God uses men and
  1. It shall come to pass in these last days, says God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams (Acts 2:17).
    1. God will come to everyone, and He does not pre-judge.
  2. In the early church, there was a great deal of chaos and disorder. The things of God brought order.
    1. When Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus that deacons should be the husband of one wife (1 Timothy 3:12), polygamy was rampant. The misinterpretation that stemmed from this instruction led people to think that women could not be in the ministry without men.
    2. Another misunderstanding was that women should not be allowed to speak in church (1 Corinthians 14:34). Paul was actually instructing them to be quiet and listen so they could learn the things they needed to know.
    3. God regularly used women. Some examples included Phebe, Lois, and Priscilla.
  3. I appeal to you and beg you to make a decisive dedication of your bodies, presenting all your members and faculties as a living sacrifice, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable, intelligent service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the entire renewal of your mind, by its new ideals and its new attitude (Romans 12:1, 2, AMPC).
    1. We are transformed when we get our identity from God, not from the world. This changes our way of thinking.
    2. “Transformation” comes from a Greek word meaning a change of form or condition, or the alteration of one thing to another. We get the word “metamorphosis” from this word. God wants this type of transformation in our lives.
D. God’s plan is for us to reach our full potential as equals, regardless of gender.
  1. If any person is ingrafted in Christ the Messiah, he is a new creature altogether. The old, previous moral and spiritual condition has passed away. Behold, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17, AMPC).
    1. Our old attitudes that caused us to think beneath our potential, devalue each other, disqualify ourselves, and prejudge, will change to a new way of thinking.
    2. Under the old covenant, men held the authority, but we are now under grace. In Christ, there are no differences (Galatians 3:28).
    3. In the old covenant, priests interceded between God and people. We now no longer need to go through a mortal man to get to God. All we need is Jesus, Who brought us into harmony with Him through the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19, AMPC).
  2. We were buried with Him by baptism into death so that just as Christ was raised from the dead, we also might live and behave in newness of life (Romans 6:4, AMPC).
    1. This newness, without schisms separating people, is what God wants for us.
  3. Put on the new nature, the regenerate self, created in God’s image in true righteousness and holiness. We are all parts of one body, and members of one another (Ephesians 4:24, 25, AMPC).
    1. We do this when we lean in by faith, to walk in our full potential.
  4. Do not lie to one another. You have stripped off the old unregenerate self with its evil practices, and clothed yourself with the new spiritual self which is ever in the process of being renewed and remolded into knowledge after the likeness of Him Who created it (Colossians 3:9, 10, AMPC).
    1. We must get rid of old notions that disqualify and deny some people from the things of God. It is evil to discriminate, devalue, and mistreat others.

Scripture References

 

Galatians 3:13, 28, 29, AMPC

Genesis 2:18

Acts 2:1-47

Mark 7:13

Romans 11:29

Romans 12: 2

Romans 2:11, AMPC

Ephesians 2:6

James 2:1-9, AMPC

Joshua 6:22-25

 

 

Hebrews 11:31

1 Timothy 3:12

1 Corinthians  14:34

Romans 12:1, 2, AMPC

2 Corinthians 5:17-19,  AMPC

Galatians 3:28

Romans 6:4, AMPC

Ephesians 4:24, 25, AMPC

Colossians 3:9, 10, AMPC