God’s Call of Women ( New Testament)

Foundational

Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, while he was off with the men writing the Constitution, “Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.” What if he’d listened to her, and women had been made citizens at that time?

Background

The Church is referred to as the bride of Christ.

Within that proclamation it follows that God created an outsize role for women in his embryonic church.

Ministry Work

God

As God prepared Adam for ministerial duties :-

Genesis 2:24-25
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18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

It is upon being sent out that we find our need for mates and partnerships.

We see our limitation and insufficiency, our nakedness so to speak, yet we are not ashamed.

Jesus

Matthew 19:4-8
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“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’

and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?

So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning”

It appears that Jesus is arguing that God’s original intent is for unity, but that the hardness in our heart gets in the way.

 

Women In the New Testament ( NT )

Anna

  1. Luke
    • Luke 2:36 – 38
      • 36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

Dorcas/Tabitha

  1. Acts
    • Good Works & Alms ( Acts 9:36 – 39)
      • Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and alms  deeds which she did.
      • Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

Phebe/Phoebe

  1. Romans
    • Introduction of Phoebe ( Romans 16:1-2 )
      • I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae, so that you may welcome her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well.

Tryphena and Tryphosa

  • Romans
    • Salutation ( Romans 16:12 )
      • Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.

Julia

  • Romans
    • Final Instructions ( Romans 16:15-17 )
      • Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.
      • Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
      • I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep an eye on those who cause dissensions and offenses, in opposition to the teaching that you have learned; avoid them.

Junia

  1. Romans
    •  Andronicus and Junia, Apostles ( Romans )
      • Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

 

Chloe

  1. 1 Corinthians
    • Division within the Church ( 1 Corinthians 1:11 )
      • For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.

Euodia & Syntyche

  1. Philippians
    • Exaltation ( Philippians 4:1-2 )
      • Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
      • I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.  Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Referenced Work

  1. Wikipedia
    • Paul the Apostle and women
      Link

 

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