Faith, Humility, & The Glory of God: Foundations of Womanhood

In the last post, Biblical Womanhood, I introduced what will be a several part series on what the Bible has to say about womanhood. I briefly described the influence of feminism as well. And on that note, it is the influence of feminism that makes this topic such a touchy one. There are a lot of books, opinions, and viewpoints on this topic, and I care very little for them all. There is only one source I care to look at when it comes to my femininity, and that is the Bible. While I will quote from other people, their opinions are valuable to me only so far as they base all their arguments on the comprehensive truth of the Word of God.

But, before we dive into what the Bible says about womanhood, we need to come with a right heart posture. Because these topics have the potential to create tension and conflict, we need to make sure we come to this topic with 3 basic foundations:

  • A love for the glory of God: “I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another.” (Isaiah 42:8)
  • A desire for humility: “God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Pet 5:5)
  • A heart of faith: “Whatever is not from faith is sin.” (Rom 14:23)

THE GLORY OF GOD
As Christians, our primary goal is to extend the fame, the renown, and the beauty of God. This purpose should be front and center in all we do, including our approach to this topic. Unlike the world’s self-centered views of gender, we want a God-centered view of gender.

The very first mention of male and female in the Bible revolves around God. Genesis 1:26-27 states,  “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” God created two distinct expressions of humanity, male and female, to reflect Himself. Our femininity isn’t about us, it is about God and reflecting who He is.

We don’t reflect God simply as humans, but specifically as male and female. This is important because God is triune. God is one and God is also Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Unity and diversity in one God. Likewise, men and women are both human. They both have the same organ systems, bodily functions, and are distinctly human as compared to other species on the earth. Yet men and women are very different in how they express their humanity. It is with this unity of species and diversity of expression that we reflect God fully. This is why a Biblical expression of womanhood is important: to bring God glory.

HUMILITY
The Bible tells us that pride will actually cloud our understanding. It deceives us. (Jer 49:16) Or, in other words, it will make you foolish. Too often, the discussion of womanhood is coming from pride: “Anything you can do I can do better.” Women, we do not need to make a defense of our gender as we approach the Word of God. God Himself has already highly valued us and given us more weight and dignity than we do ourselves. Let us approach His Word and His view on our womanhood with humility, giving Him His proper place as God.

All creatures, with two exceptions that we know of, have willingly taken the places appointed to them. The Bible speaks of angels who rebelled and therefore were cast down out of heaven, and of the fall of man. Adam and Eve were not satisfied with the place assigned.  It was, in fact, the woman, Eve, who saw the opportunity to be something other than she was meant to be – the Serpent convinced her that she could easily be “like God”-and she took the initiative.  What sort of world might it have been if Eve had refused the Serpent’s offer and had said to him instead, “Let me not be like God. Let me be what I was made to be-let me be a woman.” – Elisabeth Elliot

God has the right to define our womanhood; this is why we look to the Bible for direction. It is God who created women after all and therefore knows how we flourish. As we look at His design for women, we must not respond in pride, thinking we know better than God. This was Eve’s original sin. Rather, let us respond with humility by allowing God to have the final word on femininity.

FAITH
Along with humility we need to come with faith. Many women don’t want to hear what the Bible has to say about womanhood because the doubt God is for them, that He wants great things for women. Remember, we are talking about a good and gracious God who went to unthinkable lengths to save us! Let us exercise faith that God wants good things for His daughters. Remember, Jesus gave such great honor to women that His own disciples rebuked Him.

With a vibrant faith in a redeeming God, we will see that Biblical womanhood is about the freedom to be what we were designed to be! Though there may be limitations in this process, the limitations themselves are part of being free. And we need a strong faith in the goodness of God to embrace them.

“Every creature of God is given something that could be called an inconvenience, I suppose, depending on one’s perspective. The elephant and the mouse might each complain about his size, the turtle about his shell, the bird about the weight of his wings. The special gift and ability of each creature defines its special limitations. And as the bird easily comes to terms with the necessity of bearing wings when it finds that it is, in fact, the wings that bear up the bird–up, away from the world, into the sky, into freedom–so the woman who accepts the limitations of womanhood finds in those very limitations her gifts, her special calling–wings, in fact, which bear her up into perfect freedom, into the will of God.” – Elisabeth Elliot.

As we continue to study Biblical womanhood, may God give us the grace to care about His glory, to humble ourselves before Him, and to exercise faith in His goodness for us.

*For more posts in this Biblical womanhood series, click here for the intro and list of topics.*

8 Comments

  1. Where do you get it from that “God is triune”? Or which God you are talking about? It seems in this article you start of talking about the God of the Bible, Who is Only One God.

    1. sara.faucz@gmail.com

      The Only God, is triune. God Father, God Son and God Holly Spirit.
      As you can anilize through the Bible. For example, at these verses:

      “And because you are sons, GOD has sent out the Spirit of his SON into our hearts, saying, Abba, Father.”
      Galatians 4:6

      “But was marked out as SON of God in power by the Holy SPIRIT through the coming to life again of the dead; JESUS Christ our Lord,”
      Romans 1:4

      “The Spirit is witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (HOLLY SPIRIT)
      Romans 8:16

      “For GOD is my witness, whose servant I am in spirit in the good news of his SON, that you are at all times in my memory and in my prayers,”
      Romans 1:9

      (Sorry if my English is bad, I’m brazilian actually.)

      1. The quotes you are bringing clearly indicate:
        Gal 4:6 And to show that ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father!
        Paul indicating that we are sons of the Spirit like Jesus is the son of the Spirit and we should call onto Godlike Jesus did call unto his Father and learned us to pray “Our Father” (Matthew)

        Rom 1:1-7 Noyes NT Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, set apart to preach the gospel of God, (2) which he had promised before by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures, (3) the gospel concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David as to the flesh, (4) and shown with power to be the Son of God as to his spirit of holiness, by the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord; (5) through whom we received grace and the office of an apostle in behalf of his name, in order to produce obedience to the faith among all nations; (6) among whom are ye also, the called of Jesus Christ; (7) to all the beloved of God at Rome, called, holy: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
        Again the apostle Paul does speak about the son of God and not of god the son, a whole difference.

        Rom 8:14-24 Noyes NT For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are sons of God. (15) For ye did not receive the spirit of bondage so as to be again in fear; but ye received the spirit of adopted children, whereby we cry, Abba, Father! (16) The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God; (17) and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and fellowheirs with Christ; if indeed we are suffering with him, that we may also be glorified with him. (18) For I esteem the sufferings of the present time as of no account, when compared with the glory which is about to be revealed to us. (19) For the earnest expectation of the creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. (20) For the creation was brought into subjection to vanity not of its own will, but by reason of him who put it into subjection, (21) in hope that even the creation itself will be set free from the bondage of corruption and brought into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (22) For we know that the whole creation is together groaning and suffering the pains of labor, up to this time; (23) and not only so, but even we ourselves also, though having the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption as sons, for the redemption of our body. (24) For we were saved only in hope. But hope which is seen is not hope; how can a man hope for that which he seeth?

        Jesus showed us the way to God and promised the faithful a comforter, the Pneuma or the Spirit of God which is the Force of God and not an other element of a tri-une godhead.

        Jesus praised the only One True God and told the world how important it was to worship only that One God his heavenly Father without Jesus could do nothing:

        Joh 14:23-31 Noyes NT Jesus answered and said to him, If any one loveth me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our abode with him. (24) He that loveth me not, keepeth not my words; and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Fathers who sent me. (25) These things have I spoken to you, while abiding with you; (26) but the Comforter, the Holy Spirit which the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things which I have said to you. (27) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world giveth, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. (28) Ye heard me say to you, I am going away, and am coming again to you. If ye loved me, ye would have rejoiced that I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. (29) And now I have told you before it hath come to pass, that when it hath come to pass ye may believe. (30) I shall not talk much more with you. For the prince of the world cometh, and hath nothing in me. (31) But [this must be] that the world may know that I love the Father, and that as the Father gave me commandment so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

        Joh 5:19-27 Noyes NT Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly do I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing; for whatever He doeth, these things the Son also doeth in like manner; (20) for the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things which he himself doeth; and greater works than these will he show him, so that ye will wonder. (21) For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and giveth them life, so the Son also giveth life to whom he will. (22) For neither doth the Father judge any one, but hath committed all judgment to the Son; (23) that all may honor the Son, as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son, honoreth not the Father, who sent him. (24) Truly, truly do I say to you, He that heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and cometh not into condemnation, but hath passed out of death into life. (25) Truly, truly do I say to you, The hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear will live. (26) For as the Father hath life in himself, so did he give to the Son also to have life in himself. (27) And he gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man.

      2. Please do not worry about your language. Main point is that we can have conversation and be children of God looking for the Truth, truing to understand each other and trying to find Biblical truth and to see what God His Word is really saying and not doctrines of man.

    2. Thank you for your question. Just for clarity, I believe that the Bible teaches that God is only one God (Deut 6:4, 1 Corin 8:6) AND that He eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matt 28:19, John 8:58, 20:28, Acts 5:3-4 are just a few examples of attributing the name God to Jesus and to the Spirit. And Gen 1:26, Isa 1:18 God is referred to in the plural and singular expressing this 3-in-1 concept.)

      I believe that the Bible teaches that each person (Father, Son, Spirit) is fully God yet has a different role as God and yet there is one God. This is difficult, might I add impossible, to comprehend. But to quote Augustine “We are speaking of God, what marvel if thou do not comprehend? For if thou comprehended, he is not God.” Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds us that His ways are so much higher than our ways. We would have trouble understanding this concept just as an ant would have trouble comprehending algebra. Let not the mysteries of God which are beyond our ability to comprehend be cause for us not to believe His Word.

      I hope this helps and let’s you know where I stand on this important issue. Thank you for reading and I hope you will feel welcome to continue reading regardless of where you land. May the Spirit guide you into all truth (John 16:13).
      ~Kelly

      1. When you look closely at the given verses and the surrounding verses you can see that they do not attribute the name God to Jesus and to the Spirit (Matt 28:19, John 8:58, 20:28, Acts 5:3-4)

        Mat 28:18-20 Noyes NT And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, All power was given to me in heaven and on earth. (19) Go, and make all nations my disciples, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; (20) teaching them to observe all things, whatever I have commanded you. And, lo! I am with you always, unto the end of the world.

        You seem to overlook the little but important word “and” making it that action has to be taken in the name of those persons or elements. this formula is often used but does not denote Jesus to be the God or vice versa.

        Joh 8:58 Noyes NT Jesus said to them, Truly, truly do I say to you, From before Abraham was, I have been.
        Jesus refers to him being the promised one in the garden of Eden, which happened long long before Abraham was born. He, like Abraham and many of those living today and tomorrow were already notated in the Book of life and know by god as chosen ones, but that doe not mean Jesus, Abraham or we did already exist at that time, though God knew us already then and knew already those who will not enter the Kingdom of God.

        Today we still use the expression “having before Abraham” or “having seen Abraham”. Do you think it means we are persons who lived already before Abraham? It just means that we have gathered wisdom or should be wise enough or being older than 5O years.

        Jesus was not only wise enough but was also the one spoken of in the garden of Eden, by God. It is also an indication for us to recognise Jesus as the one promised in God’s Garden at the beginning of the universe. The evangelist John builds his whole gospel on that knowledge of Jesus being that promised one and being the first one of the new creation and as such being the fulfilment of God’s Word, having come in the flesh.

        Please do also cp v 56: “Abraham saw my day”, ie in vision, prophecy, etc. Thus Christ existed in Abraham’s day, in prospect and purpose. By this, Christ establishes preeminence, not preexistence. Abraham saw the day of Christ, marked out from the world’s beginnings (1Pe_1:20; Rev_13:8). As the son and heir, Jesus’ power and authority preceded that of Abraham.

        When the apostle Thomas answered and said to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” he did not say Jesus was God but once again you miss out the little word “and” . Plus even when you would take the “and” it does not say Jesus is The God but could then imply Jesus being a god, like Apollo, Zeus, Pharaoh, Moses and angels are called god in the Bible, but I do hope you will not take them to be the God of gods! “god” is a title which is and was given to a higher person and today in many languages and cultures is still given to idols, like Clooney, Spears, Presley, Maradonna, just to name a few. but here again we do hope you do not take those ‘stars’ to be literally stars or literally being The God.

        My God: One who acts on behalf of God may be called “God”: (a) angels: Gen_16:13; Gen_18:13; Exo_23:20-21; Hos_12:3; Hos_12:5; (b) men: Exo_22:28; Exo_22:6; Exo_21:8 (elohim); Psa_138:1; Joh_10:34 (cit Psa_82:1; Psa_82:6); (c) the Messiah: Isa_8:13-14; Isa_61:1; Isa_61:6; Isa_64:4; Isa_65:16; Zec_12:10; Mal_3:1; Joh_20:28; Heb_1:8.

        The next verses which you quote say:
        Act 5:3-4 Noyes NT But Peter said, Ananias, why did Satan fill thy heart that thou shouldst lie to the Holy Spirit, and keep back part of the price of the land? (4) While it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why didst thou conceive this thing in thy heart? Thou didst not lie to men, but to God.

        Here we find Peter, who was called satan by Jesus as well calling Anais also to be one taken by satan or the adversary of God.
        This verse no where indicates that Jesus would be the Holy Spirit or that Jesus would be the God Most High.

        according to Scriptures God is a God of order and a god of love Who is an eternal Spirit (so cannot die) Who does not tell lies. God clearly tells us that Jesus is His only begotten son. God is not a god of mysteries Who would try to confuse us by having Him saying this and at an other moment that. God is also not a God of contradiction and we should believe His Word. But we also should believe the words of His son who told us that his Father is greater than him and that we should pray to this One God like he prays also to that One God. Jesus did not fake his fear for man and his fear for death and really died. The Most High God of the Bible tells us man can do Him nothing nor can death do anything to Him because He is an eternal All-knowing Spirit. Jesus did not know everything. He even did not know when he would be coming back or who would be seated next to him. In case he is God than he would have lied, but Scriptures tells us Jesus did not sin, so could not have told lies.

      2. Dear guestpeaker, I’m sorry we disagree on this foundational point.
        It looks like our disagreement is rooted in Bible translation. Please consider using more than one translation of the Bible to look at these verses. It looks like your translation (Noyes NT) was done by only 1 person, which allows for theological bias, preferences, and human error in the text. There is a big difference in “Before Abraham was born, I am.” (NASB) and “From before Abraham was, I have been.” (Noyes NT)

        Thank you for reading and considering my responses. Have a great day!

  2. Emily

    Kelly,
    As a law student, woman in the 21st century, future wife, and future mother, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this series. Very few people are brave enough to face these topics head on, let alone be as honest as you. Your humility is refreshing. You’re writing gives glory to God. Thank you.

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