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The Spirit of the Ten Commandments

In the tapestry of human civilization, few threads have woven themselves as deeply into the fabric of societies as the Ten Commandments. These ancient directives, gifted to humanity as the backbone of God’s law, transcend mere rules; they embody the very essence of divine guidance and human flourishing. Yet, as we delve into their significance, we uncover a profound truth: while the Law is a gift that illuminates the path, it is faith in Jesus Christ that truly saves, lest anyone should boast.

Understanding the Purpose of the Law

The Scriptures are filled with insights on the function and purpose of the law. In Romans 3:20, we learn that no one is declared righteous by observing the law; rather, it serves to make us conscious of sin. This sentiment is echoed in Romans 7:7, where Paul acknowledges that he wouldn’t have recognized sin without the law’s guidance. The crux of the matter is made clear in Romans 3:28 and Galatians 2:16, emphasizing that righteousness comes through faith in Jesus, not through legalistic observance.

The Dual Purpose and Benefit of the Law

God’s intention behind the commandments is multifaceted. They are designed to teach humanity how to love God rightly, bring honor and glory to His name, and foster harmonious relationships among people (Matt. 22:40). Additionally, adherence to these commandments leads to blessings and a peaceful life, as stated in Exodus 20:1-17.

The reciprocal benefit for mankind is evident: obeying the law promotes harmony in relationships and peace in the streets. The law is a loving gift that God has revealed to His special creation to know how to love Him and one another. The Ten Commandments are a blessing that if honored will bring peace and a long life. Even if your peace is internal in the midst of external chaos, following God’s instruction leads to true life.

Man wasn’t made for the law; the law was made for man. This is exactly what Jesus meant when he described on many occasions that the spirit of the law was and is for God and man’s benefit, not their detriment. The law is not more important to God than carrying your paralyzed friend on the Sabbath. This breaking of the letter of man’s law was the exact display of love and faith that fulfilled God’s law (Mark 2:3-11).

The Transformative Power of Understanding the Spirit of the Law

Integrating the Old and New Testaments is crucial for a holistic understanding of God’s divine plan. Jesus Himself affirmed the continuity of the law and the prophets, stating that He came not to abolish but to fulfill them (Matthew 5:17). This underscores the significance of interpreting the New Testament in light of the Old, recognizing the timeless principles and moral truths encapsulated in the commandments. We must be careful to rightly interpret and discern the letter of the law as well as the spirit of the law in every area of our lives.

The Law’s Application in Real Life

Jesus’s teachings shed light on the spirit of the law. In Matthew 5 He emphasized the importance of understanding the law’s intent and living accordingly, rather than rigidly following its letter. He exemplified this in His actions, such as healing on the Sabbath, which showcased the primacy of compassion and love over legalistic adherence. In Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus says that all the Law and Prophets can be wrapped up in the essence of loving God and man with all your heart, soul, and strength. It is through Jesus’ indwelling Spirit we are able to live out the spirit of the law, applying it with wisdom and discernment.

The Spirit of the Ten Commandments

In Exodus 20:2, God tells Moses, “I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.”

The title Lord means judge, authority or ruler. God as Judge is the ultimate authority, law giver and keeper. This God is a perfect and benevolent ruler and rescuer to His people. He reminds Moses of each other’s identity, purpose, and position. The Judge then gives Moses these Ten Commandments to give to His people and to live by them.

  • “You must not have any other god but me Ex 20:3

Honor God as Lord of all (Acts 10:36). Make God primary in all areas and decisions in life. Live by His statutes, ordinances, and law and He will direct your paths.

  • “You must not make for yourself an idol Ex 20:4

Seek God alone for all your needs, desires, and comfort. He is all knowing and powerful and hallowed. He is our Father in Heaven, the only one who can graciously give our daily bread, and forgive us of our sins, and lead us out of temptation (Matthew 6:9-13)

  • “You must not misuse the name of the LORD your God.” Ex 20:7

Live in a manner worthy of your calling (Eph. 4:1). Not that God needs us to help His reputation, but we should live in a way that doesn’t contradict His character, Word or calling on our lives. Beware the way of the hypocrite.

  • “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Ex 20:8

There were many man-made laws surrounding God’s law of keeping rest on the sabbath to honor His rest and our health.

  • “Honor your father and mother.” Ex 20:12

As adults, it’s important to maintain respect for our parents by honoring them even when we disagree. Respect, care, and provide for the elderly as they have respected, cared, and provided for you. Parents, strive to live in a manner that earns respect from your children.

  • “You must not murder.” Ex 20:13

The commandment carries a profound message about the sanctity of human life. It urges us to regard life with utmost respect, regardless of circumstances like accidental or intentional harm. The essence is to honor life by exercising self-control and engaging in actions that build and uplift rather than destroy. The literal meaning of the commandment is to not murder with premeditative will. Jesus said that if you harbor anger or resentment in your heart for another person, you are guilty of murder.

  • “You must not commit adultery.” Ex 20:14

Respect and love your spouse and the commitment you’ve made. Flee sexual immorality and be true to yourself and others. If you make a vow, make every effort to keep it.

  • “You must not steal.” Ex 20:15

The eighth commandment prohibits taking what isn’t rightfully ours or harming others through unfair possession of their property. It stresses fairness, kindness, and respect for private ownership, contributing to both individual and societal well-being. This commandment serves as a reminder to live ethically even in regard to material possessions, respecting others’ rights and avoiding actions that cause harm.

  • “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.” Ex 20:16

This commandment covers one’s words, honesty and intentions of the heart (Luke 6:45). Promote human flourishing by letting your yes be yes, and your no be no.

  • “You must not covet.” Ex 20:17

The tenth commandment promotes human and societal well-being by encouraging contentment, gratitude towards God for blessings, and honoring our neighbors. It encourages diligence and ethical conduct in business, advising against exploiting others for personal gain.

Conclusion

The spirit of the Ten Commandments extends far beyond mere legalistic observance. It embodies the fundamental principles of love, righteousness, and reverence for God and others. While the law serves as guideposts for righteous living and societal harmony, it is faith in Jesus Christ that ultimately leads to salvation and fulfills God’s purposes. By grasping the spirit behind the law, believers can navigate life with wisdom, discernment, and a genuine desire to honor God and fulfill our calling and purpose as ambassadors, and therefore an integral part in global human flourishing.

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Moses Learns Four Spiritual Laws

Moses Learns Four Spiritual Laws

Writer: Rachel Kidd

Objective: To learn the secrets God shared with Moses, how Moses responded to God’s call, and how we can apply them to our lives today.

Through the story of Moses, you find incredible keys to obeying God’s call upon your life. If we uncover and learn to apply these spiritual principles and practices, not only will our peace grow, but we will be sharp and true instruments in God’s hands.

Moses’ Return to Egypt

Early in the book of Exodus, we meet Moses, one of the great pillars of faith. At this point though, he’s just a man in exile.

Having run away from the problems surrounding his parentage and the murder he committed, leaving his people enslaved in Egypt, Moses is living with the Midianites. He marries a Midianite woman and becomes part of this nomadic, shepherding people under the guidance of his father-in-law Jethro, knowing he cannot return to Egypt.

Yet, in Exodus chapters 2 and 3, we see God calling Moses to return to all the problems he ran away from, to deliver his people from bondage.

This slavery in Egypt is allegorically a symbol of our slavery to sin so the deliverance from that bondage is a picture of our salvation in Christ. This also means that Moses as a deliverer is an image of any human channel of God’s work of salvation, otherwise known as an evangelist or soul-winner.

But before Moses could become the deliverer of his people, God first had to prepare him. Moses had to learn first that he was nobody, then be convinced that he was somebody, and then what God could do with somebody who knew they were nobody. It is the lesson of humility, of understanding your humanity before you can lead from a place of power and influence.

Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain. –Exodus 3:11-12

God’s secret for being the instrument of deliverance can be summed up in one statement:

“You’re not the deliverer – I am. On your own, you cannot deliver anybody. But I can, and I am with you.”

This secret is not only true of Moses; it is true for us as well.

Five Objections

Moses raised five objections when God appeared to him in the burning bush, calling him to go to Egypt.

  • “Who am I to be chosen?”
    • Moses feels unworthy of this call, to which God assures him that He will be with him, that he is worthy because he has been called, not because of who he is.
  • “I’ll be asked questions I cannot answer”
    • Moses might have been afraid of questions from the Hebrew elders who would want to understand why God would choose Moses as their deliverer. Like many of us anxious about sharing our faith, Moses was afraid he wouldn’t be able to answer the hard questions. God reassures him that he won’t need to answer or get caught up in the arguments, that He will be there and that is enough.
  • “They’ll never believe me”
    • God responds through a few object lessons, showing Moses the power of miracles in motivating and convincing people.
    • Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground, and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So, Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.” –Exodus 4:2-5
  • “I’m not eloquent enough”
    • God chose a man who wasn’t the best speaker, who maybe had a speech impediment for a reason. He didn’t want the deliverance of the Israelites to be overshadowed by a dynamic and charismatic speaker, He wanted Moses.
  • “Send somebody else”
    • Moses’ last defense makes God angry, the patience and restraint he showed thus far finally wearing thin. He tells Moses that if he wanted to send someone else, He would have; He is aware of Aaron’s speaking abilities. However, God called Moses and so Moses must go.

What was important to God was not Moses’ skills and talents, but his availability. In the work of God, the greatest ability is availability, faith, and the willingness to be used for God’s purposes, to be the vessel through which God works.

Four Spiritual Truths

God prepared Moses for leadership by teaching him four spiritual truths:

  • “I am not, but He is.”
    • God makes it clear to Moses that He is the deliverer and that He will use Moses to free the Israelites from slavery. It is not who Moses is, but who God is.
  • “I cannot, but He can.”
    • Often using failure to teach this lesson, Moses’ story is clear that Moses cannot do what he is called to do on his own or through his ability. When he takes matters into his own hands, it ends in chaos. It is only through God’s hand that the Israelites are freed through the miracles of the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea.
  • “I do not want to, but He wants to.”
    • Moses was incredibly resistant to returning to Egypt. He was living happily with the Midianites and likely could have continued living a peaceful existence there. Instead, God called him back into the storm for the greater good.
    • The men of God who are called to great things often don’t want to do them, they often say no at first.
  • “I did not but He did.”
    • It was not through Moses’ power that the Egyptians were plagued by locusts and rivers of blood, nor was it that he parted the Red Sea. It was God who orchestrated the deliverance of the Israelites and He who deserves the glory.

We object to God’s identity, calling and assignment for our lives when we forget or twist Truth. God chose you to bring freedom to the captives by proclaiming the good news of Jesus. What limitation or self-preservation are you believing has more power over you or your situation than God?

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The God Who is in Charge

Author: Rachel Kidd

Objective: To learn how God uses the circumstances of our lives to prepare us for the role He has for us.

The Story of Joseph

Unlike most biblical characters who reveal their humanity and brokenness as their story develops, Joseph remains pure of heart and soul. Along with Daniel, he is one of the purest characters in the bible, remaining faithful and constant to the end, despite the horrors he faced.

Because he was the favored first-born son of Rachel, the favorite and beloved wife of Jacob, Joseph was his father’s favorite child. As you can imagine, this created incredible resentment in his older brothers who likely saw their father’s disdain for their mother Leah. The resentment grew for their little brother as he did. They contemplated his murder, but ultimately, they sold him into slavery, to a traveling caravan that took young Joseph away from his home and off to Egypt.

Joseph found himself in a foreign land against his will, first as a slave, then as a prisoner, and then by divine providence, he found himself second in command over Egypt as prime minister, directly under the Pharaoh himself.

God’s Providence

Joseph lived an extraordinary life in Egypt, despite the mistreatment and pain, something he knew was only due to God’s hand. He was strategically placed in a position of power because God knew a famine would come that had the potential to decimate the Jewish people. Without Joseph in this powerful seat, with his careful planning and preparation and connection to his people, God’s people might not have survived.

This powerful conclusion to the incredible story of Joseph’s life, covered in fourteen chapters in the book of Genesis, is really a chronicle of God’s providence. A New Testament verse sums up the story of Joseph incredibly well.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28

God’s plans ultimately work together for good, despite how difficult things may seem at the moment. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, mistreated, and experienced some of the worst experiences life has to offer, yet his faith never wavered, and God’s purpose ultimately proved to be for good.

Joseph’s loving response to persecution was, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20).

Joseph’s story teaches us about the providence of God and confirms what Romans 8:28 declares, that there is no situation so bad God cannot redeem it and bring good from it.

God’s Grace

The story of Joseph also tells us of God’s grace, given freely to those who ask but do not deserve. It begins with Joseph’s father, Jacob, who was blessed in many ways.

Jacob long believed that his blessings were earned, won by his cunning, his scheming, and his own effort. He was, after all, the younger brother who conned his elder brother Esau out of his inheritance. He was also the man who wrestled with God, who worked long years for the bride he desired, and then more after marrying the wrong sister.

His blessings of children, land, and wives were not because of his own doings, they were undeserved blessings from God who was using Jacob for His divine plans.

We see Jacob’s recognition of this later in life when he reconnects with his brother Esau. He connects the grace of Esau’s welcome, after all he had done to his older brother, to the grace shown to him by God. He realizes that God gave him blessings he did not earn nor deserve and that he should in turn give freely, especially to his own brother.

“For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me. Please accept my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” Thus he urged him, and he took it.” –Genesis 33:10-11

Joseph’s story illustrates this same truth in another way. He experienced the worst life has to offer, not because he deserved it or as a punishment, but because of circumstances beyond his control, for the glory of God.

By the grace of God, Joseph was called to live an incredibly hard life, one I could hardly imagine surviving. But it was because God was preparing him, training him through experiences in such a way to be strategically placed to save his people from extinction.

How does this apply to me?

Looking at the relationship Joseph has with his family, we can see an imperfect model. His father favors one son over the others, not to mention the daughters who are excluded from the narrative entirely. He allows anger and resentment to fester within his home, among his children, and his multiple wives, creating a chaotic environment that leads to losing his son Joseph for years.

Clearly, Jacob’s home and family are not one to model ours after. It’s an example of what not to do in so many ways, like a floundering family on a reality tv show where a nanny steps in to save the day.

But the truth is, we all have human, flawed, and imperfect parents. None of us were raised in perfect homes, no matter how happy our childhoods may have been. Maybe we hold hurt from childhood, resentment for the way we were parented (or not parented), and wounds that still impact us today. It can be incredibly difficult to let those hurts go and to forgive our parents, especially if we don’t think they deserve it.

The grace that Joseph shows his family is an incredible model for us today. How painful must that have been to be confronted with the brothers who sold you into slavery as a teenager? Who set an incredibly traumatic chain of events in motion that permanently altered the course of your life? And then you’re expected to use your power to help them?

I honestly would have a difficult time showing them grace. But Joseph models for us grace and forgiveness, welcoming his family and sharing the stores of food with them, despite all they had done to harm him. And that is the root of the story of Joseph; divine grace to those who do not deserve it.

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Living a Life of Grace and Freedom in Christ

Author: Charles Hegwood

When I was a student, I thought of the word ‘freedom’ as that one moment on the last day of school as I walked out the door. The promise of summer and all of the fun that it would bring could be felt riding on the breeze. I could wake up late with no real schedule. The chains of study and homework were at least temporarily loosened and I was free. Well, mostly free. Temporarily free. Thanks to God that freedom in Christ is much more permanent and much more valuable than a brief reprieve from schoolwork. Paul talked about freedom from sin and death. He talked about freedom in Christ. Hear the words of Paul as he pleads with his readers to stand firm in the freedom Christ gives and avoid placing the law’s yoke back around our necks.  

What is Freedom  

There is beauty in the freedom we have in Christ, but what does it mean to be set free? Freedom in Christ is not freedom to sin. We are not to think of being free as an excuse to sin and do whatever we want, all the while waving around the credit card of grace. Far from it. Paul’s definition of freedom is wrapped up in the context of Galatians chapter 5.  

The issue in the Galatian church was that they wanted to place the yoke of the law back on their shoulders. They wanted to be circumcised because they thought that circumcision would grant them favor in the eyes of the law and the eyes of God. Verse 2 helps the reader to understand the mindset of those seeking circumcision. Paul stated that “Jesus would be of no advantage.” This should alert us that these men were trying to obtain or add to their salvation in another way apart from Christ. The cultural law was familiar and therefore comfortable. Paul, however, relates their previous state to that slavery. Freedom was new and scary for these men. They were quick to retreat to what they knew. They wanted circumcision as a “faith and…” This desire displayed a lack of faith in Jesus according to Paul.  

For us today, it is not a question of circumcision. It is about us chaining ourselves to other practices with the hope of obtaining salvation or holiness apart from Jesus. The add-ons are often the former things we left behind before submitting our lives to Christ. Those things are comfortable and easy. These add-ons could also be extra behaviors too. We may feel insecure about our faith in Jesus and therefore try to add qualifications on top of Jesus’ sacrifice. This is an attempt to further be justified, which is our way of telling God, “you are not enough to save me, let me help.” This is textbook legalism, obsession over obedience apart from faith in Jesus.  

What Freedom Looks Like 

The freedom in Christ that Paul speaks of, frees us from sin and from trying to earn God’s favor. Paul said in many other places that we are not to crawl back to our sinful lifestyles. Some in the church at Galatia thought the blood of Christ was not sufficient for them and therefore they must do more to earn their own righteousness.They then crawled back to their old beliefs and practices. Paul called for freedom from the chains of earning God’s merit because the reality is you cannot. Freedom in Christ is the knowledge that because of Jesus, God is pleased with us. God sees the righteousness of Christ when he looks at us. This is great freedom. Freedom is the grace of God poured out on us. Do not throw extra steps into salvation. In verse seven, Paul called this action disobedience to Christ.  

Where Freedom Is  

Freedom in Christ is found in our daily lives. As I mentioned earlier, freedom from doing things to earn salvation does not equal doing nothing. A believer who is enjoying true freedom in Christ still lives an obedient life to Christ. This believer does not go through life uncaring about what they do, say, or think. Freedom manifests itself in your interactions with people and when no one is looking. Paul was saying that freedom in Christ was the freedom to obey Christ. This means we do good things to please Christ. Doing good things to please God is far different than doing good works to earn God’s favor. Do you see why this is freedom? We never have to wonder if we have done enough good to be righteous. So do not do what the believers in Galatia were doing. They were trying to add extra works to earn God’s salvation in their lives and in the lives of others. Be free to obey Christ because you love Him, and not to earn His love for you.  

3 Important Questions to Ask of Freedom and Grace 

As we wrap up this discussion of freedom in Christ, we must ask ourselves how we apply this text in particular and the freedom of Christ in general to our lives.  

  1. What freedom in Christ truly looks like? 

We have to be aware of the patterns in our lives that we tend to fall back to. If you are like me, a result-oriented person, your temptation might be to add results as a measure of salvation. This is folly and sinful according to Paul.  

  1. Where is freedom in Christ in our lives? 

We need to see this freedom in the good things that we do. It is refreshing to think that as believers, God already loves us . Doing good works is but the icing on the cake of our relationship with God.  

  1. Have I added works and actions to earn faith or call others’ to do so? 

Do good works as an outpouring of your love for God. Help your brothers and sisters embrace their freedom in Christ, breaking free of the shackles of legalism. It is after all, for freedom that Jesus set you free, so be free to live for Christ.  

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What Are Gender Roles According to the Bible?

Author: Rachel Kidd 

You’ve probably heard the term before, whether in church or circulating in the news. Maybe it was political, maybe it wasn’t. It may seem complicated and overly politicized, but the concept is pretty simple.  

Gender roles are the social roles you base on your assigned sex, from the way you dress, speak, and conduct yourself with others. It is a social expectation of your identity based on your gender. And this can vary greatly depending on your age, culture, or geographic location.  

For example, when a mother swaddles her baby in a pink blanket today, most in the U.S. would assume the baby is a girl. But, before the 1940’s, a baby wrapped in pink would signify a baby boy to the average American. The color associated with baby boys and girls switched following WWII and a deliberate change by baby blanket manufacturers.1  

Much like color, gender roles are simply culturally based assumptions related to gender and can change over time due to cultural shifts. This is true in any culture, not just the U.S.  

What are the Christian beliefs on gender roles?  

Depending on the denomination you belong to, the church has a few different stances on the gender roles they prescribe to men and women.  

Complementarianism is the theological perspective that men and women have God-ordained, fundamentally different, but complementary roles to play in society, from the home to church. This belief stems from the idea that Adam was created first and Eve was created as his “help meet” and traditional gender roles as prescribed in the time the bible was written. Often in complementarian churches, men take the traditional roles and pastors and elders while women serve in women’s or children’s ministries. In the home, husbands are often the head of the household in a patriarchal model, with wives submitting to their husband.   

Importantly, complementarian theology does not place inherent worthiness on gender. Men and women both are believed to be children of God, with masculinity and femininity made to work in harmony.  

Egalitarianism is another theological perspective that men and women are partners and made equal in the image of God, therefore their roles and gifts are equal rather than complementary. They believe that men and women are equal both in worth in the eyes of the Creator and in their abilities. In this theology, gender does not dictate the roles men or women play in the church or home. Women can typically hold leadership roles in the church, including pastoral and eldership. Often husbands and wives share responsibility of the household, characterized by mutual submission. They often point to the role of women in Jesus’ ministry and how they were elevated beyond their cultural status. At the time, women could not serve as witnesses in court, yet Jesus used two women to share the news of His resurrection to the other disciples.  

Both theological perspectives on gender roles find support in scripture, depending on the interpretation and church denomination. Some typically complementation denominations include  

Orthodox traditions, Southern Baptists, and the Catholic Church. Some egalitarian traditions include the Quakers, Methodists, Lutherans, and the Presbeterian (USA) Church.  

Verses on Gender Roles 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 

God tells us that men and women are made in his image, that we reflect the glory of the Lord in our humanity.  

He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created. Genesis 5:2 NIV 

The bible calls male and female, Adam and Eve, blessed as members of mankind. While different, this verse notes that they share both the blessing of God their creator and the humanity He bestowed upon them.  

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28  

Often used as an explanation for egalitarianism, this verse reminds us that our identities, while not insignificant, should not hold more weight than our identity in Jesus. We are reminded that our maleness or femaleness pales in comparison to who we are in Christ.  

Wives, in the same way, submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 1 Peter 3:1-2 NIV  

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.  1 Peter 3:7 NIV 

These verses in Peter describe the roles husbands and wives should play within Christian marriage, and often are used in complementarian theology. Both roles are clearly defined based on gender, with the wife acting in the submissive role and the husband as the respectful, but firm head of the home.  

Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 

Ephesians 5:22-24 

Another verse often used in complementarian theology, the relationship between husband and wife is compared to that of the church and Christ. In this way, the role of both the church and the woman are defined by submission, whereas the man and Christ’s roles are defined by duty-bound and benevolent leadership.  

Regardless of your view on gender roles, whether complementarian or egalitarian, the shared belief lies in our identity as children of God; your gender does not indicate your worth as a believer, no matter your theological perspective. And that is the beauty of the gospel, that we are what Jesus says we are.  

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV