A couple weeks ago, I preached through 1 Corinthians 11:2-18. You can find the message here. Some brothers and sisters brought up a few questions and corrections to my attention. I really appreciate the encouragement given, and apologize for my lack of clarity and accuracy. Last week, I clarified on the two points I got wrong, which you can listen to below:
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- I got the NASB rendering of 1 Corinthians 11:10 mixed up with the KJV rendering. The KJV is actually the only major translation I have studied that does not insert “a symbol of…” in this verse.
- NASB: Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
- KJV: For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
- In my discussion of the relationship between men and women, with man as the “head” of woman, I compared it with the relationship between God and Christ. This is a parallel that Paul makes. I wanted to emphasize that the nature of man’s role and woman’s role in no way means that women have less value or are less important than man, any more than Christ is less God or less powerful than powerful than his Father. But I overstated my case, and failed to use clear, precise language when I said, “God is not greater than Jesus.” Jesus himself said, in John 14:28 that “The Father is greater than I.” I should’ve considered this statement. Though Jesus is indeed God, Scripture tells us that he came as a man to earth through the mystery of the Incarnation. Consider these passages:
- Hebrews 2:9 We do see Jesus — made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace he might taste death for everyone — crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death.
- Philippians 2:5-11 Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death —even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth — and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We can see that Jesus – in some way – made himself less than his Father when he came to earth. At the same time, we know that “equality with God” was something he set aside, and as the Firstborn of Creation, he assumes all authority under heaven and earth. This is a deep and wonderful doctrine, and I wish I had been more careful when I touched on it.
I still believe that the fundamental points we looked at on Sunday stand, and invite you to do your own study of 1 Corinthians 11, along with the doctrine of the Trinity and Christ’s incarnation.
Thanks to each one that helps me as I share the Word. It’s a sobering privilege, and I really appreciate the depth of knowledge and commitment to truth each of you have. Please don’t hesitate to bring concerns to me at any time!