We have been looking at some Biblical foundations of sexuality in the last few posts. Those foundations we tried to establish were that God created men and women with equal dignity, with distinctly different roles, and to mirror the trinity. Today we would like to see some conclusions that we can make if we accept the foundations we have established.
Once again, I want to state that most of this material will be coming from a Secret Church on Family, Marriage, Sex, and the Gospel by David Platt from 2011. I highly recommend that if you want to know more about this topic that you visit www.radical.net where video streams and other materials are available for download. Additionally, I have found most of David Platt’s work to be extremely grounded on the Word and without a lot of fluff.
This is Good for Us
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. –Genesis 1:31
While we spin our wheels worrying about fairness and making sure everything is equal these days, God designed the foundations of sexuality to be good for us. David Platt states that, “Just as its good for the Son. The Son never says to the Father, “This is not fair to me for you to be in charge simply because you’re the Father.” The Son never says to the Father, “You’ve been in charge for the last fifty billion years. Why don’t you let me try it for the next fifty billion?” God created this for our good and to allow man and woman to complement each other.
Unity in Diversity
Men and women are different in the way that they think, the way that they function, the way that they look, and, of course, in their anatomical makeup. It should be no surprise then that it is these differences that attract men and women together. David Platt takes the idea that we have unity in our diversity further by saying, “unity in diversity leads to equality amidst intimacy: we honor one another as we enjoy one another. We honor one another as equals and experience unity with one another through our differences.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. –Genesis 2:24-25
This is Glorifying to God
Reflecting God’s Character
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. –Psalm 121:1-2
How can we reflect God’s Character? We must accept that God is our Head and God is our Helper. David Platt explains that, “together, man and woman uniquely reflect the character of God, and we trust His Word. Are we going to trust His Word or are we going to trust a culture of feminism that says personal worth and personal role are inextricably linked together?” Today’s culture pushes that if men and women have different roles then they must not have equal worth. God’s design not only gives us all valued personal worth but gives it to us in such a way as to exalt our worth. So the question is who are we willing to put in authority in our lives, God or man?
This is the Essence of the Gospel
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. –Ephesians 5:31-32
This verse tells us that God’s design was purposeful, not by accident, to show the relationship between Christ and His Church. David Platt describes this in this way, “Our creation as man and woman is, ultimately to illustrate how God would send Christ as our sacrificial groom. He would come in glad submission to the Father to die on the cross for our sins to save us and to make it possible for us to be His submissive bride, where we live to serve Him in glad submission. God designed you as a man or as a woman with different roles. As head or helper, with loving authority and glad submission, all to the end that Christ would be exalted as the head of the church, who gladly submits to His love. God has designed the headship of men and the help of women to display the glory of Christ in the salvation of the church.
So, let’s take these conclusions with us from the Biblical foundations of sexuality that we have looked at: God’s Design is good for us, is glorifying to God, and displays the essence of the Gospel.