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. In the last post we looked at the effect of sin on men and women through the lens of the Fall story in Genesis 3. Today, we will look at the relationship of salvation and sexuality.
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.
In the last post, we saw that God’s design for manhood and womanhood were distorted when sin came into the world. We will explore today that through God’s grace we can be restored. Despite our sin, God seeks the guilty.
And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” –Genesis 3:8-9
God covers the shameful:
And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. –Genesis 3:21
God protects the fearful:
Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the Garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. –Genesis 3:22-24
God promises the Savior:
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” –Genesis 3:15
David Platt explains this further, “God says, ‘I will send one from the seed of woman who will overcome the serpent.’ God promises Satan will be trampled, and Christ will triumph.”
Man’s Primary Responsibility: Lead
If we look back at 1 Corinthians 11 and Ephesians 5, the head of man is Christ. The head of a wife is her husband. The husband is the head of his wife even as Christ is the head of the church. David Platt goes on to say, “God has entrusted man with this primary role….not sole, but primary responsibility to lead for the good of woman. This is not leadership for the sake of self-appeasement or self-satisfaction. This is leadership for the good of others.”
Man is to look at Christ as a good leader. So, it would be a bad move to not submit to a good leader. A good leader should be easy to submit to just because he has been shown to be a good leader. God designed manhood to model Christ as a good leader where men should be worthy of glad submission. David Platt explains this very well by saying, “Man is not the ultimate leader; Christ is the ultimate leader, and man leads in a way that reflects the loving authority of Christ. Man’s primary responsibility is to lead, and man is accountable to God for two things, mainly here, based on what we’ve seen. Man is accountable to God for the protection of his wife and for provision in the home.”
Woman’s Primary Responsibility: Support
As we saw in Genesis 2, a woman is a helper by God’s design. This role is not one that devalues woman, but honors her in the same way that the Son is honored before the Father. David Platt describes woman’s role as, “she supports through a humble disposition that yields to man’s leadership. A woman is designed by God to be inclined toward yielding to man’s leadership. She desires a man who exercises loving authority, leadership, and protects and provides for her. Woman’s ultimate devotion should be following Christ’s leadership. Biblical womanhood has a discerning spirit that is inclined to submit to her husband, but is further inclined to submit to Christ. If her husband wants her to do something that goes directly against the Word of Christ, then she will yield to Christ over him.”
Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. —1 Peter 3:1-2
Along with a primary responsibility of support, woman is accountable to God for affirmation of her husband. Woman is also accountable to God for providing nurture in the home. God equipped woman to bear children and with the gift of nurturing children.
To recap what we have gone over today, God designed manhood and womanhood with a unique complementary picture. Man protects and provides; woman affirms and nurtures. We will continue next time by looking at applying the Gospel to our Sexuality.