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Women in the Body 02 – Must Women Keep Silent? Part 2

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February 13th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Larry Groenewald, Mike Vinson, Topical Studies, Women0 Comments | Author:

Many overemphasize that women must keep silent in the church. This study will explain truth of women keeping silent.

by Larry Groenewald, Mike Vinson
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On any aspect of true spiritual life, we are advised by scripture to seek and enter at ‘the strait gate’ by following the ‘narrow’ way:

Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it..

And this is that narrow way:

Psa 119:160 ASV The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.

As far as the role of women in the church is concerned, this “narrow way” also applies. There are twisted perversions on each side of that “narrow way” which caused many to walk the “broad way” to destruction.

Perversion # 1:

One side overemphasizes the “keep silent” part of women in the church:

1Co 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
1Co 14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

This is what the apostle Paul wrote to help the church at Corinth with the disorderly way in which some women conducted themselves in their meetings. So how is a woman to conduct herself in the church and is she supposed to say nothing at all? Let us first take a closer look at the word “silence” in this verse:

1Ti 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence (G2271: hēsuchia) with all subjection.
1Ti 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

G2271: “hēsuchia” Feminine of G2272; (as noun) stillness, that is, desistance from bustle or language: – quietness, silence.

G2272: “hēsuchios” – A prolonged form of a compound probably of a derivative of the base of G1476 and perhaps G2192; properly keeping one’s seat (sedentary), that is, (by implication) still (undisturbed, undisturbing): – peaceable, quiet.

Here is the same word in other verses of scripture:

2Th 3:12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness (G2271: hēsuchia) they work, and eat their own bread.
1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable (G2271: hēsuchia) life in all godliness and honesty.
1Pe 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet (G2272: hēsuchios) spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

This meek, peaceable and quiet spirit is to be evident in the conduct of all of us, but especially highlighting the relationship between a women and a man which God instituted to reveal to us the order in the Godhead:

1Co 11:2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

The female’s relation to her head which is her husband typifies the relationship Jesus has with His Father. Jesus does not ‘usurp authority over’ the Father and that is reflected in the role of any female to her physical husband or to her spiritual Head, Jesus:

1Co 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

[For more in depth study visit the link:The Head of Christ is God Study]

An unmarried female also has a head that “covers” her, which is “the Christ” (the Head and His body):

Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his (the Christ’s) feet, and gave him (Jesus) to be the head over all things to the church
Eph 1:23 Which is his (the Christ’s),body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Women (married or single) in the New Testament church were never meant to be totally silent in the assembly, as these scriptures also allude to:

• Philip’s daughters prophesied:

Act 21:8 …Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.
Act 21:9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

• Priscilla, the wife of Aquila, helped her husband to ‘expound’ the ‘way of God more perfectly’ unto Appolis:

Act 18:26 And he (Appolis) began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

• The woman at the well told others, including men in Samaria, about what she heard from Jesus and many came to believe in Jesus through her witnessing:

Joh 4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
Joh 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

• Mary Magdalene was sent by Jesus personally to go and tell His other disciples, including the men, about His resurrection:

Joh 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Joh 20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Women do prophesy in the New Testament church:

1Co 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

Many aspects are included under prophecy in scripture namely singing, playing musical instruments, prayer; relating dreams and all forms of edification, exhortation and comfort:
• Singing

Num 11:25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied (H5012), and did not cease.

[H5012: nâbâ’ = to prophesy, that is, speak or sing by inspiration.]

• Playing Musical Instruments

1Sa 10:5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:

Exo 15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

• Prayer

1Ki 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them [the prophets of Baal], and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
1Ki 18:28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
1Ki 18:29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

• Relating dreams

Jer 23:25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
Jer 23:26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart

Even our dreams must be tried “to see whether they be of God”. Any prophet who has progressed outside of God’s Word is a false prophet indeed.

• Edification, exhortation and comfort

1Co 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

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