To Woman

I wrote a nutshell of what the Bible is all about back here.  I’d like to expand on the notion of Woman though.

Woman is eschatology.  The man comes first, and the women comes second.  The man is the priest, but the woman is the sanctuary.  Wisdom is described as a woman, and She is described as being from eternity.  Since it is the Holy Spirit who indwells the Bride of Christ, I think it makes the most sense to understand Wisdom as the Spirit. Man and Woman both have their archetypal image in God.

The Spirit is also the sign of the last days. The Spirit is eschatological.  In a way, Jesus is the Adam and the Spirit is the Eve.  Biblical history moves from man to woman in an important way.  Prior to Advent, all mankind awaited the Man.  Now we all wait for the Woman.

This is also why men give their lives for their women.  They are being as Christ to the Church, and this is written on their very hearts.  Rarely are they conscious of this.  Pagans even know about this stuff.  All of the pagan deities are sexual beings.  Their cosmologies are marked by this as well.  The great epic battles are  fought over women.  Women launch a thousand ships.  This was simply a reality of the cosmos.  Christianity doesn’t deny it at all.  It begins with man and wife, and it ends with man and wife.  Courtship is all over the liturgy, as well as the wisdom materials.  The vision of the future, the perfect reality, is a wedding feast.

So we fight on.

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About Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the pastor of Christ Church in Lakeland, FL. He is also a founder and general editor of The Calvinist International. A graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, MS), a full-time minister, and occasional classical school teacher, Steven lives in Lakeland, FL with his wife, son, and daughter.

3 thoughts on “To Woman

  1. You might find the thoughts of Pavel Evdokimov very interesting in this regard.

    peace
    P

  2. You should read the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I think you will see this imagery in how we Catholics view the Virgin: Mother, Bride, Queen, and icon of the Church. (When thinking of the idea of Mary as icon of the Church, I always think of this. For that reason, I have always thought that Catholicism has always had a balance between the feminine and the masculine, somthing that I think Protestant religion in many of its forms often lacks.

    Ipsa conteret

  3. I would actually argue that Mary herself points onward to the larger “Woman” in the Scriptures. Mary, of which there are several in the gospels, is one manifestation of something much bigger.

    The Magdalene at Jesus’ tomb is another manifestation of the same thing.

    The Bride of Christ at the end of Revelation is not simply Jesus’ mom. That would be gross. She’s the fully realized woman.

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