Hello, my dear readers. Here is my voice message for sisters. (recorded in Farsi.)
In the name of Jesus Christ. Warm greetings to my beloved Farsi/Dari speaking sisters in Christ. I love you dearly as I love my own people.
Today, I'd like to think over the meaning of "womanhood" in a biblical sense with you.
I used to preach or rule over men in the church and I had thought it right to do so.
However, through various experiences and by the grace of God, Christ opened my spiritual eyes to see that my being as a female preacher was indeed unbiblical and I repented it wholeheartedly.
And after repentance, the Holy Spirit poured amazing spiritual blessings upon me. Yes, for the first time in my life, I understood the beauty of the creation order of God!
The Bible explains that in terms of nature or essence (ουσια, φυση), men and women are completely equal. However, in terms of roles/function/order (ταξις),we are different.
In 1 Timothy 2:12, it says;
" I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet." (ESV)
Some people read this verse and conclude negatively that God of the Bible wants to restrict woman's ability or talents. But it is not true! The fact is that this command is not a restriction but rather a protection and His tender love toward me and all the Christian sisters.
Being in nature, we feel peace and comfort inside. Why?
Because in the world of nature, there is harmony and order. A little tree never complains and says ; "why am I not like that big tree?" Or a grass never murmurs and says; "why am I not a lily?" Every creation is settled in a place where God has set for each, and living with peace and calm acceptance.
And I believe that you and I are so, too.
After believing Jesus Christ as our Savior, we've become His new creation. And, --like delicate lovely flowers--, each one of us is called to reflect His indescribable beauty to the world. May God bless you all. Amen.