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Generally speaking, from creation men have been physically stronger than women. Though in these latter days, there are a small number of women that grotesquely buff up through weight training and are stronger than the average man, God designed men to be naturally bigger and stronger than women as part of His will for their roles and responsibilities of headship to include providing for and protecting them. The value of brute strength with fighting skill is seen in men such as Samson, a judge and David, a king of ancient Israel both enabled by God. David also had his mighty men of war, strong and capable like so many of history (Judges 13-16; 2 Samuel 22:29-51, 23:8-39).
However, the physical strength and abilities of men that even many churches seem to only value for “honey do” projects and security around their facilities are not the extent of which we were designed. Man was also designed in the divine image and likeness to display the exclusive, exceedingly superior spiritual strength of God! Man does not naturally possess God’s strength, but God can and has supplied it to select men in history by the Holy Spirit! David was one and before him as I write in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, Joshua, who God after Moses commands: ‘“Be strong and of good courage for...I will be with you,’” (Deuteronomy 31:7, 23, NKJV).1
The attempt by Roman Procurator, Pilate, to appease the angry Jewish mob in first century Jerusalem, Israel led to his now famous exclamation to end matters, “Behold, the Man,” referring to Jesus of Nazareth! Jesus stood by him and before the crowd of Roman soldiers and Jews with their religious leaders bloody from being beaten up, scourged and mocked as “King of the Jews” with a crown of thorns forced down on His head and in a purple robe. But because of what had brought about this extraordinary moment, the crowd was not having any of Pilate’s concessionary punishment. The leaders especially wanted nothing short of Jesus’ death (John 19:1-6, NKJV)!
The death of Jesus is what the Jewish religious establishment and their leaders had been longing for and plotting a long time (John 5:15-18, 7:1, 25-32, 45-49, 10:30-33, 11:45-53). Scripture tells us these men that supposedly knew and honored God resented, envied and hated Jesus because He spoke the truth exposing their hypocritical religiosity with authority outside of their own (Matthew 15:1-20, 21:23-27, 23:1-33, 27:15-18; John 15:22-25).2 For this reason the Lord Jesus portrays all such religious men not as relationally part of Him or acting on His behalf, but the world system governed by Satan (John 14:30, 15:18-21, 16:1-4). The religious are of the world!
Jesus, on the other hand, had most excellently displayed the perfect blend of a man’s physical and God’s spiritual strength in pressing Heaven’s Kingdom cause in His ministry. He had stood toe to toe with Satan in the wilderness temptation, summoned select men to Himself from under his dominion for training to do as He and liberated His people from his works prevailing in every instance (Matthew 4; Luke 10:1-20)! Jesus also withstood the desires for Him of His family and disciples (Matthew 12:46-50, 16:13-23). As well, He physically took on the Temple merchandisers and overcame the efforts of religious leaders to undermine and discredit Him (Mark 11:15-19).
After displaying the awesome supernatural power of God to easily have overcome His mortal arresters without laying a hand on them (John 18:1-11), the Lord Jesus then began to show those that tried Him the amazing inner strength of Person He possessed (Luke 22:63-23:22; John 19:7-15). As I also write in my book, in all that the Jewish religious leaders, Herod, Pilate and their troops did to Jesus that morning, He did not break under the pressure or threaten to retaliate--He took it! He remained strong in spirit as they crucified and taunted Him on the cross. After six hours of suffering and not crying out in protest, He died on His own terms (John 19:16-30). Truly, in Jesus we have the ultimate display and fullness of strength in man designed by God--the Strong Man of God forever!
The final proof of this is His eternal resurrection from the heretofore, impossible grip of death three days later!3 And because Jesus lives, now, we who have repented and believed the Gospel about Him--that He died for our sins, was buried and rose again to redeem us to God--have through forgiveness been granted to have the strength of God on display in us too (Isaiah 53; Luke 24:44-49; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Colossians 1:9-14)! Indeed, of first order men are taught and commanded like Joshua to “Be strong in the Lord” for daily living (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Ephesians 6:10; Philippians 4:13, NKJV).4 But due to satanic strongholds of deceit, many churches reject the Bible’s strong man of God teaching. The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
(I will be taking Resurrection Sunday my spiritual birthday off to celebrate. Lord willing, my next post will be on April 8th. May the strength of Christ be yours this Palm Sunday and forever!)
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2 Also deceived by and captive to the spirit of religion, professed Christian men in their churches throughout history to this hour have for the same reasons and in like man-
ner sought to harm God’s faithful. Truly, nearing my forty-first year as a Christian I have had to contend with such men far too often; men who while outwardly acting
pious saying and doing religious stuff, inwardly are driven by the sinful flesh and spiritually dead having no genuine relationship with God or they willfully quench the Spirit
disconnecting from Him to carry out their evil deeds. Either way, God knows their hearts and without repentance, will judge them accordingly for their wickedness (Psalm
58:9-11; Romans 2:4-11; 2 Timothy 4:14).
3 Explore the staggering implications of death’s end and immortality in the aftermath of Christ’s resurrection in a four message Strong Man Of God Audio Series, Christ’s
Resurrection, Death’s End available exclusively in the Strong Man Store.
4 Read the February 22, 2015 post, Strong Through God’s Strength! under the category, The Cause.
So pervasive now is the generation long open rebellion against God and His Word, the concept of authority is breaking down in our nation with the predictable rise in lawlessness. As the Lord leads me to point out in this edited 2012 Commentary, authority cannot just be eliminated since it originates with the Father and flows out from Him in delegation. In 1 Corinthians 11:3, the apostle Paul declares the divine order for all generations of this mortal age.1 Over nearly forty-one years as a Christian I have heard much teaching and seen enough evidence to conclude that even among professing Christians and their churches God’s order is being cast aside in sync with the world’s rebellion leading to great dysfunction, chaos and ruin especially among families.
Originally Published January 2012
Amid the many spiritually adulterous acts of a growing number of male pastors and teachers in the churches today is rejecting the authority God gave men as the ruling heads of their families. This is not being done because some heretofore-unknown passage of Scripture has come to light or Christ Himself has spoken to any from glory. No, in fact, Scripture is willfully corrupted to bring the teaching of churches into line with the rebel thinking and attitudes of this satanically controlled world system (Psalm 2:1-3). And what is the payoff for this corruption? Success of some kind as it has always been (Luke 4:5-8). For these men it is big and/or full churches, money, power and mortal glory.
Many of these compromising pastors and teachers are convinced that the world's redefined view of men, women and the family is superior to what God instructs in His Word. They also apologize for the fact that men were ever portrayed in the Bible as authority figures in any capacity, but especially over women since this is offensive to them. Hypocritical of all and confusing is to declare that men are to lead their families, but not be considered a boss (an authority figure). This teaching works fine for the feminists that fill churches today, but it wickedly assails the Persons and Word of God while doing nothing to help men really understand their responsibilities as rulers. For if being a boss is evil, what of the Father in Heaven, Jesus as Lord and all the bosses in the world?2
In my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics,3 God is exalted from the Bible as the supreme authority in all of existence (Deuteronomy 4:39, 10:14, 17; Psalm 93:1-2; Isaiah 48:12-13; Daniel 4:1-3, 17). God rules and all other authority is given from God (Romans 13:1)! Within the triunity of God, the Father is Head over His forever family and above all though in concert with divine plans revealed in these last days, He has made the Son, Jesus Christ, Lord (1 Corinthians 8:5-6, 15:20-28; Ephesians 3:14-15, 4:4-6)! Shortly after His bodily resurrection, Christ declared to His awestruck disciples, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth," (Matthew 28:18, NKJV).
We all that love the Lord are waiting for His return to earth in order to rule over it as King! This He will do as the second Adam--the unique God-Man. In so doing, He begins to fulfill the destiny originally given to the first Adam who fell. Adam was to rule over the entire earth in the image and likeness of God and with His delegated authority (Genesis 1:26). In wiring the man physically to rule, God even gave him a deep, commanding voice like His own (Psalm 29:3-4). Under God and with God, a perfect Adam would learn to rule in the excellencies of the nature, character and demeanor of his Creator. However, his willful rebellion corrupted his nature and as history shows, man's ability to rule like God.
Now, Christ has come and shown us the proper way to walk in the delegated authority God has given first to men in this age and eventually all redeemed humanity as we reign with Him in immortal glory for ages to come!4 Indeed, the destiny of born again Christians is to rule with Christ over all the works of God's hands, but not yet (Hebrews 2:5-9). Thus, if men having rule and authority is evil, what is this destiny of doing so with Christ that God has specially prepared for us, His sons (Romans 8:14-25; Revelation 1:3-8, 5:9-10, 20:6)?5 Has God done evil or made a mistake? You are out of your minds that think so condemning yourselves and the women you supposedly care about!
In this present age of mortality, God ordained not only that man should rule the earth, but also orderly multiply and fill it through procreation. Women and marriage are of God's purposeful creation to bring this about (Genesis 1:27-28, 2:18-24). The Father gave order to the marital relationship and men the responsibility to rule over their wives and families in the likeness of His own Headship. This is initially shown by God's deliberate act to create the man first (Genesis 2:7; 1 Timothy 2:12-13). After her evil usurpation and the fall, God directly and clearly instructs the woman she is to be ruled over by her husband in His delegated authority (Genesis 3:16b; Ephesians 5:22-24; 1 Peter 3:1-6).
Let the truth be told. Feminist women hate that men have authority over them from God for the same reason all of us sinners hate authority at all: we are rebels! Yes, sinful men have abused their authority and acted wickedly toward women (and each other) from the fall. However, man's sin does not invalidate God's order and design of men, women, their roles and responsibilities before Him (Romans 13:2). Instead of trashing God and His Word in pandering after women, our compromising pastors and teachers should be seeking men, then teaching both genders respectively how to be strong men and great women of God in the image of Christ! The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 See the July 27, 2014 post, God Of Order under the category, Instruction.
2 Amazingly, these same pastors and teachers that would diminish a man’s standing as the boss of his house, will even in some way harm those they consider are
threatening or usurping their tyrannical rule in their churches where ostensibly Jesus is the Boss and they only stewards under Him! Typically though, the Lord
of His Church has no right now or through His written Word say in such churches and is actually only welcome in Name only.
3 The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics is available through all major internet booksellers, by order from your favorite brick and mortar bookstore and in the
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4 Explore the staggering implications of death’s end and immortality in the aftermath of Christ’s resurrection in a four message Strong Man Of God Audio Series,
Christ’s Resurrection, Death’s End available exclusively in the Strong Man Store.
5 For those that insist femininity will be retained intact after the resurrection and metamorphosis to immortal glory consider this. Scripture does not use any feminine
language to describe the future reign and service of the saints. They are described as “kings and priests,” (Revelation 1:6, 5:10, 20:6, NKJV). Females are not
separated out to be called queens and priestesses. There can be only one plausible reason for this: the Holy Spirit led the New Testament writers to speak of fu-
ture reality as it will be in that Day. Thus, the resurrection and metamorphosis to immortal glory is going to be radical for mortal female Christians since Scripture
declares the sons of God in the image of Christ will be kings and priests to Him! Read my two part post, The Body Beautiful beginning May 18, 2014 and other
posts in June and July 2016 addressing immortality under the category, God’s Creatures.
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