Gender and the ‘After Life’

We have said that we will share about ‘women’ in The Word. In the ‘after-life’ here on Earth, there is Essence, who you truly are. Emotions exist, hence joy, satisfaction, being filled with God’s Spirit…I could go on. But gender does not exist after life. What you are, who you truly are is all you have. We may have all we need in this life. What do we have after this? It IS amazing that ‘sexless’ beings exist in the after life. We are mistaken to describe Satan as a he! Is he not described as beauty defined? Lucifer is translated from the Hebrew word “helel,” which means brightness. This designation, referring to Lucifer, is the rendering of the “morning star” or “star of the morning” or “bright star” which is presented in Isaiah. “How you are fallen from Heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly on the heights of Zaphon; I will ascend to the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High.’” Isaiah 14:12-14

As stated, male/female virtues are described in all Heavenly host. Remember, Man was made in His image. Woman was the Earthly ‘duplicate’ of Man. Different because in Seasons on Earth all was perfected before the establishment of Mankind. If we look at the stages of creation, Man was the final creation. We are aware, from His-story, that some laid eggs, others bore infants in birth. All was perfected before Man. We are in the Earthly form of the Creator, able to reproduce. Angels are spoken into being. Theirs is an eternal existence. Angels are created with one purpose…service, to serve as created. In Heaven, there is NO gender.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_of_God
We can see in the case of Angels:
https://www.compellingtruth.org/amp/angels-male-female.html

So, sharing this I hope I have led to the explanation of what we will be after our existence in this plane. But to respect requests, I will share the His-story’cal definitions of females. We must remember that in Genesis, different roles were assigned to God’s creations.

Genesis 1-3 sets the tone for God’s purpose for male and female, and, perhaps more specifically, husband and wife relationships. The account begins with forming both man and woman in the image of God: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them.” This fact automatically separates men and women from the rest of the created life forms as unique and special, and assigns both male and female human beings a certain kind of dignity and value that is not given to the rest of the things God made. In value, men and women are equal on the grounds that they are image bearers of God.
With the question of equality of value being settled in Genesis 1, this is not to say that it is God’s design that men and women have no distinction in roles. In fact, the portrait given us in Genesis 2:17-25 is very much that of a man who was in need of a companion to complete him. Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. God made for man a woman as a helpmate, someone who would meet his needs and he would meet hers. This is a complimentarian view of the male/female relationship that says while men and women are equally valuable (fully deserving of dignity and respect), they are designed with complimentary purposes so that they might fulfill what the other lacks. Seen in this light, it should be understood that neither men nor women are superior to the other because we mutually benefit from the other sex by God’s design and purpose.

The Evangelical Feminist (i.e. Egalitarian) view argues that in Genesis 3, when the fall occurs, sin causes a distinction in the roles of men and women that was not previously there. In other words, in the Evangelical Feminists view, prior to the fall man and woman shared total equality not only in value but in roles also. The fall, then, is considered the culprit of why today so many people see women as inferior to men and, in the feminists view, Jesus Christ came to redeem what has been lost at the fall and restore women to equality with men in every way (e.g., women can now be pastors and equally the spiritual head of the home, etc.). However, it does not seem to be immediately obvious that the fall is what brought about gender distinctions. Consider the following from Genesis 3:16 where God is describing the curse of sin and its effect on the relationship between men and women (husband and wife). “To the woman he said, ‘I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’” [3] Particularly we look at the statement, “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” This, the Evangelical Feminist would say, is where gender differentiation comes from, the curse of sin. When God pronounced this judgment due to sin it was then that women started to be deemed different from men. But is this really as clear as they make it to be?

It seems preferable, in light of the rest of what Scripture has to say on the subject of men and women, that what God has described here is how gender roles (that already existed) would now be strained and abused due to the curse of sin rather than to say that gender roles were created because of sin. This is apparent in light of Ephesians 5:22-33: “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

It is no small thing that Paul uses the differentiation in gender roles and the relationship between men and women (husbands and wives) as the portrait of the relationship between Christ and His church! The teaching of the Apostle Paul, God breathed Scripture (written after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ no less), does not seem to make any attempt to get rid of gender roles in the church or in the home. In fact, the roles of men and women are reinforced and compared to Christ and His church!

To state as promised, some of the roles of women, having touched on the role of Mary-Mother of Jesus, knowing that the lineage of David was in Jesus’ stepfather. We read that: In Persia (Babylon), there was a king named Achashveyrosh (as known in Jewish… His Persian name was Xerxes) and a queen named Vashti. King Achashveyrosh ordered his wife the queen to appear before him at a party so he could show everyone how pretty she was. When she refused, the king was furious.
To make matters worse, a rather nasty man named Haman was one of the King’s advisors. Haman teased the king that if word got around, no one’s wife would think she had to listen to her husband. At Haman’s urging, King Achashveyrosh ordered that his wife be put to death. King Achashveyrosh wasn’t happy for long without a queen, so he ordered a search through the kingdom for a beautiful girl to be his bride. It wasn’t too long before the King’s scouts happened upon Esther. Esther was beautiful, gracious and kind — just what the king was looking for. In no time at all, Esther was married to the king. Now Esther was a Jew. The Jews had been driven out of Israel, their home, about 70 years before and exiled in Persia. Although they did there best to make a living in this strange land, they prayed that someday they would be able to return to their home. Esther’s uncle Mordechai, was the leader of the Jews. Mordechai encouraged Esther to hide her faith from the King and his advisors, which she did. Haman had, by this time, become a powerful man in the kingdom – Prime Minister of Persia in fact. He decided that given his rise in power, it would be appropriate for everyone to bow down to him. But Mordechai refused to bow down to him. Haman was very angry and asked the King to authorize a royal decree to annihilate the Jews.

Haman cast lots to determine the day this was to happen. And so it was decreed that in Adar of the coming year, on the 13th day of the month, all the Jews were to be killed, in every province and every nation of the land. There would be no place to run, and no place to hide. This is where our brave Queen Esther comes into the picture — Mordechai, having found out about Haman’s evil intentions, sent Esther a message. He told her what Haman was plotting and asked her to go to the King on the Jews behalf. Esther was afraid. She hadn’t been allowed to see the King for a month. In fact, no one could see him without being invited. But she fasted and prayed for three days, mustered up her courage and went to see the king. Although he was initially angry at her, King Achashveyrosh spared her life and offered “half my kingdom for your wishes,”
All she asked was that the King and Haman join her for dinner that night. As they were drinking wine, the king again asked Esther, “Now what is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.” Esther replied, “My petition and my request is this: If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.” Of course, both the King and Haman agreed to attend a second banquet with the lovely young Queen. Haman was very pleased that he’d been asked to dine with Achashveyrosh and Esther two nights in a row and was filled with pride. But then he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and still Mordecai refused to bow to him. Haman was filled with rage. He decided that night to build a gallows with which to hang Mordechai and planned to speak to the king about it the very next morning. That way, he’d have the whole matter dealt with during the day and be able to enjoy the next evening’s banquet in peace. That same night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. The book was turned to the day Mordecai exposed a plot to assassinate the King. The King was reminded of this tale and asked what reward Mordecai had received. The king’s attendants told him that nothing had been done for Mordecai.
The next morning, just as Haman was arriving to ask that Mordecai be hanged the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?” Haman, still filled with pride, mistakenly thought the king was referring to him. So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him,`This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!'”

Imagine Haman’s shock when the King commanded, “Go at once. Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate.” Haman obeyed the king, of course, but not happily! He was very upset that Mordecai, his enemy, was being honored by the king. Immediately after leading Mordecai around the city proclaiming, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”, Haman had to go to the banquet with the King and Queen. Finally Esther shared the secret of her faith and proclaimed herself a Jew. She begged the king to spare her people. Harbona, one of the king’s attendants told the king of the gallows that Haman had built to have Mordecai hanged. The king was furious with Haman and ordered that he be hanged on those gallows. Haman’s pride and cruelty had led to his own destruction and the brave, young Esther had saved her people.

What God has planned, no one or essence ANYWHERE can put a stop to, Amen.

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  1. Though women led to the downfall of mankind, God was and is still able to use us for His Glory, through our relationship with Him and through our husbands. As our husbands submit to God, we then submit to them and through that act receive God’s blessings from him to us. Amen!!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽

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