“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)
The Basket Case Chronicles #123
“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” (1 Cor. 11:3).
However devoutly some people might wish it, Scripture cannot be made to fit with the dogmas of modern feminism. At some point in the attempts at reconciliation, the thought should come to mind that we ought not to waver between two opinions. If Baal is God, follow Him. If Yahweh is God, follow Him.
This is one of the passages that moderns deem an embarrassment. But it says what it says regardless, and if we are Christians, our task is to understand what it is saying, and to conform our lives to it.
Paul begins by saying “I would have you know.” He does not say that this is a topic that would be best left unsaid. This is something worth knowing, and it is something that we can know. He tells us that in the ordinances of the church (which he delivered to the Corinthians, v. 2), there is an ascending hierarchy. Paul goes in the order of man and Christ, then woman and man, and then Christ and God. God is the head of Christ, Christ is the head of every man, and each man is the head of each woman.
It is worth noting here several things that it does not say. It does not say that the head of every woman is every man. The head of the woman is the man, presupposing here the marriage relationship. Neither is it talking about (in this place) about the headship of Christ over the corporate church. He does teach that in another place (Eph. 5:23), but not here.
The language is quite striking. He says that Christ is the head of every man. If we didn’t know better, we might be tempted to say that this sounds a bit individualistic. But the Pauline doctrine is not simply that Christ is the head of the corporate bride, the Church, but that He is also the head of every man. This might be enough to make a theologian’s head explode, but our task here is simply to repeat what the apostle says. If we look ahead, we see that this ascending hierarchy of headship is the foundation for the instructions that Paul is about to give—on public prayer and prophesy, on head coverings, and on appropriate demeanor in the Lord’s Supper.