Bruce Ware and A Complementarian Vision of Creation
The contents of his sermon gave 10 reasons for affirming male-headship in the created order as seen in Genesis 1-3. Here are the ten reasons:
- The order of creation, with the man created first, indicates God’s design of male headship in the male/female relationship. See Paul’s interpretation in 1 Timothy 2:13.
- The means of the woman’s creation as “out of” or “from” the man bears testimony also to the headship of the the male in the relationship. See Paul’s interpretation of 1 Cor. 11:8.
- While both man and woman are fully the image of God, yet the woman’s humanity as “image of God’ is established as she comes from the man. See Paul’s interpretation of I Cor. 11:7.
- The woman was created for the man’s sake or to be Adam’s helper (Gen. 2:18, 20). See Paul’s interpretation of I Cor. 11:9-11.
- Man (not woman) was given God’s moral commandment in the garden; and the woman learned God’s moral command from the man.
- Man named the woman both before and after the entrance of sin.
- Satan approached the woman (not the man) in the temptation, usurping God’s design of male-headship. See Paul’s interpretation of I Tim. 2:14).
- Although the woman sinned first, God comes to the man first, holding him (not her) primarily responsible for their sin. Interesting implications for Paul’s interpretation of Romans 5:12-19 & I Cor. 15:22.
- The curse on the man and woman indicate the fundamental purposes for which each were created, respectively (Gen. 3:16-19).
- The Trinity’s equality and distinction of Persons is mirrored in male-female equality and distinction.