The Means, Mandates, And Motivation Of Biblical Womanhood (Titus 2:4-5)1 -- By: Eric M. Schumacher
JBMW 14:2 (Fall 2009) p. 51
The Means, Mandates, And Motivation Of Biblical Womanhood (Titus 2:4-5)1
Senior Pastor, Northbrook Baptist Church
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sitting in a hospital waiting room, I came across a copy of Forbes magazine containing their 2007 list of the “100 Most Powerful Women.” I read a summary of what made each woman “powerful.” Many of the women were presidents, chairmen and CEO’s of large companies, or held political offices. None of these women, however, was noted for being a wife or a mother. Several of them likely were—but they were not noted as “powerful” or “influential” for that reason.
None of them was commended for possessing the qualities listed in Titus 2. Not one was commended for her reverence, love for her husband and children, purity, kindness, or for working at home and being submissive to her husband.
The world’s picture of what makes a woman significant is much different from the picture painted by scripture. If we are not careful as Christians, our minds will slowly be conformed to this world and not, as Paul writes in Rom 12:2, “transformed by the renewal of our minds” so that we may discern what God approves.
God is the one who created women, wives, and mothers. Therefore, he is the one who defines what they ought to be. His opinion is the one that ought to matter to us—even if it offends and confuses the world.
The Means Of Biblical Womanhood
In Titus 2:3-5, Paul calls for the older Christian women to instruct the younger Christian women in how to live.
These verses are instruction for all Christian women about Christian womanhood. We discuss them on Mother’s Day because biblical motherhood cannot be divorced from biblical womanhood.
Being a biblical mother, wife, and woman is not a matter of evolutionary instinct. Biblical womanhood is developed through the means of biblical teaching and training. It is not something that you grow up “just knowing.” It is something that you are trained in by those who have gone before you. If this training is not provided, then it is likely we will fail to be what God calls us to be.
Training in womanhood begins with the church and its doctrine. Christian instruction does not begin with what you ought to do, but with what you ought to believe. Nevertheless, sound doctrine will always move into what our lives should look like. The gospel trains us in how to live. A mind full of the gospel should resul...
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