The Helpful

One of the strongest Biblical arguments for the holiness of roles between man and woman has been and continues to be today the roles within the Trinity. Roles are part of the Trinity, therefore, roles are not bad but good. The Trinity also is shared by co-equal Persons. This is why we can confidently say roles are not determined on “ability” or “value”. One role that women typically don’t like hearing is that of being “submissive”. Most Christians are quick to point out that Christ Himself submitted to the Fathers will (see the entire book of John) and was not ashamed or offended by that submissive role. To Christians, a role of submission is not insulting or demeaning and is certainly not a reflection of a lesser value of the one submitting.

In the same way, many women are offended by Gen. 2: 18. Eve is given a purpose and role different from Adam. She is said to be a “helper”. And a suitable one at that. The word “helper” often seems demeaning and insulting. Let us look, however, at John 14:26:

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

The Holy Spirit, the third member of the Holy Trinity, co-equal and co-eternal to all the Members of GOD, is called a Helper. He helps Jesus and the Father and us. The Spirit is not offended by this title, and this role is certainly not pity-role with no real value or significance. He is vitally important. 

A submissive woman who serves as a helper to her husband embodies two crucial characteristics that two Members of the Trinity embody and it is a holy, powerful and beautiful thing. 

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