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Introduction

"All who call upon or appeal to God to forgive them of their sins by their obedience through the act of immersion {báptisma transliterated as baptism} into Christ death are reconciled to Him (1 Peter 3:21)." -- "For in Christ Jesus you are all sons 1 of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:26-28 RSV). God is not partial whether man or woman, Jew or Gentile, slave or free; all are equal (Acts 10:34). All are priests to serve God (Revelation 5:10).

Are there any restrictions on priests in the performance of their priestly function? Yes. Since all are priest, the function for pastors, also called elders and overseers, 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, are for married men. But not all married men are to be pastors. Some Christian servants having special qualifications, {transliterated from diakónois as deacons rather than servants its more common translation} are restricted to married men. But all functions are just as important, necessary, essential and indispensible whether performed by man or woman.

In 1 Corinthians Paul gives the Corinthian Christians men and women some instructions in order that all may be encouraged.
° always seek the other persons well being - 10:24
° whatever you do glorify God - 10:31
° women do not dishonor your head - 11:4
° do not treat the poor as inferior Christian - 11:20
° do not treat the rich with more honor or respect than the poor
° don't consider your spiritual gift more important than others -12:
° Love is the most important - it last forever. - 13:
° Avoid confusion, encourage and give respect to one another, honor God and those having responsibility for your wellbeing. - 14:

Footnote
1 "Sons" is used here in a general sense referring to all mankind. It is translated as children in other places and as children in a few translations. huios, huiou, (NT:5207) - a son. - 1. properly, a) rarely of the young of animals: Matthew 21:5; b) in a wider sense a descendant, one of the posterity of anyone: tinos, Matthew 1:20. 2. tropically and according to the Hebrew mode of speech huios with the genitive of a person is used of one who depends on another or is his follower: (Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database, Biblesoft.)

 


    Definition of Critical Words

    Women Identified by Name

    Women by Inclusion

    Women's Activity and Attitude

    Conclusion

 Appendices

    Role of Women in Ancient Rome

    Role of Women in Ancient Greece

    Ekklessia - The Called Out Ones

    Women's Dress and Head Covering

    Legal Rights of Women in Roman Times

    Roman Hairstyle

    Athenian Men's Regard of Women