The Order of Creation and the Pastoral Office

July 21, 2021 Rev. Jonathan Petzold and Christa Petzold

This blog post is adapted from Male & Female: Embracing Your Role in God’s Design

The order of creation and the unique relationship between head and helper in marriage intersects significantly with the theology of the pastoral office. If the pastoral office is a gift given by Christ to His Bride, the Church, how do we know from Scripture that it should be filled only by men and not by women as well? This goes back to Genesis and the institution of marriage, and it also draws on Ephesians 5 and the way in which marriage is a picture of Christ and the Church.

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