Another clue is found in Jesus’ response to the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection. He said, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures or the power of God. The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage; neither can they die any more, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.” (Matt. 22:29 ff; Luke 20:35 ff) The implication here is that when we are changed into our resurrection bodies we will all, male and female alike, become “sons of God” – “male” like the angels, who are always referred to in Scripture in the male gender. Does this remind you of Adam before he was separated into Adam and Eve? In Luke 3:38 Adam is called the son of God! Don’t forget that because the angels (and we, after the resurrection) won’t die, we will no longer have any need to procreate to perpetuate the species. So rather than calling the angels “male” we might call them “sexless.” Yet Scripture refers to them as male, and I think for good reason.

The differences are far more than physical. The mental / emotional differences are huge. The male “logic” is balanced by the famous female “intuition,” the male “bold initiative” is balanced by the female “cautious investigation,” and so on. We really need each other to be a “balanced” person. It takes a very special gift from God to remain mentally and emotionally balanced without a spouse. Some are called to remain single. God promises to make up the difference for them Himself, so they will not need an earthly spouse. But this is the exception, not the rule given in Genesis 2: 18 & 24.

Then comes the spiritual differences. I believe they are at least as significant as the others. In general (there are many variations) the male has as dominant within him the strong, authoritative, ruling, leading, teaching, guiding, protecting, creating, “Fathering” spirit. The female has as dominant within her the meek, submissive, gentle, nurturing, caring, learning, obeying “Mothering” spirit, as the “weaker vessel.” However, both the man and the woman also have sub-dominant or recessive characteristics of the opposite gender. And all of this is also subject to perversion by the sin nature. We must be careful to be who God made us to be, and not allow these recessive characteristics become dominant.


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