first formed

1 Timothy 2:13

2:13 first formed. The intended leadership role for men in the basic institutions of the home and church dates from the creation itself. That is, Eve was formed from Adam’s side, to be “an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18). This is not an invention of the supposedly anti-feminist apostle, as some have alleged, but the stipulation of God Himself, even before the entrance of sin and the curse into the world. This in no way means that man is superior to woman in God’s sight, for both were created “in the image of God” (Genesis 1:27), and both are “one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Each, however, was created for a distinctive role and purpose, and neither is truly fulfilled apart from that.

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