Our Father is Supreme
"When he prepared the heavens, I was present with him.... and when he strengthened the foundations of the earth: I was by him, suiting myself to him, was that wherein he took delight; and daily I rejoiced in his presence continually." (Proverbs 8:27-30)
While the Father created, She gave life to all his creation (Genesis 1:1-2). Jesus called himself the Father's son, whom we know as the Son of God, the second Person of the Trinity. Being son, he, therefore, proceeds from the Father, even though we hold that he is equal to the Father and Sophia, his Mother, the Holy Spirit. Another mystery.
The Holy Spirit, Sophia, and the Son, proceed from the Father. Yet, the Father did not give himself existence (life) because the giving of life belongs to Sophia, the Mother. In some way, the Holy Spirit had to be responsible for the 'life' of the Father. So, even though both never had a beginning, the Father in some way was before Sophia. The same is with the Son. He proceeds from the Father and Sophia, but at the same time always existed with them as well. The difference here is that which exists between the male and female principle.
Genesis says that we are made to their image, male and female they made us. In our human existence, as in the Divine, a male can create, but only the female can bestow form and life upon that creation. A man produces the seed, and the woman gives the form and life to a child. A man creates a house, but only a woman turns it into a home. The father is first, and then the mother. So in the same way we are made to their image and likeness.
This means that, as men and women, we need to allow as much of their likeness be between us as is between Them. Just as the Father and Mother of God are one, just as neither lords it over the other, so also among us a husband and wife are one, and neither is to dominate over the other, even though the Father/father is first. Is this not what Paul was referring to in Ephesians 5:22-33 where he says:
Wives should be submissive to their husbands as if to the Lord because the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of his body the church, as well as its savior. As the church submits to Christ, so wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
"'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cling to his wife, and the two shall be made into one.'
"This is a great foreshadowing; I mean that it refers to Christ and the Church."
His words will always be harsh and difficult for women to accept, unless we men keep constantly before our eyes the whole aspect of being made to the image and likeness of the Father.
In general, we men, as husbands, fathers, as church, society and business leaders, have not lived up to the fullness of this likeness to the Father. We have clinged to our being first with harsh and cruel tenacity, creating terrible suffering and rebellion among our wives, children and even other men. It is my hope and desire that the articles on these web pages, which show how I have worked through my own hurts and anger towards my father, and my Heavenly Father, and the wonderful results of true manhood that have come to me, others will be inspired to walk the same path, searching for the same goal.
I believe that once we men are healed, our wives, women and children will automatically start on the path of healing as well. The new seed that we plant will be enfleshed with love, peace, gentleness and compassion, and that seed will grow within the woman so well that she will bring forth a whole new person. This is not too farfetched if we remember how our evil selfishness has hurt them. If our evil could produce so much harm, then what will our good do? Good will always outdo evil.
The solution to our problem, then, as I see it, is not in
abdicating our place as first and 'supreme.' Rather, it lies in finding
in our Heavenly Dad the healing we need, so that we can imitate Him in all
aspects of his relationships to Sophia and Jesus. May this year of 1999
that is dedicated to our Heavenly Father produce these wonderful results in all
of us. Amen!