Women and Angels
The relationship between a woman and a man symbolizes the relationship between the church (true body of believers) and Christ. The first is designed to teach us about the second. It illustrates in a physical context the spiritual aspects of our relationship with Christ like unity and oneness, different yet complementary roles, respect, love, mercy, and so on. Ephesians 5:23
I have been seeking the underling truth of 1 Corinthians 11, specifically verse 10 for some time. I feel like I am finally getting somewhere, thanks to the Spirit of course. To understand any of that chapter, you have to replace women with church and men with Christ. So before I jump to the verse in question, vs 10, I am going to work through a couple of verses so you can see how I ended up where I did with that particular verse.
In verse 3 we learn the head of a woman is man and the head of a man is Christ – decoding it we learn the head or authority of the church is Christ.
In verse 4-7, a woman’s head being covered symbolizes the church being covered in Christ’s righteousness. A man’s head, which represents Christ, isn’t covered because Christ is righteousness.
In verse 7, you can now understand why women are the glory of man because they represent the church and why men are the glory of God because they represent Christ. See how this works? You have to use the symbolism to unlock the spiritual truths.
Then we come to verse 10. What confused me for years was the statement, because of the angels. It seemed to come out of nowhere and not make much sense. Why do women or the church need an authority (Christ) over her because of the angels who are God’s messengers and ministers in the spiritual realm?
1 Corinthians 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power (authority) on her head because of the angels.
Looking at other verses that talk about angels, we learn that their role is to carry out God’s work. They are the reapers, the ones who gather the elect, and carry out God’s plans of judgment and deliverance.
Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
When the angels do their work like gather the elect, how do they know who to gather? They know by the authority on their heads, in other words, those who have Christ as their Lord. This idea of having an authority on the head is similar to being sealed that is talked about in The Revelation Chapter 7. Sealing is simply instilling the truth in someone’s mind determining what they believe. Sealing the tribes is showing them the truth so that they believe in Christ as their Lord and Savior. Once they are sealed they are covered in Christ’s righteousness they are saved from God’s wrath, which is administered by the angels. Sealing, marking, and having an authority on our heads all share a similar meaning.
The way the angels are going to know to gather you to Christ is if He is your Lord. Therefore the women (church) require an authority (Christ as Lord) on her head so that when the time comes the angels will gather them to Christ.
Now there are probably more layers of truth to this passage, but I think this is one.
April 20, 2008 at 12:18 pm
Hmmm…I can’t think that I’d ever read the part about angels in that passage before. 🙂 Funny how that happens. Like you said, I’m sure there are many layers of truth to the passage. I wish I had more time to study!
November 3, 2009 at 3:04 pm
That is beautiful and certainly does direct us to Christ. A book that may help you with angels is the book of Enoch. You can find it online. Most religions refuse to add it to the scriptures, but from what I have heard it is right on target and explains about spiritual warfare that helps us understand a lot about verses that don’t seem to have any other verses that coincide with it.
http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/ethiopian/enoch/index.html I haven’t read it all the way through yet, but am working on it.
November 3, 2009 at 5:04 pm
Lisa, thanks for your comments! And the recommendation. I’ll check it out.