Why is the Church represented as a woman?

Nov 21st, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

Why is the Church represented as a woman?

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (Eph 5:23-24)

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  (Col 1:18)

These scriptures I think sum it up the best. Jesus being male is to unite the church to himself. When the Church is united with their head, they become one, and that one is Jesus. When the church is spoken of alone or before the marriage it is shown as the woman. The Bible uses illustrations and this is the best one that describes the relationship of Jesus and his Church, as well as God’s relationship with Israel.

Conversely we see an apostate church who has assumed the role of Jesus the King, without being wed to him, in a male form, as the Man of Sin. Although it is sometimes identified as a woman, but always as a harlot or Jezebel.

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