In John 17:20-23, Jesus prayed that those who would believe through the message of the disciples would be one, as He and the Father are one. There is a division in the local church and the Global church when it comes to women's roles in both. As followers of Jesus Christ, as His disciples commanded to go, to make more disciples, and to teach everything He taught us, unity with each other is of the utmost importance. It is through our love for one another, Jesus tells us, that others will know that we are His disciples (Jn. 13:35).
The Apostle Paul’s statements in 1 Timothy 2:11-15 and 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 have been the basis for this division for some time. Most likely, that will not change. However, that is no reason not to try and bridge the divide. This article looks at both Complementarian and Egalitarian views of both Scriptures. It considers the Genesis account of creation and the fall. Finally, it considers the treatment of women by Paul and Jesus throughout Scripture. Throughout, one can see the essential aspects of the situational context and the historical context in which the two Scriptures are written.
A goal of this article is first to shed light on the controversy surrounding these two Scriptures offered by Paul, in helping determine the proper interpretation of the Scriptures, because one must look at Scripture as a whole to interpret its parts rightly. It also provides suggestions for living in the “now” and “not yet,” of waiting on Jesus Christ’s return, in which He will make all things new and all things as they should be. But the ultimate goal of this article is to help heal the division that mars the beauty of the bride of Christ.