It has occurred to me for quite some time that when it comes to a theology of the sexes we need to connect with the gospel. I’m not talking about the analogy of man and wife being Christ and the Church. That is not enough to strengthen the hand of the Church now ‘the foundations are being destroyed’.
The commitment to patriarchy based on the Fatherhood of God is awesome and essential, but that is not enough, either. Too many men on the internet champion masculinity and femininity without referencing Jesus’ death and resurrection. That is a problem.
We can add a third prong that recognises the sexes as integral to how we are saved.
(You may recognise this from a previous comment when discussing 1 Cor 11:2-16.)
Simply put, men are saved because Jesus the man shared their nature and became the head man; women are saved because they are of the same nature as man by virtue of being created from man and for man. It is because man is head of woman that Christ the man is the head of woman in salvation.
And while we can say if man was not head of woman, women would not be saved, we can also say if woman did not give birth to man, men would not be saved. (1 Cor 11:11-12).
So, while both men and women are connected directly to Christ the head, they are connected according to their sex. The duality and order of the sexes is written into and essential to salvation and therefore elevates the doctrine of the sexes because it directly concerns the mechanics of salvation.
I’ve never seen this understanding discussed anywhere else. So tell me: am I theologically on point or heading into heresy? And if I’m on point, is it as useful as I think it could be?