“Helper”

Holding HandsI WILL PROBABLY BE LABELED A HERETIC FOR THIS POST…but what’s new? All I will attempt to suggest here in this post is an allegorical-parallel that can prove to be beneficial, NOT to be taken for or confused as some “New Biblical Doctrine”.
QUESTION: If “manhood” is synonymous to Christ-likeness, then what is “womanhood” synonymous to?

As a man, husband, father, uncle and brother I have the manhood of Christ to model myself after. But what do women have to model themselves after? Men as husbands are to love and lay down their lives for their wives AS CHRIST loved and gave His life for the church, but how are WIVES TO RESPECT their husbands as stated in Ephesians 5:33?

“However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that she RESPECTS and REVERES her husband [[a]that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and [b]that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly].”

Sounds like a wife can do for her husband what this “mystery example” does for Jesus, “He will glorify Me”. [John 16:14] No I am NOT speaking of idolatry, I am speaking of respect in it’s full definition. Before I get ahead of myself, let’s continue.

I do not think women have such a clear picture for themselves as men do. Sure women can use Proverbs to be a “virtuous woman”, Ruth, Esther or Sarah as examples. But I believe I have “someone” better that women can look-up to as a model of “womanhood”. Who can this person be? This person is none other than Holy Spirit. Okay, you can close your mouth now. Yes I did say, “Holy Spirit”.

Here’s why, in the Old Testament God refers to the woman as a “HELPER” for man correct? “

“Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a “HELPER” (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.” —Genesis 2:18 AMP

The word there is “ezer” [strong’s H5826] which means helper, succourer, one who helps, to render aid, it describes the idea of girding, surrounding, defending.

In the New Testament, Holy Spirit or parakletos is used [G3875] which means: helper, called to one’s side, esp. called to one’s aid, one who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessor, in the widest sense, a helper, succourer, aide, assistant.

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another “HELPER”, that He may be with you forever…” —John 14:26

So we can see that God has given and used the same exact “word-definition”, “role” or “job-description” for woman as Holy Spirit. Both words are basically interchangeable because they both mean to come along side to help and support.

So let’s dismiss some objections.

1. I am NOT suggesting that Holy Spirit is a female or feminine in any which way, shape or form. Holy Spirit is SPIRIT, neither male nor female.
2. I am not suggesting that a woman is in any way inferior to man because she is a helper. Notice that God is our “Helper” and that does not make Him inferior to us. Neither am I suggesting that a woman is above or more Christ-like than men. Notice that both “ezer” and “parakletos” comes alongside to help and aid NOT lord or subjugate.
3. I am not saying that the woman is the Holy Spirit. But she can be a similar helper, supporter, encourager, one that comes alongside to aid, an intercessor and wise counsel for her husband as described above in Ephesians 5:33.

My point simply is that as a woman, if you’ve been or are looking who to model your life after as far as your nature, characteristics, personality, etc. and all you’re finding is “Oprah”; then Holy Spirit is for you. God designed and created woman to be a “HELPER” for man. In the same way that Holy Spirit is here to be a “HELPER” for us all. The similarities are so striking that if I were a woman; then there would be no other Person I would passionately strive to be like than Holy Spirit.

So before you [and by you I mean male or female] get your “theological panties” all in a bunch, take some time to think about what I’ve suggested. It may just be that the perfect model you’ve been searching for so long has always been right in front of your face and in your life all along. Again, this is an allegorical-parallel NOT to be confused as a Biblical-Doctrine.

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6 Responses to ““Helper””
  1. Sean Durity says:

    My wife has the “convict the world of sin” part down pat! Just kidding. I do think there are some useful examples here. In reality, it is when I miss that my wife is trying to come along and help that causes me grief. I expect it is the same with the Spirit…

    • noizeology says:

      Lol…thanks for taking the time to read and respond. I pray your marriage continues to mature in love.

      • Sean Durity says:

        20 year anniversary in October. What a ride! Marriage is not for wimps, but it is one of God’s best gifts to us.

      • noizeology says:

        20 years? Congratulations! Not many marriages can say that in today’s “uncommitted” culture. WOW! Again, congratulations and thank you for choosing to honor God and each other in your marriage. And yes, you are absolutely correct, marriage is for the courageous and bold, NOT wimps 🙂

  2. i’m not offended by this at all.. in fact i think you are on to something. Ironically, (or is it heaven’s timing?) before happening upon your site quite randomly (or serendipitously) today, i recently listened to an amazing teaching on the Proverbs 31 woman by Dr. Frank Seekins. i found it to be such a blessing i’d like to share it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vYQqYFQVFQ .. In the same vein as you’ve tapped into, he also expounds on the true essence of “helper” and how it is not likened to a servant (is the Holy Spirit your servant?) but rather to someone who comes to ones aid. Very interesting indeed! 🙂

    peace to all. Glory to Yah!

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