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Should the Veiling of Christian Women be Practiced all the Time?

Index

  1. The covering, the power (authority) of God is upon her
  2. The covering, a testimony to the authority of Christ over the Christian woman
  3. The covering, a testimony to the grace of God
  4. The covering, a testimony to God’s blood covering
  5. The covering, a testimony to God’s order in creation
  6. The veiling of the married woman affects her husband
  7. The veiled Christian woman testifies to her separation from the world; uniting with God
  8. The veiled Christian woman rebukes the serpent’s deception

Preface

The present day culture in Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, Protestantism and independent churches in general, has done much to support the enemies’ work in undermining God’s primary government on the earth. That government is a marriage between a man and a woman that functions according to God’s word. Divorce is rampant throughout Christendom because of the rejection of Scripture in western countries. Many marriage counselors have said that there is more divorce in the church than outside the church. The Holy Spirit’s teaching on the veiling of the woman (as instructed in Scripture) is called culture by most of Christendom (in USA). Thus men have brought in the world’s culture (the spirit of darkness, the devil’s doctrine) and replaced the word of God with their own doctrines (the doctrines of men). The rebuke of Jesus to the Pharisees for doing this is seen in Mark 7:6-13.

This booklet will help those who are untaught, undecided or perhaps just weak in faith, to find and follow leaders who have not fallen into the world’s culture or a humanist religion. The believer is called upon to trust in and faithfully follow God’s word. This is the only path which allows a believer to walk in truth and righteousness. Where God’s word is honored, the divorce rate is drastically reduced.

For the Christian whose only desire is to follow the Lord Jesus according to everything He has told us, the Bible reveals the whole and complete counsel of God. The Bible does not teach culture, philosophy, or man’s religion. This booklet will help the honest seeker to follow truth as presented in God’s word.

God’s truth is like hidden gold; it can only benefit the one who finds it, takes hold of it and lives in the richness of its blessing.

Definitions

W. E. Vine Greek word meanings: Katakalupto = veiled 1 Cor 11:5 Peribolatiaon = covering, veil, mantle or cloak 1 Cor 11:15

The passage in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 which forms the foundation for the lessons in this booklet, does not speak of covering the face, only the head or hair (W. E. Vine, Expository Dictionary).

Authority of veiling 1 Cor 11:10 “A token of the authority under which she stands” (New Translation, John Nelson Darby)

The woman’s long hair (long hair in comparison to men’s hair) is given to her for a covering (1 Corinthians 11:15). This covering is given by God to the woman in His creation of her (verse 15); it is her glory in nature. It is given to every woman born on the earth, Christian or non-Christian. The Holy Spirit has used this verse to show that her glory in nature is to be covered when she prays or prophesies (to prophesy, is simply to reveal the mind of the Lord) (1 Corinthians 11:5). Why? It is clear that her glory (her hair, her natural covering) is to be covered (veiled) in the presence and glory of God (when she prays or prophesies). Her glory is to be submitted to the superior glory, God’s glory.

1. The covering, the power (authority) of God is upon her

The Holy Spirit teaches that a man is not to cover the head when he is praying or prophesying (1 Corinthians 11:4, 7). Is this just for church gatherings or is he to practice this in his daily walk? The answer is found in this question; how many men are seen with their hat on while praying or prophesying (praying, teaching, preaching, making known the truths in Scripture or counseling in God’s word)? The answer to this question is – none (where the Holy Spirit’s teaching on this subject in Scripture is honored). However, equally true, Scripture teaches the Christian woman is to be covered (veiled) when praying or prophesying (1 Corinthians 11:5). It is evident when the command of Scripture for the man is in every place acknowledged by all, so the command for the woman as well is in every place. But should she be veiled all the time? In this booklet a few answers are presented in what the Holy Spirit has instructed for her veiling.

The Holy Spirit teaches in Scripture that a Christian woman who is veiled has the power or authority of God upon her. When she is veiled, she is prophesying to men and angels of the redemptive power of God (1 Corinthians 11:10). We read of angels learning from men in Daniel 4:13, 17; Ecclesiastes 5:6; Ephesians 3:10; and 1 Peter 1:11-12). We also learn by testimony of the saints that not only angels but men learn as well (1 Corinthians 4:9). Angels learn from the saints because they cannot experience redemption; men learn as they observe the way of redemption and the kingdom of God in the saints.

The Christian woman’s veiling is living prophesy to God’s kingdom seen in His saints. Christian women, who are veiled, walk in God’s order, showing the power and approval of His governmental order for His saints. God’s approval is seen in the Christian woman as she walks and lives with and under His authority (1 Corinthians 11:10).

The saints of God are told to pray always and without ceasing (Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17). The woman’s pathway of faith is practiced in this command and it is seen in her veiling. It is clear then, the woman is to be covered and man is to be uncovered, as the Holy Spirit has instructed in Scripture.

2. The covering, a testimony to the authority of Christ over the Christian woman

The veil is seen before all men as the outward evidence of God’s authority over the Christian woman. The veil shows her agreement with God’s order of authority for mankind on the earth. Scripture shows the government of God is in this order: God, Christ, man, woman (1 Corinthians 11:3).

The veiled Christian woman testifies that what was lost through the first Adam has been regained through the second Adam (Christ) (1 Corinthians 15:22, 45). The second Adam regained dominion over the power of death and darkness (Ephesians 4:8). The kingdom of Christ in this victory is displayed in the Christian woman’s veiling. She shows before all people she no longer follows the first Adam (her nature) but follows only the second Adam (her new nature in Christ), the risen Christ.

3. The Covering, a testimony to the grace of God

The Holy Spirit has given the testimony of the veiling of Christian women as an outward testimony of God’s grace that has come into the world. Scripture tells the Christian to let the light of God’s grace and truth be seen before all men (Matthew 5:16). This testimony of the woman’s veiling is the fragrance of Christ, an aroma of life to those who are being saved (2 Corinthians. 2:14-15); and an aroma of death to those who believe not (2 Corinthians 2:16). The Christian is an epistle, read of all men (2 Corinthians 3:2); this is especially true in the woman’s veiling. She gives, in type, a clear and concise picture of the humility of Christ who forsook the world to hear and follow only His Father’s voice.

The Christian woman veiled, testifies to all mankind that the lordship of Christ rules over her. The veiling outwardly shows that she is in Christ and her life is with Him and in Him, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). The veiling gives a continual testimony and answer to the hope of Christ that is in the woman’s heart (1 Peter 3:15).

4. The covering, a testimony to God’s blood covering

God gave the first blood covering in the garden. It was to cover the sin of Adam and his wife (Genesis. 3:21). Today every Christian has been covered by the blood of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:20; Revelation 1:5-6). The outward testimony of the woman’s covering is a type, which shows the blood covering of Jesus Christ.

Scripture teaches us that love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). The Christian woman’s covering is a constant reminder of the love of Christ, pouring out and covering us with his life’s blood (Hebrews. 13:12; Revelation 1:5). Furthermore, the woman’s covering is a testimony before all men of Christ’s sacrifice; God’s blood covering for the sins of the world for all who will receive Him (1 John 2:2).

5. The covering, a testimony to God’s order in creation

Scripture and reality show us that the creation on this planet is corrupt, in chaos and futile; all of which came through the woman and Adam (Romans. 8:20-22). The Christian woman’s veiling is a constant testimony before all people to the first fruits of the Spirit. (Romans 8:23). It is a clear testimony of God’s order in this present world, to the kingdom of Christ, and to the coming Millennial Kingdom.

The devil’s victory, in deceiving the woman to partake of his kingdom of darkness, is up-seated by the woman’s willingness to be constantly veiled. Her veiling is a prophesy to the principalities that Christ Jesus has risen from the grave. It also shows Christ’s victory as the second Adam, who has brought the saints to obedience to Himself and away from their former life in the kingdom of darkness (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). The veiled woman is clear evidence to Satan’s dark powers that she is subject to Christ’s lordship.

God’s original order in creation is seen as restored, before men and angels, through the women’s veiling. The order is: God, Christ, man, woman (1 Corinthians 11:3).

The woman’s veiling brings God’s governmental order to His people. Because the woman came from man (was taken out of the man), she reflects the glory of man, whereas man reflects the glory of God (1 Corinthians 11:7-8).

6. The veiling of the married woman affects her husband

The authority of God is upon the woman who is veiled (1 Corinthians 11:10). Her submission to the word of God brings the power (authority) of God into her marriage. Where the husband fails, Scripture tells us the veiled wife functions in the power of God (1 Corinthians 11:10) for his help, and in some cases his deliverance (1 Corinthians 7:12- 16; Proverbs 31).

Again, one may ask, should she be veiled all the time? Scripture makes clear that when she is veiled, she has the power and authority of God upon her (1 Corinthians 11:10).

The veiled woman emits the authority of God to angels, her husband, children and all people. This spiritual position of God’s design brings her to the place of the woman in Proverbs 31. It is a place of submission to God first, and then servant-hood to her husband, children and others.

Scripture teaches believers to submit one to another (Ephesians 5:21). The wife who humbles herself before the Lord in veiling will bring her husband to acknowledge that her faith in God’s word directs her life. For the wise Christian husband, it will put trust and oneness in his love for her.

7. The veiled Christian woman testifies to her separation from the world; uniting with God

First Corinthians 11:15 teaches us a woman’s long hair is her glory. The veiled woman testifies by covering her glory, showing that the glory of God is before and above her own. She is covered, thereby submitting her glory to His glory.

The veiled woman’s very presence, before all people, is a testimony to her separation unto God.

The power of God on the veiled woman’s head is a protection for her against her natural nature which is to pursue a worldly and material life.

The veiled Christian woman has put away the world’s religious culture found throughout Christendom today. Her separation unto the simplicity in Christ, through the word of God, is seen in her faith (James 2:18, 20, 26).

8. The veiled Christian woman rebukes the serpent’s deceptions

“And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived fell into transgression” (1 Timothy 2:14). The deceptions of the enemy are greater than ever today.

The veiled woman, having the authority of God upon her, is given a great measure of protection. For the most part, the enemy is not able to bring her into deception when she has the veil of God upon her (she still has however, her Adamic nature). The enemy loses power to deceive her.

The woman who desires to walk in faith to God’s word, in the veiling, robs the devil of his weapons to deceive her when he comes to her in all cunning and craftiness, using the doctrines of men (Ephesians 4:14). The principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this age, and spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12), are looking for weakness in any woman who is attempting to follow the truth in Christ. These entities are continually working on the woman to bring her to receptiveness to Satan’s message. They do this by attempting to entice her to leave the place of God’s order. The devil masquerades as an angel of light in religion (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) and is exposed through the power of a Christian woman who is veiled as she walks in truth. Her life is an open rebuke to the devil’s work of creating rebellion in the world (1 Timothy 2:11). The veiled woman, living in the truth of Christ, destroys the works of the devil. The power of God upon her exposes, dispels and makes smaller the works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11).

The veiled woman in an assembly of believers keeps disorder at bay and the devil from finding a weak place to enter.

D. Neely 11-23-10

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