Jim Denison If you’re wondering whether the Bible endorses the value of women, look no further than its first chapter. Genesis 1:27 contains this well-known revelation: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him.” But here’s the lesser-known way the verse ends: “male and female he created them.” Women are created in God’s image just as fully as men. They are just as valuable to their Father. They are just as significant to his Kingdom.
Jesus proved that it is so. In Luke 8, our Lord was preaching with the support of “some women,” including Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Suzanna, “and many others, who provided for them out of their means” (v. 3). Mary Magdalene was the first person to meet the risen Christ and the first to announce his resurrection to the world (John 20:11–18).
Deborah was a female prophet, Israel’s fourth Judge, and one of her country’s greatest military leaders (Judges 4–5). Esther saved her people from annihilation. Lydia was the first Christian convert in Europe (Acts 16). Philip had four daughters “who prophesied” (Acts 21:9). Priscilla led a ministry with her husband Aquila (Romans 16:3–5). Paul was emphatic: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).