The first mother in scripture is Eve. She was first in the transgression, just as every saved sinner will confess that they are first in transgressing against our God (1 Tim. 1:15). Still, by declaring Christ (the Seed of woman) was coming God magnified His unchangeable grace toward the woman, His bride, His elect church, the mother of us all (Gen. 3:15; Mal. 2:16; Isa. 62:5; 54:13). Also, God declared the woman would have great sorrow in childbearing (Gen 3:16). This sorrow speaks not only to what you ladies have to bear in having children, but to the travail God’s church had to endure as Satan did everything he could to prevent Christ from coming into this earth: Pharaoh ordered all the male Israelite children to be killed; Haman sought to destroy all the Jews…the people of Mordecai (Est. 3:6); Herod slew all the children that were in Bethlehem,… (Mt. 2:16. See Rev. 12:1-6). God declared the only salvation for the woman (the church) is submission to her husband (a type of Christ Jesus) who rules her in wisdom, providing her every need (Gen. 3:16; Song. 7:10; Isa. 26:8; Eph. 5:22-33).
Submission of the woman to her husband is despised in our day. “Contemporary religion” places women in pulpits and allows women to usurp authority over men. Free-will congregations claim to be the bride of Christ yet teach the woman has the rule over her husband by their message that the sinner (the bride) provides for Christ (the Husband) in allowing Him to save her. The more this is the case the more hated it is for man to be in authority in the church, to be head over the wife and his children in the home, even the scriptures become politically incorrect. But at the core of it all is Satan’s desire to turn Christ’s bride from submitting to Christ Jesus her Husband. “Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety” (I Tim 2:15). Nevertheless, by continuing in faith in the Child born (the Seed of Woman) the woman and all her children, God’s elect, shall be saved.
As members of the church, you believing women and men are part of the Mother, the Bride of Christ. We have a Husband, Christ Jesus. Those born of Him are our sons and daughters. We have a responsibility to submit to our Husband and to teach our children to do so. What a glorious privilege of grace. Never take it for granted!