THE MYSTERY OF DIVINE PROTOCOL IN THE N.T. CHURCH
From 1Corinthians 11:1-16, the Apostolic Scriptures reveal that there is a great mystery about ORDER OF DIVINE PROTOCOL – in accordance with the nature of the Godhead and because of circumstances at the origins and creation of male and female humans – which has now been revealed to the Apostles (1Cor 11:3). Every community or culture, parliament or gathering has its symbols and protocols of honour, even the Church!
The Church is the gathering and guild for prophesying or praying Saints where God is present with His Angels also in attendance to minister (worship the exalted God and serve the ordered Saints) according to a protocol mystery; so for maximum benefits, Christian Saints should conduct themselves according to this protocol mystery and not be ignorant of such spiritual order and decorum.
It is already common knowledge that God’s Spirit dwells in believers’ hearts and bears witness with the Saints at all times in relation with faith and power, sin and sanctity. This Scripture wants us to know, not about faith and power or sin and sanctity but further into the divine protocol mystery about ORDER OF DECORUM on dignity and disgrace or glory and shame appointed by God and respected by Angels in Christian Church gatherings (1Cor 11:1-3).
Whenever Christians gather in Christ’s Name, God has appointed that His Angels do not regard or respect believers by their faces but by the order of dignity attributed to their heads. So what is this order of dignity which God and His Angels regard on our heads whenever we gather as His Church and He is in our midst? Does He follow our cultural protocol and order or does God have His own angelic protocol and spiritual culture for the Church?
Whenever Angelic Beings (Angels and Demons) look at male Christians prophesying or praying with unveiled heads (like Greek and Roman men did in their culture) they see DIGNIFIED divine glory; but if those prophesying or praying male humans cover their heads with veil (like Jewish men did in their culture), such angelic beings see DISGRACEFUL human glory. Also, when Angels (or demons?) look at female Christians prophesying or praying with unveiled heads (like Greek women did in their culture) they see DISGRACEFUL human glory; but if those prophesying or praying female Christians cover their heads with veil (like Jewish and Roman women did in their culture), such angelic beings see DIGNIFIED divine glory (1Cor 11:4-12)!
In the spirit or angelic realm therefore, the worship veil of female humans becomes their powerful MANTLE OF DIGNITY and authority before Angels (Angels are spiritual Church ushers 1Cor 11:10; Heb 1:13-14) NOT A SYMBOL OF SUBJUGATION to men as many assume; similarly, in the physical or social realm long hair of female humans which is their natural glory usually serves as fashionable mantle of aesthetics (1Cor 11:13-15).
We cannot alter Divine Truth, though we could choose to neglect or reject, ignore or abhor the Truth or even attempt to modify and revise it to suit our cultures but to our unavoidable detriment!
Since we still have our maleness/femaleness for now, our sexually distinguishable heads carry certain distinguishable worship or liturgical symbols:
♦ The Man’s head symbolizes Christ’s Glory (1Cor 11:3, 7), so should be left unveiled;
♦ The Woman’s bald head symbolizes Man’s glory (1Cor 11:7), so should be veiled;
♦ The Woman’s long hair symbolizes Woman’s glory (1Cor 11:15), so should be veiled;
♦ The Woman’s worship veil symbolizes not only prophetic mantle but also mantle of dignity which covers the indignity of all that symbolize human glories (i.e. Woman’s head and long hair) and also serves as token of dignity or symbol ofauthority before the Angels (1Cor 11:10).
Notice that the veil does not subject her under the authority of her husband as many hastily assume without the context saying so. Otherwise her long hair should also symbolise subjection to her husband rather than good aesthetics. The veil dignifies her head in a way that God accepts and authorises her head in a way that Angels respect.