I’m using the archaic meaning of counsel in this case which my dictionary describes as “purpose”.
God, as to his essence, does not have “self ” knowledge. The only way He can “know himself” is through “objects, whom He creates; ie, men. However, He can only know His TRUE self through men who are living in accordance with truth; ie, His true character/nature. Man is like a “mirror” at which He looks and discovers Himself until He is satisfied – “it is good”, or, “this is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”.
His eyes “run to and fro” throughout the earth to see “if whether there was one that showed wisdom; enquiring after God” (Ps. 14:2-3) In many, if not most cases, He can find no one. So He uses wrath to bring individuals to “the end of themselves”, so they will have moments when they are afraid for their lives – “if you get me out of this God, I’ll serve you always”, or “foxhole religion/christianity” they call it. Sometimes it sticks ; sometimes it doesn’t, and they go on back to the pigsty, eating the left overs they were previously being nourished by until the next adversity or crisis. Most keep going through the cycle their whole lives, being unconscious – dead – to the dealings of God in their lives, as they run to the world’s security and health systems for the placebo to alleviate their sufferings brought on themselves by their own unlawful conduct – “lifestyles”.
I’ve discussed this principle of life cycles in previous posts as the law which says, “That which comes to you (as adversity), keeps coming to you, until you WAKE UP and learn the lesson it brings”. This is the opportunity to “review” one’s life, which in turn, gives one a new perspective of God or is the initial eye opener of His existence; depending on one’s worldview at the time. When one “wakes up”, one becomes a special object in which He begins to build His “image/likeness”. This is the “conception” I’ve described previously – the previously hidden light of the soul is “turned on” and the person begins to “seek after God”, the Light’s source.
The counsels or purpose of God is manifested in three ways, or by/through three groups of people; each group described metaphorically, starting with the “lowest” : ” service department”; “you’re welcome to dinner”, and “Dad”.
The service department is entirely made up of women who stay in the truth. The woman’s “job description” is written of by Paul and Peter in the Bible, but neither of them get into the actual “why’s” of the woman and what she is the embodiment of. I’ve no doubt that they knew, but the Spirit who wrote through them couched it in His usual manner in earthly terms and phrases, “throwing off the scent” so to speak.
Paul= 1Corinthians 14: 34-35 “As for the women, in the assemblies, let them be silent, for it is not permitted for them to be speaking; but let them be in submission – even as the law says. If however, they are wishing to learn something, at home, their own husbands let them question, for it is a shame for a woman to be speaking in assembly”.
Paul= Ephesians 5:22-24 “You wives (be submitting) unto your own husbands as (if you were submitting…)unto the Lord, because a husband is the head of his wife, as the Christ also is the head of the assembly; He being the savior of the body. Nevertheless, as the assembly submits herself unto the Christ, so the wives unto their husbands in everything”.
Paul= 1 Timothy2:9-15 “In the same way that the women in seemly attire with modesty and sobermindedness be adorning themselves. Not with plaitings and ornamentation of gold or with pearls or with costly apparel, but which becomes women promising godliness, through good works. Let a woman in quietness be learning in all submission; but teaching, unto a woman I do not permit, nor yet to have authority over a man, but to be in quietness; for Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, whereas the woman, having been wholly deceived has come to be in transgression; she shall be saved however, through means of the child bearing – if they abide in faith and love and holiness with sobermindedness”.
Peter=1Peter 3:1-6 “In like manner you wives, be submitting yourselves unto your own husbands; in order that if any (husbands) are not yeilding unto the Word, through their wives behavior they may, without the Word be won, having been permited to behold your reverently chaste behavior; whose adorning,let it be not the outward of plaiting the hair and wearing golden ornaments or putting on of apparel (showy apparel), but the hidden character of the heart – in the incorruptible ornament of the quiet and meek spirit which is in the presence of God of great price.
For at one time, the holy women also who directed their hope towards God, used to adorn themselves, being in submission unto their own husbands, as Sarah was obedient to Abraham, calling him lord – whose children you have become so long as you are doing good and not bringing yourselves into fear of any single cause of alarm”.
Submission to husband, modesty, quietness/silence, no fancy dress, no usurping authority over men and recognition of her body being the means of perpetuating the race. This is the TRUTH in which, if the woman abides, she will be kept free of deception and error; which, because of Eve, she will fall into if she rebels from this truth and goes her own way. This is because she is the embodiment of that sphere or principle of God, called “earth” and/or “darkness”, and which without a control mechanism such as a godly father or husband, becomes unrestrained power and leads to all sorts of mischief/evil/misfortune.
I’ve written of this before in a previous post, but I will repeat it here again. The woman is only important insofar as her useability to man is concerned. She is meant to always be “under his wing” of protection and headship. She has to WILLINGLY submit herself. She can’t be forced by man to do so.
Women who willingly stay in the above truth are the “service department”.