For the first post on Head Coverings, click here
Some will say, concerning head coverings, that “It’s only a symbol!” and I agree; it “is” only a symbol. But so is the Lord’s Supper… yet we don’t attack it as optional, do we? Water baptism is also a symbol of death and resurrection.. yet we don’t attack it and say, “That was for THEN… we’re in a different culture now!”.
God gave us external symbols in the New Covenant to demonstrate inward realities. The Lord’s Supper, water baptism, the washing of feet and head coverings are all outward symbols of inward realities pointing to something specific.
1- Water Baptism: This points to the death of our old self and also to the new life given to us by God through Christ (Romans 6:1-4)
2- The Lord’s Supper: This points to remembering and proclaiming the Lord’s death until he comes (1 Corinthians 11:26)
3- Foot Washing: This points to humbling oneself… even in the presence of enemies, just as Jesus washed the feet of His disciples; Judas included (John 13:1-17)
4- Head Coverings: This points to the woman being in submission and is also a witness against the rebellion of satan. Let me deal now with this particular Church Ordinance in a more specific way:
Many today speak about head coverings and claim that head coverings in the Corinthian church were so that the Christian women prophesying wouldn’t be confused with temple prostitutes; this is the usual reasoning for head coverings. Yet, in verse 16 of 1 Corinthians 11, we read: “But if anyone wants to argue about this, I simply say that we have no other custom than this, and neither do God’s other churches.”
So we see that head covering for prophesying and praying was practised by “all” of the churches and certainly not due to a reaction against “temple prostitutes”. In fact, Paul the Apostle tells us, by the Holy Spirit, “why” this was a practised custom in “all” the churches in verse 11 when he says: “For this reason, and because the angels are watching, a woman should wear a covering on her head to show she is under authority.”
So we see that the head covering was a witness to the world that the woman was submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It was a direct tangible testimony of an inward surrender. It was a witness against satan’s rebellion to godly authority.
For those of you who desire to look more into this Biblical Ordinance, I encourage you to click here with this teaching by Brother Zac Poonen