1. The barrier to women exercising the teaching/oversight office in the Church has no bearing upon their standing in Christ. We are assured in the New Testament that in Christ Jesus there is neither male or female, There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus, Galatians 3:28. This does not mean that gender distinctions do not exist. It does mean that when it comes to our standing in Christ, and our acceptance before God, men and women stand on the very same basis. We are both accepted alone through Christ's blood atonement. We have the same right to all the privileges and blessings that belong to a saved sinner, who is 'in Christ': Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, Ephesians 1:3.
Yet in taking the place of a 'Servant' the Lord Jesus Christ never lost His co-equality with His Father. Much of the opposition of the Jews stemmed from the fact that they viewed Him as making Himself equal with God: Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God, John 5:18. How right they were! Despite taking on this position no loss of equality was involved. Instead of this position being demeaning to the Lord Jesus Christ, this taking upon Himself the form of a servant, actually brought glory and honour to Him.