But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 1 Cor. 11:3
This verse is used by the Watchtower to try to disprove the deity of Jesus. However a closer examination of the content will clearly show this assumption to be without merit as follows: –
The false assumption implies inferiority of nature between the Father and the Son. However to have an accurate understanding of the verse it is necessary that we look at it closely, and in it’s context in the chapter, to enable Scripture to interpret Scripture.
If we do this we see that the chapter context is not speaking of superiority or inferiority between persons, but of role and order.
This is also easily seen in the subject verse when it speaks of “the head of woman is man”. This takes us back to Genesis 3.16 to the beginning of creation where we see God’s order established in the headship of the man in the union of the man and woman.
In 1 Corinthians 11.3 here, the man is the head of the woman in respect of role only. The man and the woman being of one nature are of equal worth in the sight of God, have equal spiritual blessings in the Kingdom of God and neither is inferior to the other.
I remember some time ago explaining this verse to a Watchtower visitor who appeared to be an elder, as he sat on my sofa with his wife. He had no valid answer to the truth of this and very soon abruptly closed his Watchtower bible, said his goodbyes and left with his wife. I never saw them again.
The illustration of the passage then gives us a greater understanding of the relationship between Jesus and His Father. Being of one substance or of one nature with the Father there can be no inferiority. We do however see the differing roles of Jesus the Son and his Father shown to us in a number of places in the Scriptures.
To pluck part of the verse of 1 Corinthians 11.3 out of its context within the verse as a whole and outside its context in the whole passage clearly is wrong.
For further Scripture relating to the divinity of Jesus, see the posting of December 28th 2011 on this website.