Hierarchy and Equality in the God-head (and subsequently in church and home)
“The Son is obedient and submissive to the Father; the Holy Ghost acts at the behest of the Father and the Son; and yet their interactive constitutive unity is that of three equal Persons in perfect harmony of existence, thought, will, and action.
An analogy will illustrate this more clearly. Consider the ordered sequence of numerals 1, 2, 3, and so forth. The numeral 1 comes in sequence before the numeral 2, and 2 likewise before 3; and 2 and 3 are simple multiples of 1 and in that sense dependent on it. In sequence, 1 is thus superior to 2, and 2 to 3; but in quantity, 3 is greater than 2, and 2 greater than 1. And yet it would be absurd to say that 1 is somehow a “better” number than 2 because it comes first in sequence, or that 2 is a “better” number than 1 because it is double the quantity.
Equally important, the order is not interchangeable. Just as numerical order cannot be arbitrarily re-arranged to 3, 1, 2 or 2, 1, 3 or 2, 3, 1, or any other sequence, so likewise the Father cannot be begotten of the Son, and neither the Father nor the Son can proceed from the Holy Ghost. The same also applies to the constitutive elements of the order; just as 3 cannot be arbitrarily substituted for 2 or 1, or 2 substituted for 3 or 1, so likewise the Son cannot be interchanged with the Father or the Holy Ghost, or the Holy Ghost with the Father or the Son. Hierarchy and equality exist in perfect harmony.
The intra-Trinitarian ordered relations of the three divine Persons subsisting as one God, in hierarchy and equality, are revealed as being essentially and fundamentally relations of love—specifically agape…”
From “Role Reversals Sex, Women’s Ordination & the Rejection of Hierarchy & Equality”
by James A. Altena in Jan/Feb 2019 Touchstone Magazine