Woman – Unique, One of a Kind
The word ‘unique’ is defined as “being the only existing one of its type” or, more generally, “unusual or special in some way” To be unique, therefore, is to be distinct, exceptional, one of a kind and irreplaceable. To be unique is to be authentic, genuine, real and not a counterfeit – an original. Thus in our quest to find out our true identity and purpose as women, we need to discover what is unique – special, unusual and rare about our gender. What separates us from the rest of creation and makes us authentic and unique? Indeed, what makes woman an exceptional, distinctive, incomparable and irreplaceable creation of God?
Praise God, we do not have to travel far to find the answers to these questions. The Lord Jesus promised us, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). The bible gives several clear insights to the uniqueness of woman as exclusive, distinct, incomparable, one-of-a-kind being. God, in is His infinite wisdom, created women as unique beings and put clear indications of our uniqueness in the scriptures. It is our privilege and pleasure to discover them, and to do so, we must go back to the beginning – Genesis Chapters One to Three.
Come with me on this awesome journey of discovery and see what the scriptures reveal.
 Woman Is A Human Being
The first thing that differentiates woman from the rest of creation is that she was created as a human in God’s image. Together with man, woman was created as a human being. This clearly differentiates her from the rest of creation – the sun, moon, trees, plants, animals, birds, etc.
Now, you might think, “well everyone knows that?” Unfortunately, however, there many cultures, especially, ones I have come across in Africa, where women are not considered as full human beings. For instance, among certain tribes in Ghana, when a woman has a baby, the first question asked is, “Did she have a human being or a girl?” During our FREE TO SERVE Training in Kenya last year, we heard some absurd stories about how women are viewed among certain cultural groups in Kenya. Many of these cultural groups do not consider women as human beings and so, for instance, if you sent a child to the next house with a message and they met only women there, the child would not deliver the message but return to you saying they met no one at home!
Of course, this kind of cultural belief is very wrong and contradicts the scriptures, which tell us that on the sixth day of creation, God created Man in His own image as male and female.
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:26-27
Woman, therefore, is a human being created in God’s image and, together with man, reflects the image of God on earth. This is what differentiates both of them (woman and man) from the rest of creation and makes them both unique. This also provides evidence of woman’s equality with man, because right at creation, God made them equal in His likeness and image.
Woman, you are no less a human being than man! You have been created in the image of God and you are unique, different and special.
 The Vacuum
Another indication of woman’s uniqueness is the huge vacuum that existed before her creation. In fact, before woman was created, God declared that her non-existence was not good! Throughout the ‘process’ of creation, the bible constantly states, “And God saw that it was good.” Then suddenly, for the first time, God declared “It is not good…” SOMEONE very essential to God’s plans and purposes was still missing.
“And out of the ground the Lord God formed every [wild] beast and living creature of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name. And Adam gave names to all the livestock and to the birds of the air and to every [wild] beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.” – Genesis 2:12-20
All of creation was in place – the sun, moon, galaxies, mountains, hills, trees, plants, animals, birds, etc, had all been created and assigned their place and purpose on the earth. Yet, man, with his important God-given assignment to take dominion over the earth and to multiply and replenish it, was alone and by himself. There was absolutely nothing in the whole of creation to substitute or replace that which was missing! God’s plans and purpose for creation stood at a crossroads! Something must be done urgently…!
Was this an error on God’s part? Did He forget or miss something? Many have said that woman was created as an afterthought, to rectify a problem with creation. This cannot be true as God is omniscient and knows the end of a matter from its beginning. He is also constant, the same yesterday, today and forever. With Him there is no shadow of turning, neither does He make mistakes!
However, this was an vital part of the divine plan, to show man the value of woman above all creation. The fact that there was a lack of an appropriate replacement for woman in all of creation is clear evidence of her uniqueness, essence and value.
The big vacuum and gaping hole in creation and man’s life spoke very loudly and clearly when God Himself said, “IT IS NOT GOOD!” There was nothing or no-one in all of creation, quite like her. It was only after both man and woman had been created and commissioned that God looked upon everything He had created, saw that it was ALL good, and then He rested.
Without woman in her rightful position besides man – on the earth, in our homes, families, communities, churches, marketplaces, etc – that gaping hole still exists, and IT IS STILL NOT GOOD. It does not serve God’s purpose for the earth! Just open your eyes and see – the evidence is all around you!
=To be continued next week
An excerpt from Apostle Jennifer Abigail Wallace’s soon to be published book, “SONS OF GOD – Our Ultimate Identity as Women in Christ” THIS ARTICLE CAN BE USED BY PERMISSION BUT WITH REFERENCE TO AUTHOR