9. The Status of the Church—the Counterpart of Christ
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Scripture Reading: Gen. 2:18-25; John 19:34; Eph. 5:25-27, 32

Gen 2:18       And Jehovah God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper as his counterpart.

Gen 2:19       Now Jehovah God had formed from the ground every animal of the field and every bird of heaven. And He brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called any living animal, that was its name.

Gen 2:20       And the man gave names to all cattle and to the birds of heaven and to every animal of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper as his counterpart.

Gen 2:21       And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place.

Gen 2:22       And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.

Gen 2:23       And the man said, This time this is bone of my bones / And flesh of my flesh; / This one shall be called Woman / Because out of Man this one was taken.

Gen 2:24       Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Gen 2:25       And both the man and his wife were naked and were not ashamed before each other.

John 19:34    But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.

Eph 5:25       Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her

Eph 5:26       That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,

Eph 5:27       That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.

Eph 5:32       This mystery is great, but I speak with regard to Christ and the church.

 

I.     The entire Bible is a divine romance, a record of how God courts His chosen people and eventually marries them—Gen. 2:21-24; S. S. 1:2-4; Isa. 54:5; 62:5; Jer. 2:2; 3:1, 14; 31:32; Ezek. 16:8; 23:5; Hosea 2:7, 19; Matt. 9:15; John 3:29; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:25-32; Rev. 19:7; 21:2, 9-10; 22:17:

Gen 2:21       And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place.

Gen 2:22       And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.

Gen 2:23       And the man said, This time this is bone of my bones / And flesh of my flesh; / This one shall be called Woman / Because out of Man this one was taken.

Gen 2:24       Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

S S 1:2          Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! / For your love is better than wine.

S S 1:3          Your anointing oils have a pleasant fragrance; / Your name is like ointment poured forth; / Therefore the virgins love you.

S S 1:4          Draw me; we will run after you—The king has brought me into his chambers—/ We will be glad and rejoice in you; / We will extol your love more than wine. / Rightly do they love you.

Isa 54:5         For your Maker is your Husband; / Jehovah of hosts is His name. / And the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; / He is called the God of all the earth.

Isa 62:5         For as a young man marries a virgin, / Your sons will marry you; / And with the joy of the bridegroom over the bride / Your God will rejoice over you.

Jer 2:2           Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says Jehovah: / I remember concerning you the kindness of your youth, / The love of your bridal days, / When you followed after Me in the wilderness, / In a land that was not sown.

Jer 3:1           It is said, / If a man divorces his wife / And she goes from him / And becomes another man's wife, / Will he return to her again? / Will not that land be / Utterly polluted? / But you have committed fornication with many lovers. / Yet return to Me, declares Jehovah.

Jer 3:14         Return, O apostate children, declares Jehovah, for I am a Husband to you; and I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and will bring you to Zion.

Jer 31:32       Not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by their hand to bring them out from the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was their Husband, declares Jehovah.

Ezek 16:8      Then I passed by you and saw you; and then was your time a time of love. And I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness; indeed I swore unto you and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord Jehovah, and you became Mine.

Ezek 23:5      And Oholah committed fornication instead of remaining with Me, and she lusted after her lovers, after the Assyrians, who were close to her,

Hosea 2:7      And she will pursue her lovers / But will not overtake them; / And she will seek them but not find them; / And she will say, I will go / And return to my first husband, / For it was better for me then than now.

Hosea 2:19    And I will betroth you to Myself forever; / Indeed I will betroth you to Myself / In righteousness and justice / And in lovingkindness and compassions;

Matt 9:15      And Jesus said to them, The sons of the bridechamber cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

John 3:29      He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.

2 Cor 11:2     For I am jealous over you with a jealousy of God; for I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

Eph 5:25       Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her

Eph 5:26       That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,

Eph 5:27       That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.

Eph 5:28       In the same way the husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his own wife loves himself.

Eph 5:29       For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ also the church,

Eph 5:30       Because we are members of His Body.

Eph 5:31       For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.

Eph 5:32       This mystery is great, but I speak with regard to Christ and the church.

Rev 19:7       Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.

Rev 21:2       And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Rev 21:9       And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.

Rev 21:10     And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

Rev 22:17     And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come! And let him who is thirsty come; let him who wills take the water of life freely.

A.     When we as God’s people enter into a love relationship with God, we receive His life, just as Eve received the life of Adam—Gen. 2:21-22.

Gen 2:21       And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place.

Gen 2:22       And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.

B.     It is this life that enables us to become one with God and makes Him one with us.

C.     In order for God and His people to be one, there must be a mutual love between them—John 14:21, 23; Exo. 20:6.

John 14:21    He who has My commandments and keeps them, he is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him.

John 14:23    Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.

Exo 20:6       Yet showing lovingkindness to thousands of generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

D.     The love between God and His people unfolded in the Bible is primarily like the affectionate love between a man and a woman—Jer. 2:2; 31:3.

Jer 2:2           Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says Jehovah: / I remember concerning you the kindness of your youth, / The love of your bridal days, / When you followed after Me in the wilderness, / In a land that was not sown.

Jer 31:3         Jehovah appeared to me from afar, saying, / Indeed I have loved you with an eternal love, / Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.

E.      As God’s people love God and spend time to fellowship with Him in His word, God infuses them with His divine element, making them one with Him as His spouse, the same as He is in life, nature, and expression—Psa. 119:140, 15-16; Eph. 5:25-27.

Psa 119:140  Your word is very pure, / And Your servant loves it.

Psa 119:15    I will muse upon Your precepts / And regard Your ways.

Psa 119:16    I will take delight in Your statutes; / I will not forget Your word.

Eph 5:25       Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her

Eph 5:26       That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,

Eph 5:27       That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.

II.   In Genesis 2 we see a picture of Christ and the church in the types of Adam and Eve:

Gen 2:1         Thus the heavens and the earth and all their host were finished.

Gen 2:2         And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

Gen 2:3         And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

Gen 2:4         These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created. When Jehovah God made earth and heaven,

Gen 2:5         And no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up-for Jehovah God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no man to work the ground,

Gen 2:6         But a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground -

Gen 2:7         Jehovah God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.

Gen 2:8         And Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there He put the man whom He had formed.

Gen 2:9         And out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, as well as the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Gen 2:10       And a river went forth from Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided and became four branches.

Gen 2:11       The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that goes around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.

Gen 2:12       And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.

Gen 2:13       And the name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that goes around the whole land of Cush.

Gen 2:14       And the name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one that goes east of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

Gen 2:15       And Jehovah God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and to keep it.

Gen 2:16       And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may eat freely,

Gen 2:17       But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, of it you shall not eat; for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

Gen 2:18       And Jehovah God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper as his counterpart.

Gen 2:19       Now Jehovah God had formed from the ground every animal of the field and every bird of heaven. And He brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called any living animal, that was its name.

Gen 2:20       And the man gave names to all cattle and to the birds of heaven and to every animal of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper as his counterpart.

Gen 2:21       And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place.

Gen 2:22       And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.

Gen 2:23       And the man said, This time this is bone of my bones / And flesh of my flesh; / This one shall be called Woman / Because out of Man this one was taken.

Gen 2:24       Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Gen 2:25       And both the man and his wife were naked and were not ashamed before each other.

A.     Adam typifies God in Christ as the real, universal Husband, who is seeking a wife for Himself—Rom. 5:14; cf. Isa. 54:5; John 3:29; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:31-32; Rev. 21:9.

Rom 5:14      But death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned after the likeness of Adam's transgression, who is a type of Him who was to come.

Isa 54:5         For your Maker is your Husband; / Jehovah of hosts is His name. / And the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; / He is called the God of all the earth.

John 3:29      He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.

2 Cor 11:2     For I am jealous over you with a jealousy of God; for I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

Eph 5:31       For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.

Eph 5:32       This mystery is great, but I speak with regard to Christ and the church.

Rev 21:9       And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.

B.     “Jehovah God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper as his counterpart”—Gen. 2:18:

Gen 2:18       And Jehovah God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper as his counterpart.

1. Adam’s need for a wife typifies and portrays God’s need, in His economy, to have a wife as His counterpart, His complement (lit., His parallel).

2. Although God, Christ, is absolutely and eternally perfect, He is not complete without the church as His wife.

3. God desires to have both Adam, typifying Christ, and Eve, typifying the church; His purpose is to “let them have dominion” (1:26); His purpose is to have a victorious Christ plus a victorious church, a Christ who has overcome the work of the devil plus a church that has overthrown the work of the devil; God wants Christ and the church to have dominion—Rom. 5:17; 16:20; Eph. 1:22-23.

Gen 1:26       And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.

Rom 5:17      For if, by the offense of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Rom 16:20    Now the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

III.  We need to see what God did in order to produce a counterpart for Himself:

A.     From the ground God formed every animal of the field and every bird of heaven and brought them to Adam, “and the man gave names to all cattle and to the birds of heaven and to every animal of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper as his counterpart”—Gen. 2:19-20:

Gen 2:19       Now Jehovah God had formed from the ground every animal of the field and every bird of heaven. And He brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called any living animal, that was its name.

Gen 2:20       And the man gave names to all cattle and to the birds of heaven and to every animal of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper as his counterpart.

1. The wife must be the same as the husband in life, nature, and expression.

2. Among the cattle, the birds, and the animals, Adam did not find a counterpart for himself, one that could match him.

B.     In order to produce a counterpart for Himself, God first became a man, as typified by God’s creation of Adam—John 1:14; Rom. 5:14.

John 1:14      And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.

Rom 5:14      But death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned after the likeness of Adam's transgression, who is a type of Him who was to come.

C.     “Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place”—Gen. 2:21:

Gen 2:21       And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place.

1. Adam’s deep sleep for the producing of Eve as his wife typifies Christ’s death on the cross for the producing of the church as His counterpart—Eph. 5:25-27.

Eph 5:25       Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her

Eph 5:26       That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,

Eph 5:27       That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.

2. In the Bible sleep often refers to death—1 Cor. 15:18; 1 Thes. 4:13-16; John 11:11-14.

1 Cor 15:18   Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.

1 Thes 4:13   But we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who are sleeping, that you would not grieve even as also the rest who have no hope.

1 Thes 4:14   For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so also those who have fallen asleep through Jesus, God will bring with Him.

1 Thes 4:15   For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are living, who are left remaining unto the coming of the Lord, shall by no means precede those who have fallen asleep;

1 Thes 4:16   Because the Lord Himself, with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

John 11:11    He said these things, and after this He said to them, Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going that I may wake him out of sleep.

John 11:12    The disciples then said to Him, Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.

John 11:13    But Jesus had spoken about his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.

John 11:14    So Jesus then told them plainly, Lazarus has died.

3. Christ’s death is the life-releasing, life-imparting, life-propagating, life-multiplying, life-reproducing death, which is signified by the grain of wheat falling into the ground to die and to grow up in order to produce many grains (12:24) for the making of the loaf, which is the Body, the church (1 Cor. 10:17).

John 12:24    Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

1 Cor 10:17   Seeing that there is one bread, we who are many are one Body; for we all partake of the one bread.

4. Through Christ’s death the divine life within Him was released, and through His resurrection His released divine life was imparted into His believers for the constituting of the church.

5. Through such a process God in Christ has been wrought into man with His life and nature so that man can be the same as God in life and nature in order to match Him as His counterpart.

D.     “Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man”—Gen. 2:22:

Gen 2:22       And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.

1. The rib taken from Adam’s opened side typifies the unbreakable, indestructible eternal life of Christ (Heb. 7:16; John 19:32-33, 36; Exo. 12:46; Psa. 34:20), which flowed out of His pierced side (John 19:34) to impart life to His believers for the producing and building up of the church as His counterpart:

Heb 7:16       Who has been appointed not according to the law of a fleshy commandment but according to the power of an indestructible life.

John 19:32    The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man and of the other man who had been crucified with Him.

John 19:33    But coming to Jesus, when they saw that He had already died, they did not break His legs;

John 19:36    For these things happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled: "No bone of His shall be broken."

Exo 12:46     It shall be eaten in one house. You shall not take any of the flesh outside the house, nor shall you break any of its bones.

Psa 34:20      He keeps all his bones; / Not one of them is broken.

John 19:34    But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.

a. Out of Christ’s side came blood and water, but all that came out of Adam’s side was the rib without the blood.

b. At Adam’s time there was no need of redemption through the blood, because there was no sin.

c. However, by the time that Christ was “sleeping” on the cross, there was the problem of sin; thus, the blood that came out of Christ’s side was for our judicial redemption.

d. Following the blood, the water came out, which is the flowing life of God for our organic salvation (Exo. 17:6; 1 Cor. 10:4; Num. 20:8); this divine, flowing, uncreated life is typified by the rib taken out of Adam’s side (Rom. 5:10).

Exo 17:6       I will be standing before you there upon the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it so that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

1 Cor 10:4     And all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank of a spiritual rock which followed them, and the rock was Christ.

Num  20:8    Take the rod, and gather the assembly, you and Aaron your brother, and speak to the rock before their eyes, so that it yields its water. Thus you shall bring forth water for them out of the rock and give the assembly and their livestock something to drink.

Rom 5:10      For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled,

2. Genesis 2:22 does not say that Eve was created but that she was built; the building of Eve with the rib taken from Adam’s side typifies the building of the church with the resurrection life released from Christ through His death on the cross and imparted into His believers in His resurrection—John 12:24; 1 Pet. 1:3.

Gen 2:22       And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.

John 12:24    Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

1 Pet 1:3        Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

3. The church as the real Eve is the totality of Christ in all His believers; the church is the reproduction of Christ; other than Christ’s element, there should be no other element in the church—Gen. 5:2.

Gen 5:2         Male and female He created them, and He blessed them and called their name Adam, on the day when they were created.

4. Only that which comes out of Christ with His resurrection life can be His complement and counterpart, the Body of Christ—1 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 5:28-30:

1 Cor 12:12   For even as the body is one and has many members, yet all the members of the body, being many, are one body, so also is the Christ.

Eph 5:28       In the same way the husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his own wife loves himself.

Eph 5:29       For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ also the church,

Eph 5:30       Because we are members of His Body.

a. We need to put off all the natural life until the living Christ can be expressed from within our spirit; then we will be the church in reality—Col. 3:10-11.

Col 3:10        And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

Col 3:11        Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.

b. To live out anything other than Christ is not the church; “it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20); “to me, to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21)—this is the church!

Gal 2:20        I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Phil 1:21       For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

c. Only that which comes out of Christ can be recognized by Christ; only that which comes out of Christ can return to Christ and match Him.

5. At the end of the Bible is a city, New Jerusalem, the ultimate and eternal woman, the corporate bride, the wife of the Lamb (Rev. 21:9; 22:17) built with three precious materials (21:18-21), fulfilling for eternity the type shown in Genesis 2; thus, in type all the precious materials mentioned in Genesis 2:11-12 are for the building of the woman.

Rev 21:9       And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.

Rev 22:17     And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come! And let him who is thirsty come; let him who wills take the water of life freely.

Rev 21:18     And the building work of its wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

Rev 21:19     The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every precious stone: the first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;

Rev 21:20     The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.

Rev 21:21     And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was, respectively, of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Gen 2:1         Thus the heavens and the earth and all their host were finished.

Gen 2:2         And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

Gen 2:3         And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

Gen 2:4         These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created. When Jehovah God made earth and heaven,

Gen 2:5         And no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up-for Jehovah God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no man to work the ground,

Gen 2:6         But a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground -

Gen 2:7         Jehovah God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.

Gen 2:8         And Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there He put the man whom He had formed.

Gen 2:9         And out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, as well as the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Gen 2:10       And a river went forth from Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided and became four branches.

Gen 2:11       The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that goes around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.

Gen 2:12       And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.

Gen 2:13       And the name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that goes around the whole land of Cush.

Gen 2:14       And the name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one that goes east of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

Gen 2:15       And Jehovah God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and to keep it.

Gen 2:16       And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may eat freely,

Gen 2:17       But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, of it you shall not eat; for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

Gen 2:18       And Jehovah God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper as his counterpart.

Gen 2:19       Now Jehovah God had formed from the ground every animal of the field and every bird of heaven. And He brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called any living animal, that was its name.

Gen 2:20       And the man gave names to all cattle and to the birds of heaven and to every animal of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper as his counterpart.

Gen 2:21       And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place.

Gen 2:22       And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.

Gen 2:23       And the man said, This time this is bone of my bones / And flesh of my flesh; / This one shall be called Woman / Because out of Man this one was taken.

Gen 2:24       Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Gen 2:25       And both the man and his wife were naked and were not ashamed before each other.

6. As Eve was taken out of Adam and brought back to Adam to be one flesh with him (v. 24), so the church produced out of Christ will go back to Christ (Eph. 5:27; Rev. 19:7) to be one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17); Christ and the church as one spirit, typified by a husband and wife as one flesh, are the great mystery (Eph. 5:28-32).

Gen 2:24       Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Eph 5:27       That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.

Rev 19:7       Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.

1 Cor 6:17     But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.

Eph 5:28       In the same way the husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his own wife loves himself.

Eph 5:29       For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ also the church,

Eph 5:30       Because we are members of His Body.

Eph 5:31       For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.

Eph 5:32       This mystery is great, but I speak with regard to Christ and the church.

7. In the future, Christ as the holy Bridegroom will present us to Himself as His counterpart for His marriage just as God presented Eve to Adam as his counterpart for his marriage—vv. 27, 31-32; Gen. 2:22-24; Rev. 19:7-9:

Eph 5:27       That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.

Eph 5:31       For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.

Eph 5:32       This mystery is great, but I speak with regard to Christ and the church.

Gen 2:22       And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.

Gen 2:23       And the man said, This time this is bone of my bones / And flesh of my flesh; / This one shall be called Woman / Because out of Man this one was taken.

Gen 2:24       Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Rev 19:7       Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.

Rev 19:8       And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.

Rev 19:9       And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.

a. Ephesians 5:27 reveals the beauty of the bride, saying that Christ will “present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.”

Eph 5:27       That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.

b. The beauty of the bride comes from the very Christ who is wrought into the church and who is then expressed through the church—v. 26; Psa. 45:9-14.

Eph 5:26       That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,

Psa 45:9        The daughters of kings are among Your most prized; / The queen stands at Your right hand in the gold of Ophir.

Psa 45:10      Hear, O daughter, and see; and incline your ear; / And forget your people and your father's house;

Psa 45:11      Thus the King will desire your beauty. / Because He is your Lord, / Worship Him.

Psa 45:12      And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; / The rich among the people will entreat your favor.

Psa 45:13      The king's daughter is all glorious within the royal abode; / Her garment is a woven work inwrought with gold.

Psa 45:14      She will be led to the King in embroidered clothing; / The virgins behind her, her companions, / Will be brought to You.

c. The Lord’s recovery is for the preparation of the bride of Christ, who is composed of all the overcomers—Rev. 19:7-9; Gen. 2:22; Matt. 16:18.

Rev 19:7       Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.

Rev 19:8       And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.

Rev 19:9       And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.

Gen 2:22       And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.

Matt 16:18    And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

E.      “The man said, This time this is bone of my bones / And flesh of my flesh; / This one shall be called Woman / Because out of Man this one was taken. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”—Gen. 2:23-24:

Gen 2:23       And the man said, This time this is bone of my bones / And flesh of my flesh; / This one shall be called Woman / Because out of Man this one was taken.

Gen 2:24       Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

1. In Hebrew Man is Ish, and Woman is Ishshah; the church is a pure product out of Christ; the church is “Christly,” “resurrectionly,” and heavenly.

2. Only those who are regenerated of Christ and who live by Christ as the church can match Christ and complement Him.

3. When Christ sees this, He surely says, “This time this is bone of My bones and flesh of My flesh”—cf. v. 23; Eph. 5:30.

Gen 2:23       And the man said, This time this is bone of my bones / And flesh of my flesh; / This one shall be called Woman / Because out of Man this one was taken.

Eph 5:30       Because we are members of His Body.

4. Just as Eve was the increase of Adam, the church as the bride is the increase of Christ as the Bridegroom—John 3:29-30.

John 3:29      He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.

John 3:30      He must increase, but I must decrease.

5. Adam and Eve becoming one flesh, a complete unit, is a figure of God and man being joined as one; the coming New Jerusalem will be the eternal union of God and man, a universal couple as a complete unit composed of divinity and humanity—cf. Gen. 5:2.

Gen 5:2         Male and female He created them, and He blessed them and called their name Adam, on the day when they were created.

F.      Adam and Eve, being one, lived a married life together as husband and wife (2:24-25); this portrays that in the New Jerusalem the processed and consummated redeeming Triune God as the universal Husband will live a married life with the redeemed, regenerated, transformed, and glorified humanity as the wife, forever (Rev. 22:17a):

Gen 2:24       Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Gen 2:25       And both the man and his wife were naked and were not ashamed before each other.

Rev 22:17a    And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! …

1. The entire revelation of the Bible shows us the love story of a universal couple.

2. The sovereign Lord, who created the universe and all things, that is, the Triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit—who went through the processes of incarnation, human living, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, and who ultimately became the life-giving Spirit, is joined in marriage to the created, redeemed, regenerated, transformed, and glorified tripartite man—composed of spirit, soul, and body—who ultimately constitutes the church, the expression of God.

3. In the eternity that is without end, by the divine, eternal, and surpassingly glorious life, they will live a life that is the mingling of God and man as one spirit, a life that is superexcellent and that overflows with blessings and joy.

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