Eve, and Us
1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
As my daughter was giving a Sunday school lesson on Eve, it struck me that Eve was taken out of Adam (his rib); and made a into a woman;……
……to be to him something he needed more….a partner….a helpmeet….a companion in all his life.
Genesis 2:21-22, 24 “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.
And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
And as born again believers, we are put back into Christ to be His bride, and friend, and helpmeet for Him and His work.
Romans 12:5 “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and everyone members one of another.”
Revelation 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.”
We become members together of His mystical body, here on earth….showing Christ Jesus wherever we go.
1 Corinthians 12:12 “For as the body is one, and hath many members and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”
Eve was made a separate person, to show that the personalities of man and woman, could unite…..in the work God called them to do.
Adam was as responsible for Eve, as he was his own body….to take care of her, guide and direct her (if he had done this, she would have turned away from the temptation of the devil…..to get his help), and love her as he would himself.
Ephesians 5:28 “So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.”
So believers (each of us personally and together)…..is put into Christ’s mystical body to show that Christ has taken responsibility for us……to take care of, guide and direct, and love us…..as He does Himself.
And yet, we are separate personalities, each fitted into their place in His body….to show that we can unite with our Lord…..in the work God has called us to do.
Ephesians 5:25-27, 29-30 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it;
That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word,
That He might present to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.
For no man ever yet hateth his own flesh; but nourished and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.”
There is a fullness in the Purpose of God……what Adam lost, by not fulfilling his duty, and yielding to sin….
……Christ has regained in power; because He has paid my penalty and debt…..and has taken me into Himself in union (by faith and love)……
…..and more so…..for He has empowered me by His Holy Spirit to regain also, the place of helpmeet to Christ Jesus.
To speak for Him,…..to act for Him,…..
…..and He is the lover of my soul. (“Set me as a seal upon Thine heart, as a seal unto Thine arm:…” Song of Solomon 8:6)
Eve was taken out of Adam, to become a different kind of support (the rib cage supports the back, and covers the inner organs).
She was to support him spiritually, by learning about and obeying God. (A faithful wife is a wonderful thing.)
She was to support him emotionally, by encouraging him to be God’s servant and friend. (Not tempting him to sin, as she had done.)
She was to support him physically, by being where she was suppose to be,…..not wandering off to look at a tree she knew was not to be eaten of.
We, believers, are put back into Christ, to become a new creature….all things should become new within us (2 Corinthians 5:17)….
That we should be to His praise and glory, in our lives….
That we should honor Him and His Word, in obedience….
That we should overcome, by the faith He has placed within us….and be one with Him.
John 17:21-23 “That they all may be one, as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.
And the glory that Thou gavest Me I have given unto them, that they may be one, even as We are one:
I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.”
Eve, and us, as believers:
God’s purpose lost in Eve…..and can be regained in us…..for we are in Him.
We are called to “come….in the unity of the faith”….
Ephesians 4:13, 15 “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
Will we come to Christ, and fulfill the work as His helpmeet?
(Let me say here, that if Adam had fulfilled his duty to Eve; she would not have been at the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil….to be tempted of the devil.
And let me also declare, that the Lord will never forsake us….nor neglect His duty to us….who He loves.
He will never will He leave us….never will He let us go……but He will:
1 Thessalonians 5:24 “Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it.”)