Two Adams: A Rib and a Bride

“If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.  So it is written ‘The first man Adam became a living being;’ the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.  The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual” (1 Corinthians 15:45-46).

Adam, the Physical Body

“But for Adam no suitable helper was found.  So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.  Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.  The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.’” (Genesis 2:20-22).

When God made man from the dust of the ground, He found that man was alone and this was not good.  So he made a suitable helper for the man from his rib or flesh from his side.  From Adam אדום came Eve, Chavah, or חוה. When Adam saw the woman, he knew she had come from him and said she was ‘bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh.’

“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and they become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

Adam was the first husband.  Eve was the first wife.  Together they were the first married couple in the natural, physical realm.  Through them all humanity was born.   Through them is the ‘body of mankind.’

“Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.  She said, ‘With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man’” (Genesis 4:1).

“The first man was of the dust of the earth … as was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth …” (1 Corinthians 15:44-49).

אדם – Adam in Hebrew Word Pictures, First Pathway to Life (Also, in Hebrew adom means ‘red earth’.

א Alef – an Ox and means ‘first and foremost’

ד Dalet – a Door and means ‘pathway’

ם Mem – Water and means ‘life’

חוה Chavah in Hebrew Word Pictures, “protect, join and reveal new beginnings’

ח – Chet – a Fence and means ‘to protect, secure’, Chet is also the number 8 meaning ‘new begininngs’

ו – Vav – a Nail and and means ‘to join’

ה – Hey – A Window and means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold’

Yeshua, the Spiritual Body

“…the second man is of heaven. … and as was the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:47-49).

Yeshua is considered the ‘last Adam’ or the second man who brings spiritual life.   He was not created from the dust of the earth, but came from heaven.   When we are born again, we become spiritual people and part of Yeshua’s Body.

“Yeshua answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit” (John 3:5-6).

“Now you are the body of Messiah, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:2).

The Body of Yeshua

Maturity is important aspect of spiritual growth because no man marries an infant or a child.  A man chooses a woman who is mature and capable of helping him to be his wife.  Just as a rib portion of Adam’s body was formed into his wife, his bride, while he slept so it will be with Yeshua.  A rib portion of the Body of Yeshua, those who are  the mature, who are not lulled into complacency and deception, will be formed into His Bride.

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again rather, the Sprit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.  And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’”

As part of the Body of Yeshua, we are adopted into the family of God.  We begin our new lives as spiritual infants.  This is because we are learning how to live spiritual lives.  Our nourishment is considered milk because we still act in worldly ways.  We need the elementary truths of God and teachings in righteousness.   As infants we are incapable of discerning right teachings from deceptions and are tossed back and forth by every wind of teaching and crafty cunningness of deceivers (Ephesians 4:14).

“Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit, but as people are are still worldly – mere infants in Messiah.  I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)

“In fact, … you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.  You need milk, not solid food.  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” (Hebrews 5:12).

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters” (Romans 8:29).

If fed the pure milk of the Word,  spiritual babies grow and become spiritual children, spiritual brothers and sisters of Yeshua.    We learn about our Father’s love for us (1 John 3:1)   We learn about sin and forgiveness of sin (1 John 2:12, 3:4).  We learn what it means to be a child of our Father (1 John 3:10).  We learn what it means to live in obedience (1 Peter 3:14). We also learn  that love is more than words, it is actions (1 John 3:18).

We are warned about those who can lead us astray (1 John 3:7).  We are told to keep ourselves from idols (1 John 5:21).  We learn about the  adversary, the anti-messiah (1 John 2:18).  We are also disciplined by our Father when we disobey (Hebrews 12:7). We are given spiritual gifts and we are to bear spiritual fruit.  We will also receive an inheritance in the world to come.

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward” (Colossians 3:23-24).

Inheritance of Infants and Children

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Messiah Yeshua!  In his great mercy he has given u new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Messiah Yeshua from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.  This inheritance is kept in heaven for you …” (1 Peter 1:3-4).

Spiritual infants and children receive eternal life.  They will stand before the throne in heaven waving palm branches and praising God for their salvation.   They will attend the ‘marriage supper of the Lamb’  as promised by Yeshua because they are children of Abraham by faith (Matthew 8:11).  They are the ones who praise the LORD’s majesty in the earth and His glory throughout the heavens.  They are the multitude from every tribe and tongue whose praises that establish a stronghold against the enemies of God and silence the foe and the avenger (Psalm 8:1-2, Matthew 21:16).

“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.  They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  And they cried out in a loud voice: Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9-10).

This same multitude is at the wedding of the Lamb shouting and praising God again.  “After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:  ‘Halleluyah!  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments ….’  Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters  and like the peals of thunder shouting: ‘Halleluyah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come ….” (Revelation 19:1-2, 6).

The Mature and Pure Virgin

“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:14).

From spiritual childhood, if we are trained properly through correctly handling the word of truth,  we ‘eat the meat of the Word’ and grow into spiritual maturity.  Solid food will only nourish those who desire ‘the solid food’ and to be trained in righteousness.  The spiritually mature distinguish good from evil and will test all spirits (1 John 4:1).

Spiritually mature adults are no longer contaminated with the world and its ways.  They are strong in Biblical Truth washed in the living water of the Word.    They live in obedience to the commands given to them by their Father.  They do not have idols or false gods because they have separated themselves through discernment ‘of spirits’.  They have been thoroughly trained in righteousness.   They are pure and refined.  Their garments are not stained or wrinkled.

“Just as Messiah loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:25-27).

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this … to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

Paul’s desire was that he might present the believers in Corinth to Yeshua as a pure virgin – without spot or blemish caused by the loss of a sincere and pure devotion to Messiah all stemming from deception.  This is a description of a virgin Bride.

“I promised you to one husband, to Messiah, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.  But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Messiah” (2 Corinthians 11:2-3).

Wise and Foolish Virgins

Yeshua says in Matthew 25 that both the wise and the foolish virgins, those preparing for their Bridegroom,  have lamps, but only the wise have oil.  They even have extra oil.  In the Parable everyone falls asleep.  When the Bridegroom comes, only the wise virgins are ready to go into the wedding banquet.  The foolish virgins want the oil of the wise, but this is impossible.  They need to get their own oil.  While they are gone to buy more oil, the door is shut.  The foolish virgins are left outside.

All  ten wise and foolish virgins were part of the Body of Messiah.  All ten wise and foolish virgins were betrothed to Yeshua.  All ten wise and the foolish virgins had the Word as a lamp for their paths (Psalm 119:105).  However, only the wise had oil, a symbol of the Spirit of God.   Only the wise virgins continued their pure and sincere devotion to Yeshua while waiting for his return. Only the wise virgins had oil in their lamps when the ‘appointed time’ for their Bridegroom’s return arrived.   They were prepared.  They had made themselves ready, and according to Yeshua’s own words, only his Bride makes herself ready.

“For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.  Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints)” (Revelation 19:7-8).

What are the righteous acts of the saints?  To be clear, righteous acts are not works for salvation.   ‘Righteous’ acts according to Vines Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words means ‘those who are upright and conforming to God’s Torah (law).’  It comes from the word tzdek צדק, and those who are righteous are tzedekim.  The righteous obey God’s teachings and instructions as Yeshua taught in Matthew 5.

צדק or Righteous in Hebrew Word Pictures: To draw toward the final pathway

צ – Tzadik is a Fishhook and means ‘to draw toward’

ד – Dalet is a Door and means ‘pathway’

ק – Kof is the Back of the Head and means ‘what is last, what is final’

Saints, according to Vines,  comes from the word hagios meaning holy.  This word holy signifies ‘separated from sin and consecrated to God.’  Saints, also called holy ones,  are sanctified and set apart for God by the way they choose to live and learn, grow and understand the ways of God in righteousness.

The Bride of Messiah chooses to live a set apart life while waiting for her Bridegroom. She grows from infancy and worldly ways into childhood.  She learns what is sin when she disobeys, receives forgiveness, repents and turns toward the commands of her Father, lives them out in a holy lifestyle in the midst of a fallen world,  discerns the difference between good and evil, and reaches spiritual  maturity through training in righteous living.

Daniel prophesies about other followers, foolish virgins, who are insincere and a very different group of people from those who are purified, made spotless and refined.  These foolish virgins will receive little help (have to go buy their own oil) and many will join them (the way is wide that leads to destruction).  Knowing and understanding the difference between the two virgins, wise and foolish,  takes the wisdom.

 

“When they fall, they will receive little help, and many who are not sincere will join them.  Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end …. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined … those who are wise will understand” (Daniel 11:34-35, 12:10).

The wise virgin lives  her life preparing for a marriage ceremony and a wedding feast.  She prepares  to be the Bride of the Messiah Yeshua.  She not only has a lamp, she keeps her  lamp burning with oil.  She walks in Spirit and the Truth of the Word which sanctifies her, makes her holy and righteous.  A marriage inclusive of a wedding feast to the King of Kings, a beautiful white linen gown, and ruling and reigning with him for all eternity is her reward.

“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers” (Revelation 17:13-14).

Eternal Rewards

Eternal life is a free gift through faith in Yeshua’s work on the cross, but there are several ‘crown’ rewards that he will give to the faithful.  Crowns are only given to royalty – Kings and Queens.  Not only is the Bride given fine linen along with her white robe of salvation, but she actually becomes the New Jerusalem in the new heavens and new earth.   She becomes the glory of the whole universe.    Isaiah speaks of how a bride dresses herself, and John shows how the bride, the wife of Yeshua looks.

“I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God.  For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).

“‘Come I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.’ And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.  It shown with the glory of God and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.  It had great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates.  On the gates were written the name of the twelve tribes of Israel” (Revelation 21:9-12).

Just as God created a wife for Adam from a rib portion of His body, so He will prepare a Bride for His Son from a remnant portion of His Body.  It should be the desire of every believer, young or old, to grow into spiritual maturity, prepare and be ready for the return of the Bridegroom for he will not marry an infant, toddler or rebellious teenager.

©2010 Tentstake Ministries

One Response to “Two Adams: A Rib and a Bride”

  • Teresa Smith says:

    That was very interesting. I had never heard that the immature are not eh Bride but still gain Eternal Life. But that totally makes sense.

    Again a wonderful article and resource to share with others!!

    Teresa

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