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).

The Body and Bride of Adam

“But for Adam there was not found a companion suitable for helping him. Then God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the person; and while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and closed up the place from which he took it with flesh. The rib which Adonai, God, had taken from the person, he made a woman-person; and he brought her to the man-person. The man-person said, “At last! This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. She is to be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Genesis 2:20-22). 

When God made man, the Hebrew word ish, from the dust of the ground, He observed that man was alone and this was not a good situation.  So He made a companion for the man from his rib or more correctly translated “flesh from his side.” The helpmeet was called woman or in Hebrew isha. Thus from the body of Adam came Eve (Chavah), his companion and wife.  When Adam saw the woman Adonai brought to him, he exclaimed she is “bone from his bones and flesh from 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.  Chava was the first wife.  Together they became the first married couple in the natural, physical realm.  Through them all humanity, men and women, came to being.  Through Adam came the ‘body of mankind.’

“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).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Adom (Red Earth) or אדם – alef, dalet, mem

– first pathway of the mighty (water)

Chavah (Life) or Eve or חבה – chet, vav, hey

– inner room (heart) tie revealed

The Body of Yeshua

“The second man is from heaven.  People born of dust are like the man [Adam] of dust, and people born from heaven are like the man [Yeshua] from heaven;  and just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, so also we will bear the image of the man from heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:47-49).

Yeshua is called the second Adam or ‘last Adam’ who brings spiritual life.   Though he was born physically like a man, spiritually he was birthed from heaven.  When each of us are born again by water and Spirit into the Kingdom of God, we become spiritual people and part of the Body of Messiah Yeshua (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).

Infants

As part of the Body of Yeshua, each of us begins our new life in the Kingdom as spiritual infants. We drink spiritual milk which gives us the basic nutrition we need to grow in faith and walk in the Spirit.  This is called being taught the elementary truths of Elohim for understanding the foundational life-path of righteousness.  Like infants we are dependent on others for nourishment and incapable of discerning good from evil.  Some who are born again never leave this stage of growth and remain spiritual babes growing fat on formulas or milk.  They are tossed back and forth by every wind of doctrine and are easily deceived (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).

Children

After being nourished on the pure milk of the Word, some spiritual babies grow and become spiritual children, spiritual brothers and sisters of Yeshua.  In this stage of their born again life, they learn about their Father’s love (1 John 3:1).  They learn what it means to be a child of their Father (1 John 3:10).  They learn about the the rules in their Father’s house (Torah), and they learn about sin and forgiveness (1 John 2:12, 3:4).  They learn what it means to obey the household rules and are disciplined when they fall short  (1 Peter 3:14, Hebrews 12:7). They also learn  that love is more than mere words, it includes actions (1 John 3:18).  As spiritual children they learn about idols and how to keep from falling into idolatry (1 John 5:12).  They learn about the Adversary who desires to win their soul (1 John 2:18).

“For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to bring you back again into fear; on the contrary, you received the Spirit, who makes us sons and by whose power we cry out, “Abba!” (that is, “Dear Father!”) (Romans 8:15).

“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).

“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).

The Inheritance and Reward

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Messiah Yeshua!  In his great mercy he has given us 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 the free gift of eternal life.  They will stand before the throne in heaven waving palm branches and praising Elohim for their salvation.  They will attend the ‘marriage supper of the Lamb’  as guests because they are children of Abraham (Matthew 8:11).  They will praise the Elohim’s majesty in the earth and His glory throughout the heavens.  They comprise the multitude from every tribe and tongue whose praises 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).

“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).

Mature Adults

Growing into maturity should be the goal of everyone who enters the Kingdom.  Maturity comes through eating solid food, the meat of the Word and walking in the Spirit.  Each believer is given unique spiritual gifts in order to bear spiritual fruit for the Kingdom (Galatians 5:23-24).  As a mature spiritual adult, they leave the elementary teachings found in Hebrews 6 and become transformed into the image of Messiah.  They have wisdom of Messiah that is not of this world (1 Corinthians 2:6).  They will stand firm and completely confident devoting their entire lives to God’s will (Colossians 4:12).  They will discern the difference between good and evil, light and darkness (Hebrews 5:14). They will press on toward the upward high calling in Messiah (Philippians 3:14).

Spiritually mature adults are not contaminated with the world and its carnality.  They walk as Yeshua told the woman at the well – in Spirit and in Truth – not one or the other.  They live by faith in obedience to the commands given to them by their Father.  They do not worship idols or embrace the ideologies of false gods because they have separated themselves and made themselves ‘holy.’ 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).

“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).

Maturity is important when it comes to being part of the Bride of Messiah.  No human man marries an infant or a child.  An adult man chooses a woman who is mature and capable of being his helpmeet.  Just as a rib portion of a mature man’s body (Adam) was formed into his bride (Chava), a rib portion of the Body of Yeshua, those who have attained maturity, will be formed into his eternal Bride.

Significant to the creation of Eve was that the body of Adam slept.  The same will be true of Messiah’s Bride.  While the Body of Yeshua is lulled into sleep through complacency and even great deception in the end times, only those who are mature and wise will be taken into the wedding chamber and formed into Yeshua’s Bride.

Wise and Foolish Virgins

Yeshua tells the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins in Matthew 25.  They are preparing for the arrival of their Bridegroom.  They all have lamps, but only the wise have oil.   In the Parable all of the virgins fall  asleep, but only the wise virgins are able to light their lamps when they hear the Bridegroom arriving.  Only the wise virgins are prepared to go into the bridal chamber with their Bridegroom.  The foolish virgins ask the wise virgins for oil, but the oil cannot be shared.  While the foolish virgins go to buy oil, the Bridegroom arrives and takes the wise virgins as his Bride. He shuts the door and the foolish ones lose the greatest reward.

All  ten virgins were part of Yeshua’s Body.  All ten virgins were betrothed to Yeshua.  All ten virgins had the Word as a lamp (Psalm 119:105).  However, only the wise had oil, a symbol of the Spirit of God.  Only the wise virgins maintained their pure and sincere devotion to Yeshua while waiting for his return. Only the wise virgins were prepared with enough oil in their lamps when the ‘appointed time’ for their Bridegroom’s return arrived.   They had made themselves ready and only a real 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?  ‘Righteous’ acts according to Vines Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words means ‘those who are upright and conforming to God’s law (Torah).’   Righteous comes from the Hebrew word tzdek and those who are righteous are tzedekim.   The righteous obey Elohim’s instructions just as Yeshua taught in Matthew 5.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Righteous or tzdek – tzadik, dalet, kof

– desire what is behind the door or pathway

Saints, according to Vines,  comes from the word hagios and means ‘holy’.  This word ‘holy’ means ‘separated from sin and consecrated to God.’  Saints are sanctified people, set apart for God by the way they choose to live, grow and understand the righteous ways of Elohim.  The Bride of Messiah chooses to live a consecrated life while waiting for her Bridegroom.  She lives her life preparing for a marriage ceremony and the wedding supper o the Lamb.  Her reward is a beautiful white linen gown and she sites beside her Bridegroom to rule and reign with him for all eternity.

Rewards and Crowns

There are several crowns Yeshua gives as rewards to his people.  Crowns are given to royalty and those given authority to rule.

“Now every athlete in training submits himself to strict discipline, and he does it just to win a laurel wreath that will soon wither away. But we do it to win a crown that will last forever” (1 Corinthians 9:25).

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. All that awaits me now is the crown of righteousness which the Lord, “the Righteous Judge,” will award to me on that Day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for him to appear (2 Timothy 4:7-8). 

“How blessed is the man who perseveres through temptation! For after he has passed the test, he will receive as his crown the Life which God has promised to those who love him(James 1:12).

Not only is the Bride given fine linen along with her robe of salvation and crowns,  but she is transformed into the New Jerusalem in the new heavens and new earth.   As the Bride of Messiah, she becomes the glory of the whole universe.

“I am so joyful in Adonai! My soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in salvation, dressed me with a robe of triumph, like a bridegroom wearing a festive turban, like a bride adorned with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).

“One of the seven angels having the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues approached me and said, “Come! I will show you the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb.” He carried me off in the Spirit to the top of a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city, Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God. It had the Sh’khinah of God, so that its brilliance was like that of a priceless jewel, like a crystal-clear diamond. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates; at the gates were twelve angels; and inscribed on the gates were the names of the twelve tribes of Isra’el” (Revelation 21:9-12).

Just as Elohim created a wife for Adam from a rib portion of his body, so He will prepare a Bride for His Son from a rib portion of Yeshua’s Body.  It should be the desire of every believer, young or old, to grow into spiritual maturity for Yeshua will not marry an infant, toddler or rebellious teenager.  Yeshua will marry only the wise virgins, the foolish ones have a different fate.

“When they fall, they will receive little help [have to buy their own oil], and many who are not sincere will join them [the way is wide that leads to destruction].  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).

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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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