Emanna for 05/08/2019
Adam and Eve - A Picture of Christ and the Church
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. (32) This mystery is great, but I speak with regard to Christ and the church. 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.
Words of Ministry
...According to the book of Genesis, firstly, God formed man's body from the dust of the ground. Then He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul (Gen. 2:7). After God created man, He said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him." Within Adam there was the desire to have a counterpart, to have someone to match him. Among the cattle, the beasts, and the fowl, there was no counterpart to Adam. In order to produce such a counterpart, "the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam." While Adam slept, the Lord took one of Adam's ribs and used it for the building of a woman. In life, nature, and form the woman was the same as the man. Therefore, when God brought the woman to Adam, Adam exclaimed, "This time it is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh." Because there was no counterpart for Christ in the created universe, God caused Christ to die on the cross. As He slept there, His side was opened, and blood and water came forth. John 19 speaks of blood, which solves the problem of sin. The water signifies the flowing life of Christ, the eternal life, which produces the church.... It is with this eternal life that the church is built up as the Bride, the counterpart prepared for Christ. In this building up of the Bride, Christ gains the church as a match for Himself.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 445-446. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 11/21/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.