phesians 5:22-25 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

Colossians 3:18-19 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit unto the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

NOTE: The Lord Jesus Christ’s body (The Church) bears the same relationship to Him that a wife bears to her husband.

Eve, and a man’s wife, stand in relation to their husbands, as the Body of Christ, the Church, stands in relation to Christ.

When Adam saved his wife, he had to die to save her.
Christ had to die to save the Church.

Adam’s wife was part of his body.
Christ’s wife is part of His body.

Adam’s bride was taken from below his heart, and his side was pierced so that a rib could be extracted.
Jesus Christ was crucified, and was pierced below the fifth rib, when He died on the cross for sinners.

Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

Ephesians 5:28-33 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Genesis 2:21-24 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. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of the Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleve unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Adam’s wife, Eve, was taken from his body therefore Adam’s wife was a part of his body.

Adam had to die, or sleep the sleep of death.

The Body of Christ, the Church, stands in relation to Christ.

Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Adam had to die, or sleep «the sleep of death» in order to get his wife.
Christ died and his body was in the ground three days and three nights, to get His wife.

Adam’s wife is «bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh.»
Christ’s wife is «bone of His bone, and flesh of His flesh.»

She (the Church) is His body.

Adam’s wife was obtained by the shedding of blood.
Christ’s wife is obtained by the shedding of blood.

Adam had to die in order to save his wife.
Chirst had to die to save the Church.

«I am married unto you.»
Jeremiah 3:14

Christ Jesus is joined unto His people in marriage-union. In love He
espoused His Church as a chaste virgin, long before she fell under the
yoke of bondage. Full of burning affection He toiled, like Jacob for
Rachel, until the whole of her purchase-money had been paid, and now,
having sought her by His Spirit, and brought her to know and love Him, He
awaits the glorious hour when their mutual bliss shall be consummated at
the marriage-supper of the Lamb. Not yet hath the glorious Bridegroom
presented His betrothed, perfected and complete, before the Majesty of
heaven; not yet hath she actually entered upon the enjoyment of her
dignities as His wife and queen: she is as yet a wanderer in a world of
woe, a dweller in the tents of Kedar; but she is even now the bride, the
spouse of Jesus, dear to His heart, precious in His sight, written on His
hands, and united with His person. On earth He exercises towards her all
the affectionate offices of Husband. He makes rich provision for her
wants, pays all her debts, allows her to assume His name, and to share in
all His wealth. Nor will He ever act otherwise to her. The word divorce He
will never mention, for «He hateth putting away.»

Death must sever the conjugal tie between the most loving mortals, but it
cannot divide the links of this immortal marriage. In heaven they marry
not, but are as the angels of God; yet there is this one marvellous
exception to the rule, for in Heaven Christ and His Church shall celebrate
their joyous nuptials. This affinity as it is more lasting, so is it more
near than earthly wedlock. Let the love of husband be never so pure and
fervent, it is but a faint picture of the flame which burns in the heart
of Jesus. Passing all human union is that mystical cleaving unto the
Church, for which Christ left His Father, and became one flesh with her.

Taken from Daily Spurgeon

Пятница, 25 июля, 2014 at 14:47
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