The Bride of Christ
“Christ 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 I've often been asked about the concept of the “bride of Christ.” This relationship actually began with creation.
Look at the way God created Eve.
Genesis 2:21 says, “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman and He brought her to the man.”
There are two interesting points here. First, God put Adam to sleep. The Hebrew word for sleep, accurately translated, means a state more like anesthesia. It is as if God put Adam under anesthesia and performed surgery.
Secondly, “rib” is a poor translation. The same Hebrew or Greek word is used 35 times in Scripture, and in at least 20 instances it is more accurately translated as “side.” The woman was created from Adam’s side.
As others have noted, she came neither from the man's head to rule over him, nor from his feet to be inferior to him, but from his side, nearest his heart, signifying total equality and complete companionship.
But why anesthesia?
Pain and suffering would not enter the human equation until after the fall, so this “sleep” was not necessary. Interestingly, the analogy of “sleep” is the same analogy Jesus used to describe death for the believer.
Adam "died" to receive his bride.
Do you see a picture here of Jesus Christ and His Church? While Jesus suffered on the cross, a Roman soldier took a spear and thrust it into His side; out of this wound gushed water and blood.
When Genesis says that God opened up Adam's side, from which He took flesh and blood and bone, the literal translation is that He “built” a woman.
“On this rock I will build my Church,” Jesus said.
His Church, His Bride.
Ephesians chapter 5 teaches us that the Church has a heavenly Bridegroom who went into a deep sleep of death, in whose body not a bone was broken but whose flesh was torn at the side.
From the life of Adam God created Eve.
From the life of Christ He built the Church, the Bride of Christ.
Jesus was willing to lay down His life to demonstrate the greatest love of all.
[Photo: Aaron Phoenix, CreationSwap]