The Counterpart of Christ

New JerusalemThis post continues the excerpts from Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ. Details about this book are here.

Genesis 2:18 tells us that, speaking about Adam, “Jehovah God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper as his counterpart.” Romans 5:14 tells us that Adam is a type, a pattern, a symbol, of Christ. For Adam to need a counterpart is a picture of Christ desiring a counterpart.

God in the beginning was merely God. He was alone. But it is not good for God to be alone (Gen. 2:18). He desires a counterpart. Jesus came not merely to be the Redeemer but to be the Bridegroom, and as such He needs a bride (John 3:29). Paul says that he had betrothed the Corinthian believers as a pure virgin to Christ (2 Cor. 11:2). Ephesians 5 reveals that the church is the wife of Christ, and Christ is the Husband. Then in the book of Revelation we are told that the wife has made herself ready and that the marriage of the Lamb has come (19:7). From that time God will never be alone. Our God will be a married God. He will marry the holy city, the New Jerusalem, as His bride. At the beginning of the Bible, God is looking for a counterpart. At the end of the Bible, He is no longer alone; He is with His bride. This is God’s eternal purpose.

In Revelation 21:9-10 an angel says, “I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” At the end of the Bible, Christ, the Lamb, has gained His counterpart, the New Jerusalem. Because of this Revelation 19:7 says, “Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come.”

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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