The Bride in the Garden and the City

Christ loved the church and gave HimselfRecent posts (starting here) have compared the garden of Eden and New Jerusalem. In the garden we find God and man, as well as redemption, the tree of life, the river of life, precious materials, and the bride. In the garden these are spiritual pictures, but in New Jerusalem we see all of these as spiritual realities.

Genesis 2:21-22 says, “Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place. And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.”

In Romans 5:14 we learn that Adam “is a type/a symbol of Him who was to come.” Therefore, Eve coming to Adam as his bride is a picture of the church being presented to Christ as His bride. Christ “loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25) that “He might present the church to Himself glorious” (v. 27).

Adam’s “deep sleep” was a picture of Christ’s death, a picture of His giving Himself up for the church. In Adam’s case, without the complication of sin, his bride was presented to him immediately after his sleep. In Christ’s case, due to the fall of man, between His resurrection and the presenting of the church, there is a long period of sanctifying and washing away all the blemishes (Ephesians 5:26-27).

When the Lord Jesus returns, all the preparation work will have been done and the church will be His bride. The fullness of the bride will then be seen in New Jerusalem. Thus, in Revelation 21:2 John tells us, “I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

For more about this part of Genesis 2:
Chapter 2 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee is about Eve as a type of the church and Adam’s deep sleep as a type of the death of Christ. This is available for reading online; select it in this list.

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  1. I just love the way the Lord loves the Church. She is so precious to Him that He “sold all He had” and bought the one precious pearl with His own blood. May we all have eyes like Him that we would also treasure what the Lord treasures.

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  2. Lord, cause us to treasure what You treasure and to put aside all other things.

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  3. We, the church, are God’s building, Christ’s bride and body, and the Holy Spirit’s temple. We are His because God made Himself ours. These images picture that glorious mystery of God’s love for His people and the opportunity He has given for us to live and function in intimate fellowship with Him and each other, now and forevermore.

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