The Unbroken Life of Christ

Douglas fir forest, OR, Dr. David Goodrich, NOAAGenesis 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.”

A series of posts beginning here have considered the garden of Eden as a foretelling of what is in New Jerusalem. The garden and the city have many parallels. My previous post was about the God’s building of the rib of Adam into his bride Eve. Since Genesis 2 is full of spiritual pictures, what is the significance of the rib?

The rib taken from Adam’s opened side typifies the unbreakable, indestructible eternal life of Christ (Heb. 7:16), which flowed out of His pierced side (John 19:34) to impart life to His believers for the producing and building up of the church as His complement.*

The rib as a picture of the unbreakable life of Christ is also seen in Exodus 12:46 where Israel was instructed not to break any bone of the Passover lamb, which was a picture of Jesus as the real Lamb of God (John 1:29). The instruction in Exodus was fulfilled in John 19:32-36 when the soldiers broke the legs of the two men being crucified with Jesus but did not break any one of His bones.

In resurrection our Lord was appointed a priest according to the order of Melchisedec. This appointment was “according to the power of an indestructible life” (Hebrews 7:16). This is the life signified by the rib taken from Adam’s side.

This is the divine and eternal life by which the church is constituted and being built up today. This life, is portrayed by tree of life and river of life in New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:1-2), will sustain New Jerusalem eternally.

* A note on Genesis 2:21 in The Holy Bible, Recovery Version,,  published and © 2003 by Living Stream Ministry.

Photo by Dr. David Goodrich, courtesy of NOAA/U.S. Department of Commerce.

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