The Second Eve – Part 1

Firstly, this series is largely inspired by Frank Viola’s book, “From Eternity To Here”. If you want to understand this theme better then I highly recommend the book!

Most of us have heard that Christ is the second or last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45, 1 Cor. 15:47). This makes sense to us because Paul goes into detail of how Adam was a type of Christ (Rom. 5:14). However, I do not want to get into all the details of how Adam represented Christ. Rather, I want to look at Adam together with his wife Eve, as well as who the second or last Eve is.The story begins with Adam as described in the creation account;

After Adam was created God said something profound:

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”  – Gen. 2:18

This is the first recorded instance in the bible where God said that something was not good. This is even more significant because it was before the fall – before sin had corrupted His creation. God knew that man needed someone he could express his love to. Inside Adam was a passionate love which he needed to share with someone that could match him and return his love to him.

Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. – Gen 2:19-22

This companion was actually hidden inside Adam and he had to go into a deep sleep before she could come out of Him.

The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. – Gen 2:23-24

After Adam’s ‘resurrection’ he instantly knew that this was the companion he had been waiting for. This was somebody he could love and receive love from. The amazing part about these verses is that Paul quotes them in Ephesians chapter 5 and says:

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:25-32

Clearly, just as Adam and his bride Eve were united, so to is Christ and His bride the church. The mystery that Paul is speaking about is that just as Adam desired a companion to match him and love him, so to did Christ. God fashioned a bride for Adam by putting him into a deep sleep. Likewise, Christ was put into the deepest sleep known to man, death, and out of His side was formed His bride the Church, the second Eve. She was beautiful, had no spot or wrinkle, and she was holy and without blame just like Eve in her pre-fall condition. Just as Adam was presented with His bride Eve, Christ presented His beautiful bride to Himself.

This was part of God’s plan all along. Adam was simply a picture of the true reality, Christ Himself. And just like Adam, Christ desired a bride whom he could love and gain that love in return. Just like the Father desired Adam to have a bride, He also desired a bride for His Son. Similarly, just like the first Eve was inside Adam’s side, the second Eve was also inside Christ. Just like Adam was made one flesh with Eve, so to are we one flesh with Christ (1 Cor. 6:17).

The great mystery was that from eternity past, Christ desired a bride for which he went to unimaginable lengths to obtain. This romance of the ages is seen throughout the bible in other types and shadows and will be consummated at the end of Revelation where we see the Lamb and His bride dwelling together for eternity.

I hope this post has introduced you to the second Eve and stirred up a passion within you to see her, the bride of Christ, in all her glory. May you see the passion that Christ has for His bride the Church and the lengths He went to obtain her. The Church is not some building you go to, No, she is Christ’s beautiful bride. She is you and me joined together in love and He went to great lengths to obtain her. May we as the bride give him the love and devotion He deserves.

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  1. Chapter 2 of the Glorious Church by Watchman Nee is on “The Type of Eve.” If we want to see God’s heavenly, eternal view concerning the church, we need to go back to the beginning in Gen 2:18-23. That God said that it was “not good for the man to be alone” meant that it was not good for Christ to be alone. God does not just want the individual Christ but the Body of Christ, the bride of Christ, to be the fullness of Christ (Eph 1:22-23).

    But how does God gain His eternal purpose for Christ with the church (5:32)? It is through His redeeming and life-releasing death (John 19:34, 36).

    In the type in Genesis 2, before man fell, it was the “rib” from the sleeping Adam’s side, that God used to build a woman, Eve, to match him. In the New Testament fulfillment, it is the blood and water from the pierced side of the crucified Christ that used to produce the church as a pure product of Christ, the real Eve.

    So, as Watchman Nee put it, if it’s not Christ, it’s not the church. For only that which was taken from Christ’s side can become His counterpart to match Him.

    I really enjoyed your post. I hope to fellowship with you more in the coming days.

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