Monday, 30 May 2011

A Thought on The Great Marriage

It's interesting to note that when God makes his salvation promise to the human race after the fall in the Garden of Eden, he doesn't include Adam, he only includes Eve (Gen.3:15). Why is that?

This isn't because God is giving Adam the cold shoulder treatment, rather he is pictorially presenting a spiritual truth, namely, that Adam is (spiritually) dead. He can no longer bring life and health to the human race. Yes, he and Eve will have children, but his offspring will be spiritual stillborns and will not inherit eternal life. If they want eternal life, Adam, Eve and their descendants will have to seek it from a source other than their biological father.

Eve, now a spiritual widower, (and herself subject to death) is given the promise that through her one will come who will break that curse and thus restore life to humanity and, by implication with it, the consummation of marital joy.

She will one day be married to a new Adam, a second Adam. An Adam who is not made in the image of God, but who truly is God. A new Adam who comes not from below, from the dust, but one who comes from above, from Heaven itself. A true Adam who brings not death, but life - eternal life - that is fellowship with God the Father and God the Son through God the Holy Spirit. An Adam who transforms this frail bride of dust to be suitable glorious divine bride for himself. A bride whom he calls to follow him through death to resurrection life. A Bride who is transformed into his nature and likeness.(1Cor.15:45-46ff).

This bride does not have the appearance of godliness through mindless and heartless obedience to law, (Col.2:22-23) for what relationship is pleasurable if it is only founded on rule keeping? Rather, she has become a participator in the holy love and divine nature of this new Adam through his death and resurrection. She is the (re)new(ed) sister-bride (Gen.2:23). Just as God did not expect the first Adam to marry an aardvark, (Gen.2:20) God the Father will not unite his Son to one who is not like him, who is not of the same Spirit.

Thus having been raised to life in the Spirit and united to the new Adam (Christ) and his Father, the church - the bride of Christ - will enjoy marital bliss in the paradise of the renewed world for ever.

It is to this great reality, that all our little marriages point.

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