The Church in Genesis

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Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 

Luke 24:27

Last time we were in Genesis, chapter 1. As we continue on our quest we don’t have far to go. But before we dive into Genesis, chapter 2, we first need to understand that Jesus is the second Adam. Jesus came to recover what Adam lost by his sin. Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. (1 Corinthians 15:45) Okay, now we’re ready to take a look at Genesis, chapter 2:

So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man [Adam], and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman [Eve] and brought her to the man. – Genesis 2:21-22

Not From Dust

Now Eve was not created from dust, as Adam was, but she was created from the open side of Adam. Likewise, the Church was not born from dust (i.e., Adam’s descendants) but from the open side of Jesus.

But one of the soldiers pierced his [Jesus’] side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. (John 19:34)

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)

Eve was a real person but she was also a type or foreshadow of the Church, the Bride of Christ. Eve was the bride of Adam and the Church is the Bride of Christ Jesus. How cool is that! We’ve barely scratched the surface of the Bible and we are already finding Jesus.

R.C. Sproul wrote: Augustine [an early Church father] is often quoted as saying: “The New Testament is in the Old concealed; the Old is in the New revealed.” This phrase encapsulates the New Testament’s view that without the teachings of Jesus and His apostles, we cannot grasp the true significance of the old covenant (Luke 24:25–272 Cor. 3:15–16).

The Old Testament Is Vital

There are many in Christianity that find no use of the Old Testament. Others grudgingly recognize the Old Testament but never teach it. But we’ve seen that the Old Testament is not just important, it’s vital to Christianity, for Jesus is there, in the Old Testament, from the very first verse. If we were to throw out the Old Testament, we would be throwing out Jesus!

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