For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4



 A Bible Study - Commentary by Jim Melough

Copyright 2001 James Melough



2:21.  “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;”

Having established that there was no creature fit to be Adam’s companion and help, God proceeded to supply the lack, and in the method used He has painted a symbolic miniature of Calvary.

The deep death-like sleep that fell upon Adam in the Garden of Eden typifies the sleep of death that fell upon the last Adam (1 Cor 15:45), for concerning the place where Christ died, it is written, “Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden,” Jn 19:41.

While Adam was in that death-like sleep, God opened his side.  It wasn’t until He was dead that Christ’s side was opened, “But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs; but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water,” Jn 19:33-34.  Only that blood can cleanse sin, and that water is a type of the written Word which brings to man awareness of his need of that blood.  That Word believed, and that blood applied by faith, make men and women new creatures (as was Eve), and members of that mystical body the Church which is the bride of the last Adam.

2:22.  “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”

As with the first Adam, so also with the Last.  The head of the earthly creation must have a companion similar to himself, and the Head of all creation must also have a companion similar to Himself.  During this dispensation or age of grace (from Pentecost till the Rapture), every believer becomes a member of that mystical body, the Church, the companion, the bride of Christ.  And as Eve was presented to Adam so will the Church - some by resurrection, some by translation, 1 Cor 15:51-52, 1 Thes 4:16-17 - be presented to Christ at the Rapture, to be His bride, His companion eternally.  Her fitness to be that companion is because, like Eve made in nature like Adam, all believers are made in nature like Christ, for they possess His life, His nature, and are clothed in His righteousness at the moment of conversion, as Paul assures us, “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular,” 1 Cor 12:27, “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the church,” Eph 5:30-32.

It is interesting to note that the word “made” in this verse is literally “builded,” a fact which continues to emphasize the parallel between the making of the bride of the first Adam and that of the last Adam.  The Church is also being builded of living stones, see 1 Pe 2:5, “Ye also, as lively (living) stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood....”

2:23.  “And Adam 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.”

This stresses not simply similarity, but complete identification.  She was in every aspect of her nature like Adam.  The believer enjoys similar identification with Christ, as it is written, “For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones,” Eph 5:30, and at the Rapture when the spiritual body replaces the physical, the completeness of that affinity will be seen, for every believer is predestinated to be conformed to the image of Christ, as it is written, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son....” Ro 8:29.

Having had all other creatures brought to him to be named, this new creature, the one perfectly suited to be his companion, was also brought, and he named her, “Woman because she was taken out of Man.”  His own name became hers.  On that day when the Church is presented to Christ, every believer will have the name of Christ upon him, see Re 3:12, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God ... and I will write upon him the name of my God ... and I will write upon him my new name.”

2:24.  “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

This final detail of the divine miniature isn’t difficult to interpret.  It pictures the indissoluble bond that links the Redeemer and His redeemed.


     Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version
© 2000-2005 James Melough