Adam’s Rib And the End that God is Driving To

    John 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

    John 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

    John 17:22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

    John 17:23  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

     

    Eph 5:31  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.

    Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

     

    Rev 21:22  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

     

    God is driving to an end in which He dwells with men in a tabernacle.  This tabernacle is not a tent like it was in the wilderness, nor is it a temple made with finest earthly materials as it was in Solomon’s day.  These things only portrayed the true tabernacle that God was driving toward.  The true tabernacle that God is driving toward is Himself, Him in us and us in Him.  

     

    Jesus is that tabernacle.  Believers are resurrected in His tabernacle[1].  This is what Paul was referring to In Ephesians 5:31-32 where he spoke of the great mystery of Christ and His church becoming one flesh.   It is for this reason that there is no temple in the New Heavens and New Earth.  God and man are one tabernacle, one in spirit and one in flesh.  This is the end that God is driving to.

    And I will give them an heart of flesh…Ezekiel 11:17-20

     

    Ezek 11:17  Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.

    Ezek 11:18  And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.

    Ezek 11:19  And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

    Ezek 11:20  That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

     

    The Bible traces the root of our sin problem to our flesh[2].  It also says that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God[3].  Yet in these verses from Ezekiel God promises to give the redeemed of Israel an heart of flesh.   God is speaking of the new tabernacle that the saints will inhabit in the resurrection[4].  This tabernacle is still flesh; it is just a different kind of flesh[5].

     

    We are saved from sin by two events: the new birth and the redemption of our bodies[6].  The new birth is when God’s Spirit comes to abide in our hearts; this is the earnest of our salvation[7].  The redemption of our bodies occurs when we are resurrected in a flesh made like unto Jesus’ glorious body.  Once our bodies are redeemed we will be free from the struggle with sin forever.  It is then walk in God’s statutes and keep His ordinances.  Ezekiel 11:17-20 refers to both of these events.  It speaks of our full salvation and the end that God is driving to. 

    And the rib made He a woman…Genesis 2:21-24

     

    Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come, Romans 5:14. 

     

    Gen 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;

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

    Gen 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.

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

     

    Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

    Eph 5:31  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.

    Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

     

    Romans 5:14 reminds us that Adam was a figure of Christ. He portrayed things that Christ would do. God formed the wife of Adam from his rib to portray that the body of Christ’s bride – the redeemed – would be formed from Christ’s own body.  This is all a part of the larger work to make us one tabernacle:  His flesh, His Spirit, Him in us and us in Him.  We will be one tabernacle.  This is the mystery Paul was referring to in Ephesians 5:30-32.

    Behold the tabernacle of God is with men…Revelation 21:1-3

     

    Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

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

    Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God…

     

    Rev 21:22  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

    Rev 21:23  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

    Rev 21:24  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

    Rev 21:25  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

    Rev 21:26  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

    Rev 21:27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

     

    In the new heavens and new earth there is city called the New Jerusalem.  Just as the present Jerusalem is at the heart of Jewish life and worship, the New Jerusalem will be at the heart of the life and worship of God’s eternal family.  There is one key feature missing in the New Jerusalem.  There is no temple.  The earthly temple as a meeting place for God and man only foreshadowed what God was driving to:  eternally close fellowship between God and man.  In the new heavens and new earth God dwells with us and in us.  This is the end that God is driving to.  There is no need for a temple.

    A greater and more perfect tabernacle…Hebrews 9:11

     

    Heb 9:11  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building[8];

     

    Christ is a High Priest of good things to come.  These good things take place for all of eternity in the New Heavens and New Earth.  This verse from Hebrews links Christ’s role as High Priest over these good things to the tabernacle in which He came.  The verses we have studied above help us understand the reason for this linkage.  Our eternal tabernacles – the place where we meet with God – are formed from His flesh. Earthly flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.  Had Christ’s flesh been of the earth neither He nor we would have hope of this inheritance.  There could have been no end in which God and His people dwell together in perfect fellowship and love. 

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    God is driving to an in which we are one in Him: one in spirit and one in flesh.  It is at that time that Jesus prayer in John 17 will have been fully answered.  We will have glory that Jesus had with the Father before the world began[9].  When Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life; He was referring to this truth.  In other words, He was saying, “Look at me, what I am is what you hope for.  I am the end that God is driving to.”  If Jesus had come in a body of clay then the end that God is driving to could not have been achieved.  Thankfully Jesus didn’t come in a body of dead clay; rather He came down from heaven in a body of life.  Because of this we have hope of an eternity in which dwell in a tabernacle with God.

     

    Let the scriptures speak.


    [1] Phillipians 3:20-21.

    [2] Romans 7:17-25

    [3] I Corinthians 15

    [4] The scriptures commonly refer to our bodies as tabernacles.  Our earthly tabernacles are only shadows of the glorious tabernacle that we will inhabit in the resurrection. 

    [5] I Corinthians 15:39-40.

    [6] Really there is a third and fourth event:  the final judgments upon the enemies of God that take place in the last days and the coming of the New Heavens and the New Earth.  It is with these events, in combination with the new birth and the redemption of our bodies, that all sin and the effects of sin will have been expunged from the creation.

    [7] 2 Corinthians 5:1-5

    [8] See  blog Look No Hands!.

    [9] See blog Jesu – The Firstborn of Every Creature.

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