The first Adam had been given a bride in all the purity of her first innocence. But afterward Adam charged her with causing his own sin when she fell into temptation, because she had given him the fruit of the tree (Gen 3:12). Contrariwise, the last Adam took His bride’s sin upon Himself, suffering the fruit of her sin upon the tree, and restoring her to her original purity. It is in His redemptive love that the last Adam is greater than the first.
When God said that is was not good for Adam to be alone, He caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. Adam’s side was opened, and he suffered wounding even though he was as yet without sin. Out of the wounded and bloody side of this innocent man, God took the substance from which He fashioned the bride. Then God healed Adam’s wound, and awakened the man to behold his bride in all her purity and perfection (Gen 2:21–23).
As a New Adam, Jesus likewise required a bride. So John described how Father God brought upon Jesus the sleep of death. Even though He was without sin, His side was opened, and from the wound flowed blood and water—blood for the bride’s purchase and water for her purification (J 19:34). Father God then healed Jesus’ wound, and awakened His Son from death to receive His bride in all her purity and perfection.
As the first Adam made a garden into a grave, so the Last Adam makes a grave into a garden!
 Gage, W. A. (2001). John’s Gospel: A Neglected Key to Revelation? (108). Fort Lauderdale, FL: Warren A. Gage.
 Gage, W. A. (2001). John’s Gospel: A Neglected Key to Revelation? (109). Fort Lauderdale, FL: Warren A. Gage.
 Gage, W. A. (2001). John’s Gospel: A Neglected Key to Revelation? (112). Fort Lauderdale, FL: Warren A. Gage.
Published on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 @ 4:42 AM CDT