The first part of what is written here can be found at the link below.
Now, if Adam is representative of Jesus who then does Eve represent? It would seem that Eve represents the church. In Ephesians 5:23 we are told:
For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church…
Again we see that man (Adam) is the natural and Jesus is the spiritual. Furthermore we see that the woman/wife (Eve) is the natural and the church is the spiritual. So, here it is shown that the woman (Eve) is a representative or a natural picture of the church of Christ and the man (Adam) is a representative or a natural picture of Jesus.
Paul continues in Ephesians 5 to say; as Jesus loved the church so man is to love his wife as his own body, nourish and cherish her being willing to lay down his life for her just as Jesus did for the church…for no man ever hated his own body. Again the man is a picture of Jesus and the woman the church where she (the woman) is pictured as the body of the man even as the church is the body of Christ.
One place this picture is visible is in the account of Adam and Eve partaking of the fruit of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. In Gen 3:1-7 the narrative unfolds as follows:
1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. NKJV
We have all heard and read this story and one thing that stands out is that Eve was the one who first took the fruit and ate the fruit. Yet according to the scriptures it was through Adam that all have been born into sin.
Rom. 5:14 - Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. ESV
1 Cor. 15:21-22 - 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. ESV
Why is Adam charged with the sin in the garden when it was Eve that initiated the process? The answer is twofold the first part being that as Christ laid down his life for the church so also Adam (a type of Jesus) laid down his life and became sin for his body/Eve (a type of the church). In other words he took on the sin of Eve by partaking of the fruit with her.
Secondly, according to the scriptures we learn that Eve was deceived into eating the fruit whereas Adam was not deceived but did eat willingly and knowingly. In 1 Tim 2:13-15 we examine these words:
13 For Adam was created first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and transgressed. HCSB
Adam took upon himself the transgression of Eve just as Jesus took upon himself the transgressions of us all. This then established Adam (man), as what has come to be known, as the head of Eve (woman) just as Jesus is the head of his body the church. For Adam was charged with the sin not Eve and it is in Adam all die not in Eve.
The head as opposed to the body is something that causes much consternation in the Husband/Wife discourse. Nevertheless, it is a principal that God set forth in the scriptures beginning with Adam. However, it is not a principal only between man and woman it is also a principal between man and Jesus and Jesus and the Father. For all believers are under the headship of the Father.
1 Cor 11:3 - But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. NKJV
Though in our day and age scoffing may accompany any mention of “head” or “headship”, this principal is seen within the scriptures in various places. One place it is seen is in Num 1:2-4:
Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of names, every male individually, from twenty years old and above — all who are able to go to war in Israel. You and Aaron shall number them by their armies. And with you there shall be a man from every tribe, each one the head of his father's house. NKJV
Again two things are seen here; first we notice that only men are to be counted to go to war and not women. Secondly we read that there was to be a representative for each tribe and that person was to be the “head” of his father’s house (i.e. the tribe).
The term “head” is used here speaking of the man who is leading “his father’s house”. It is the word “his” as in “his father’s house” that lets us know that it is a male. So, we can note that the principal of “headship” goes back quite a ways.
A curiosity that stands out is why only the men were counted in those that were able to go to war? In our day and age this would seem like an atrocity and there would be much protesting regarding this matter. Yet God being who He is knew best.
What is being shown to us here?
.....to be continued.