2017 ITEROF Message Nine


The Recovery Of The Church

Message Nine

The Status of the Church—the Counterpart of Christ

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

And Jehovah God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper as his counterpart.- Gen. 2:18

And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.—22.

even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.—Eph.5:25-27.

Word of Appetizer

In Genesis 2 what do we see in the types of Adam and Eve?

Adam typifies God in Christ as the real, universal Husband, who is seeking a wife for Himself; “Jehovah God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper as his counterpart”—Gen. 2:18; Adam’s need for a wife typifies and portrays God’s need, in His economy, to have a wife as His counterpart, His complement. Although God, Christ, is absolutely and eternally perfect, He is not complete without the church as His wife

Spiritual Burden

God desires to have both Adam, typifying Christ, and Eve, typifying the church; His purpose is to “let them have dominion” (1:26); His purpose is to have a victorious Christ plus a victorious church, a Christ who has overcome the work of the devil plus a church that has overthrown the work of the devil; God wants Christ and the church to have dominion.

The Lord’s recovery is for the preparation of the bride of Christ, who is composed of all the overcomers

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

The entire Bible is a divine romance, a record of how God courts His chosen people and eventually marries them.

In Genesis 2 we see a picture of Christ and the church in the types of Adam and Eve

We need to see what God did in order to produce a counterpart for Himself

The Experience of Life

When we as God’s people enter into a love relationship with God, we receive His life, just as Eve received the life of Adam

As God’s people love God and spend time to fellowship with Him in His word, God infuses them with His divine element, making them one with Him as His spouse, the same as He is in life, nature, and expression

Practice and Application

Only that which comes out of Christ with His resurrection life can be His complement and counterpart, the Body of Christ. We need to put off all the natural life until the living Christ can be expressed from within our spirit; then we will be the church in reality. “it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20)

Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outline

Key Verses (1)

even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.—Eph.5:25-27

And Jehovah God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper as his counterpart.- Gen. 2:18

The entire Bible is a divine romance
the picture of Christ and the church in the types of Adam and Eve

I. The entire Bible is a divine romance, a record of how God courts His chosen people and eventually marries them

II. In Genesis 2 we see a picture of Christ and the church in the types of Adam and Eve

•Adam typifies God in Christ as the real, universal Husband, who is seeking a wife for Himself

• “Jehovah God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper as his counterpart”; Adam’s need for a wife typifies and portrays God’s need, in His economy, to have a wife as His counterpart, His complement.

•God desires to have both Adam, typifying Christ, and Eve, typifying the church; His purpose is to “let them have dominion” (1:26); His purpose is to have a victorious Christ plus a victorious church; God wants Christ and the church to have dominion

Key Verses (2)

And Jehovah God formed from the ground every animal of the field and every bird of heaven, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them;…. but for Adam there was not found a helper as his counterpart. And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place. — Gen. 2:19-21

III. We need to see what God did in order to produce a counterpart for Himself:

From the ground God formed every animal of the field and every bird of heaven and brought them to Adam, “and the man gave names to all cattle and to the birds of heaven and to every animal of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper as his counterpart”

• In order to produce a counterpart for Himself, God first became a man, as typified by God’s creation of Adam

• “Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place”. Adam’s deep sleep for the producing of Eve as his wife typifies Christ’s death on the cross for the producing of the church as His counterpart

Key Verses (3)

And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man. And the man said, This time this is bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called Woman Because out of Man this one was taken. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.– — Gen. 2:22-24

III. We need to see what God did in order to produce a counterpart for Himself:

• “Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man” . The rib taken from Adam’s opened side typifies the unbreakable, indestructible eternal life of Christ. The building of Eve with the rib taken from Adam’s side typifies the building of the church with the resurrection life.

•And the man said, This time this is bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called Woman Because out of Man this one was taken. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Adam and Eve, being one, lived a married life together as husband and wife. This portrays that in the New Jerusalem the processed and consummated redeeming Triune God as the universal Husband will live a married life with the redeemed, regenerated, transformed, and glorified humanity as the wife, forever.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1The entire Bible is a divine romance (Gen. 2:21-24; John3:29, Rev. 19:7;)

(According to the Bible, Please illustrate that how God courts His chosen people and eventually marries them.)

T2“For your Maker is your Husband” (Isa. 54:5).

(Please illustrate that in the universe the unique man is God Himself.)

D2

T1Adam to typify Christ; Eve to typify the church. (Gen.2:18.22)

(Please illustrate that In Genesis 2 we see a picture of Christ and the church in the types of Adam and Eve)

T2 “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Gen.2:18)

(Please illustrate that Christ alone is only half; there must be another half, which is the church.)

D3

T1Adam’s deep sleep for the producing of Eve as his wife (Gen. 2:19-21,Eph. 5:25-27.)

(Please illustrate that Christ’s death on the cross for the producing of the church as His counterpart)

T2Eve was made from Adam (Gen. 2:22-24)

(Please illustrate that the church comes out of Christ. Anything that is not of Christ is not the church.)

D4

T1Adam is a type of Christ (Gen. 2:22-24, Rom. 5:14)

(Please illustrate that In Genesis 2 there is the picture of how the bride of Christ comes into being.)

T2The sleep of Adam’s was a type of Christ’s death (Gen,2:21)

(Please illustrate that The sleep of Adam’s was a type of Christ’s death on the cross for producing the church. )

D5

T1The rib of Adam signifies the resurrection life,(John19:34.36)

(Christ was sleeping on the cross, what’s something came out of His side?)

T2Eve was fully produced out of Adam (Gen. 2:21-24).

(Please illustrate that The church is nothing more than a pure product out of Christ. )

D6

T1Adam and Eve becoming one flesh, is a figure of God and man being joined as one. (Gen. 2:24, Rev22:17)

(Please illustrate that he Spirit and the bride, the church, speaking together as one in Revelation 22:17)

T2central line of the divine revelation of the entire Holy Scriptures.( Gen. 2:25)

(The revelation concerning the garden of Eden, as the beginning of the divine revelation in the Holy Scriptures, and the revelation concerning the New Jerusalem, as the ending of the divine revelation in the Holy Scriptures, Does the two consist of four things?)

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