The Gospel of Eve

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.  Genesis 3:15

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law…  Galatians 4:4

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14 

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).  Matthew 1:23 

For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17

There, I saved you some time and put all the important stuff at the top of the post.

This will be short. This post will be a short observation inspired by a sermon I heard today. This post, like most of my posts, is not comprehensive or fully formed.

The observation is this:

Both genders are crucial to the existence of the Gospel.

From the moment of the first sin, Adam and Eve knew that there would be Someone coming to right their wrongs. God told the Serpent, Satan, that he and the woman would be enemies, and her offspring would be responsible for his downfall. Not Adam’s offspring. Eve’s.

The prophecies about the coming Savior frequently emphasized that He would be born of a virgin. A woman who had never slept with a man. He would be brought into the world without a drop of Adam’s blood, but “born of woman.” Immanuel–God with us–would take the body of a man, but would not be a man’s child.

Yet this boy, Jesus, would be a second Adam. By Adam’s fall, we sinned all, but it would be through Eve, a Son born of Eve’s distant daughter, that all men could be saved.

God had a redemptive purpose in creating male and female in His image. Remove one or the other from the picture, and the redemption story collapses.

Of course, God could have brought a Savior to the world any way He wanted to. But He chose Mary to carry Christ, who could stand in Adam’s place for all our sakes. He chose to use both male and female to bring about the greatest reality of human history: Christ’s redeeming sacrifice.

That’s all I have for now.

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