Saving Mary


Posted on by Deidre Havrelock

I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about Eve and the person of the Holy Spirit. I was thinking how we often limit the Spirit to a “power” as opposed to a person. I thought maybe we do this because the idea of power has got us thinking in terms of “strength,” as opposed to the meaning of “life.” It’s true, the Holy Spirit is God’s powerhouse…but that power is one of life, not one merely of supernatural strength, or seemingly magical powers. In fact, Christ is referred to in scripture as the “head” of the church, meaning he is “the source of life.” Therefore, inside the person of  Jesus is… life herself.

What?! You may be wondering? How can two people come from the same body? And why do I immediately jump to a “she” when referring to the life that resides in Christ? Well, to understand this let’s open up the book of Genesis and refer to Adam, because from this one man — Adam — God brought forth a whole other person — woman:

“So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.” (Ge 2:21-22).

As the apostle Paul said of Adam, “[He] is a type of the one who was to come” (Rom 5:14). Therefore, Adam is like Jesus. Because of this, we’d be smart to ask ourselves this question: if woman came forth from Adam…did one like woman also come forth from Jesus?

To find out, let’s continue with our analogy, because after woman was brought forth from Adam, then suddenly humans had the ability to produce physical life — and family was birthed on earth. Can you imagine that first birth? It must have seemed truly miraculous. Adam must have thought, who is this astounding person who can bring forth life? Eve may have been the power of physical life on earth, but she was also still a person. She was known as “Eve,” the mother of all the living.

“The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” (Ge 3:20)

Eve was also known as “woman,” meaning, taken out of man. Using this analogy of the first physical peoples (Adam and Eve), we can now understand that just as Adam is a revelation of Jesus (the Son of God), Eve is also a revelation of Jesus. In other words, the body of Adam — which includes the manifestation of Eve — represents the physical body… which is the image and likeness of the God who dwells in eternity:

“Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion…’ ” (Ge 1:26).

….so, since there is a physical body then there is also a spiritual body:

“If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living being’; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual.” (1 Co 15:44–46)

It is through the spiritual that we receive new birth — a spiritual birth — so that all who believe in Jesus become “born of the Spirit”:

“Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.’ ” (Jn 3:4–6)

Giving birth to spiritual children is what the Holy Spirit does; she is our spiritual mother. She came forth from the body of Christ to give life to a dying family. When did she come forth (you may be wondering)? At the breaking of Jesus’ body, of course.

“When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (Jn 19:30).

“For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself…”(Jn 5:26).

“This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.  Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear.” (Ac 2:32–33)

The revelation of Eve is relatively simple: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;  those who hold her fast are called happy (Pr 3:18).




Excerpts from The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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