The Kraig Josiah Rice
Devotional Bible Commentary on Genesis

Genesis chapter 3
Salvation and God's spiritual wife

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Kraig J. Rice
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Genesis chapter three- Salvation and God's spiritual wife
  What does God want from you and I?
  How can you and I obtain salvation?
  A metaphor of God's spiritual wife
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Chapter 3 Continued:

Note: Since we are on the topic of salvation, I want to continue that teaching. There are many interesting facts, principles, and doctrines in the bible book of Genesis and one of them is salvation. God has placed this gold nugget of truth in His word for us to dig out as we take time to seek Him and to study His word. His salvation leads one to have a wonderful relationship with Him. God uses the relationship of a husband and wife to help illustrate this teaching for us. The redeemed are a type of wife to Him. In such a relationship there is love, joy, faithfulness, trust, ownership, communication, and so much more. Let us take a brief look at what God has for us in this chapter.


What does God want from you and I?
God wants to possess you in love. Christ wants love, obedience, worship, and holy living from each redeemed person, and He wants everyone to know Who He is and what He did for them. Many folks respect Christ for what He did and many love Him for Who He is. These are the ones He wants to take to Heaven to be with Him for eternity.

Will you teach a little more about salvation? Yes.



How can you and I obtain salvation?
God's Plan of Salvation- it is a free gift! Jesus indicated:
"You and I must be born again." Chapter three of the Gospel of John records an interesting conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus (a Jewish leader), giving us this answer. The story goes something like this: Nicodemus asked Jesus: "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born again, can he?" Nicodemus was thinking in terms of the flesh. Jesus had to explain to him: "that which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you: you must be born again." Jesus also explained that unless a person is born again, he cannot see or enter the kingdom of God. Obviously, this born-again experience, a spiritual change within a person, is absolutely necessary and of the utmost importance. We cannot take it lightly, for Jesus commanded: "you must."

Nicodemus could hardly believe such a thing. All his life he had been taught that good works were the key to heaven- that if a person observed all the laws and requirements of God, he would have entrance into heaven. But Jesus was talking about things of the spirit. The problem was that Nicodemus, like all human beings, was of the flesh. He was from the earth. Flesh is mortal. It is subject to death, decay, and corruption. Nothing in our sinful flesh can please God. An awesome fact exists about the flesh: everything we see, everything visible, even our own bodies, are perishing. Many people try everything imaginable to ignore or forget this, but the fact always remains that we dwell in a mortal body which will soon return to dust. The Bible says that things which are visible are temporary but things which are invisible are eternal
(2 Corinthians 4:18).

Our old state, our old nature, our depraved nature, and even all our good deeds are insufficient without Christ. In this depraved condition we are lost and without hope of eternal life. We cannot be righteous in this unconverted condition because God says through the prophet, Isaiah:
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away"
(Isaiah 64:6).

God is totally and absolutely holy and righteous. He is perfect. But each person is tainted with sin:
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God"
(Romans 3:23).
By our very self-seeking nature we are sinful and imperfect. And sin results in death, and eternal separation from God. This is the result of our earthly nature. It is obvious that we need a new nature, a nature that God can look upon with acceptance. A nature that stands justified before Him. We need a new birth. You must be born again. There are four important things about this new nature, the new birth, that you must know:

First, the new birth is free, a gift from God! We cannot earn it. We cannot work for it or else we could boast, and no one shall boast before God. An imperfect creature cannot earn or deserve such merit from a holy God. "For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord"
(Romans 6:23).
This free gift comes to us by grace, or unmerited favor
(Ephesians 2:8-9). Only God's supreme love makes such a free and wonderful gift possible. God did not automatically excuse our sinful condition. He paid the greatest price. You see, God in His holy and righteous nature must reject and judge sin. Not to do so would deny His very nature. He Himself has decreed that "the wages of sin is death."

The most magnificent and incomparable act of love in all of history is that God took our sins and death upon Himself. Jesus, the Son of God, took the punishment in our place. By His death on a cross, He became our substitute. "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him"
(2 Corinthians 5:21). "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life"
(John 3:16).
That is why Christ chose to die- to make the supreme love gift of taking all our punishment upon Himself, to reconcile the world unto God. He totally identified with us when He hung on the cross, and became sin for us, though sinless Himself, so that we might have the free gift of forgiveness and life.

The second important fact about this new nature is that it is actually the nature of the only perfect Person who ever lived, Jesus Christ. Only Jesus is good enough. Only He is perfect. Only His life is acceptable to God. It is only as we partake of His life that we become acceptable to God. Being "born again" is nothing less than receiving the actual life of the living Christ- His Spirit actually entering us and bringing our spirit to life. "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me"
(Galatians 2:20). The mystery is now revealed, "that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations which is Christ in you, the hope of glory"
(Colossians 1:26,27).

Jesus' identification with us is complete. In His death, He bore our sins and suffered our death. In His resurrection, He became our life, so much so that in His Spirit we are even joined with Him. Now when the Father looks upon us He sees only the righteousness of Jesus. We are accepted. We have been born again! "If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come"
(2 Corinthians 5:17).

The third important fact is that when we are born again, we become a new creation, now. The heavenly promise is for the future and will be wonderful beyond understanding. However, at the new birth we immediately begin to experience the life of God as He guides us, walks with us, and indwells us. We experience the fruit of His Spirit such as love, joy, and peace. As we are filled with His Spirit, we experience His supernatural power manifested in life situations. Life takes on new meaning. Everything is in a new perspective. Jesus said that He came, not just to get us to heaven, but that we "might have life, and might have it abundantly"
(John 10:10).

How To Receive Him:
The fourth important fact to know is how to receive this gift. Does not every act of giving require a giver and a receiver? God, the Giver, holds out the gift to everyone. It is not His will that any should perish
(2 Peter 3:9). But to receive a gift requires that we agree to a need. We must agree as the spirit of God shows us that we are, indeed, sinful creatures in need of God's forgiveness and grace.
"Unless you repent, you will likewise perish"
(Luke 13:3).
Repentance means to change our mind, to turn. We must change our mind about our condition and our direction away from sin. And turn to Him.

"As many as received Him (Christ), to them He gave the right to become children of God"
(John 1:12).
We receive Christ by a spiritual method that only God could create. It is not by works, because our abilities would vary and everyone would not have an equal chance. It is an opportunity that is equal regardless of intelligence, sex, age, race, social status, or wealth. It is by faith. "For by grace you have been saved through faith: and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God: Not as a result of works, that no one should boast"
(Ephesians 2:8-9).

To receive Christ, we must acknowledge our need of Who He is. Then we simply turn to Him by faith and put our trust and reliance in Him. We receive Him by invitation. Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me"
(Revelation 3:20).

Do you want to be born again, right now? Do you want a new nature? Do you want to receive the most wonderful gift in the whole universe, Christ Himself? Then simply but sincerely pray: "Dear Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe that You died for my sins and rose from the grave for my salvation. I invite You into my heart and receive You right now as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for forgiving me. Thank You for a new life. Help me to be what You want me to be and live Your life through me. Amen."

Now What?
If you sincerely prayed that prayer and He possessed you, God says that you have new life and that you are a member of His eternal family. He desires close fellowship with you during this life and desires for you even now to live victoriously as a child of the King! Also, since He died for you, He wants you to live a holy lifestyle for Him.
"And He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf"
(2 Corinthians 5:15).

As we are born again, God immediately implants a new nature within us. Some outward change may be dramatic and instant; some may come gradually. As with any newborn, our new nature needs nurture and growth. Talk to Him frequently- that's what prayer is. Read and meditate upon His Word, the Bible, and listen to His voice within you- that is another way He speaks to you. Finally, He wants you to fellowship with other believers and be a functioning part of His corporate Body. That's what church is. What church should you attend? Ask God to lead you and He will. The true test of His church is whether Jesus Christ is honored as God, and the Bible is honored solely as His Word.

This born again experience is what makes you and I a child of God. After this experience inside each of us, God adopts you and I as his child and makes us an heir to all He owns. Eternal life belongs to you and I. God takes ownership of you and I.

If you are not saved or born again then you belong to Satan by default. Satan owns you and you will receive what he is to receive- a life in hell fire. God hates sin and will not have sin with Him in Heaven. So you want to be born again in Christ Jesus and saved (from sin and hell fire).

Once Christ comes to spiritually live inside of you, you are born again, converted to Christ, or saved. These are all terms to describe this wonderful experience. So, in my writings, when I use any of these expressions, you will know what I am referring to.

This is what Genesis 3:15 is all about.


A metaphor of God's spiritual wife:

Alright, Rice, are you a heretic? Are you a cultist in telling us that God has a wife? God does not have a wife or wives and He does not have children by them in Heaven. What have you got to say about that? No, I am not a cultist- I just sometimes spiritually see things that some other folks fail to see. But, you are correct- God does not have a literal wife as many of us have in this world and He does not have literal children by a literal wife or wives in Heaven as one predominant cult teaches. But God did have a spiritual wife in the Old Testament and the same one in the New Testament consisting of the redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. If you can accept the concept that the church is the bride of Christ then you should have no problem in accepting this teaching here in Genesis. Let me explain.

I see a metaphor in the bible in regards to God's spiritual wife. How so? God has relationship dealings with folks, individually and collectively. We see that as we study our way through the bible, God's Word. Today, He has a relationship with you and I. How can God express His love relationship to you and I in terms that we can comprehend seeing that He is so great and is spirit? I believe He relates that to us in tangible ways that we can grasp. One of the fundamental relationships of love is marriage between a man and a woman so God can use that concept in His Word to help our understanding of what He is teaching us and what He wants us to know. Keeping that in mind, let us study about God's spiritual wife.

First of all, God is spirit and He does not have a literal wife. But He can use that illustration as a metaphor to help us understand the great love that He has for you and I- and how His love is manifested in His relationships with others. Today in the church, many of us do not have a problem with more than one saved individual being spiritually referred to as the bride of Christ. In other words, many can be considered to be one- collectively. God does that because He can either work with an individual or with a collective group but His principle of love for them remains the same even though His methods and His time dealings with them may differ. It is the same thing in the bible. God has a wife, a collective group, spiritually speaking, that He has a love relationship with spanning the millenniums of time in this world. We can grasp that gold nugget of truth as we study our way through the holy bible from cover to cover.

I see God's time line of the Holy Bible, from cover to cover, separated into two different seasons or times to show His love relationship with the redeemed. God only has one spiritual wife- those folks redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. But that one wife can be seen in two different seasons or time periods that reveal His love and intimacy for His redeemed I call seasons- like the changing seasons of each year. So, to our understanding, how can one spiritual wife exist in two different time seasons through the ages? Well, one way to understand her is to imagine her, as one who is impervious to time, with the seasons that change around her. In scripture, we see her loving God from the creation of modern mankind in Genesis to John the Baptist. I call her God's Old Testament wife. Some of the spiritually predominate individuals in the Old Testament are mentioned in the Hebrews Hall of Fame
(Hebrews chapter eleven). But that season ended- the season changed but she continued on.

Then we see her loving Christ as the church all the way from the time of John the Baptist to the present time. The bible refers to her as Christ's New Testament bride. The premillennial Rapture of the church will translate many folks to Heaven in our future, but Christ's wife will eventually continue on, after the Rapture, being led by Spiritual Israel, until the end of the Great Tribulation. She will be severely persecuted during that season but that season will end at the close of the seven year period of time titled by God- the time of Jacob's Trouble. Notice, God's use of the word, time, in that title. Then Christ will rule from Jerusalem in His Millennial Reign.

Do you have any scripture on the wife of God, Preacher? Well, let me share this scripture with you, "...come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of Heaven from God, Having the glory of God- and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal..."
(Revelation 21:9-11).
What do we see in this verse? We see that the bride of Christ is the redeemed of the Lord who He is taking care of in eternity (the New Jerusalem in symbolism). She wears jewels fit for a queen. That is how the Lord looks at you and I. We are valuable and precious in His sight and He seeks an eternal relationship of love with us. That should really be encouraging to us as the devil in this world will try to get us to believe the lie that we are worthless and God does not want us.

So, Christ has one spiritual wife from one cover of the bible to the other. That one wife consists of those who are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, I see His Old Testament wife. In the New Testament, I see His New Testament wife. That is a metaphor and in the eastern culture that kind of dramatic apocalyptic writing was easily understood, however, some folks, today, with the western mindset, struggle with a metaphor like that.

Mr. Rice, will you teach us more about those things? Ok, let me teach it to you the way that I see it. This is not a new concept for many because some theologians see the church in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament. I do not use the word, church, in the Old Testament nor after the pre-millennial Rapture of the church. Rather, I use the word, wife, because that is the word that God uses. To prove that, we see His use of the word, wife, in
Genesis 3:15 in the Old Testament- also in Revelation 12:1 after the Rapture. The word, church, is not used in the Old Testament nor after the Rapture of the church. Since God uses the word, wife, let us briefly take a look at God's one wife in each time season:

I see one spiritual wife of God in two major different seasons of time in the Holy Bible.

I. God's Old Testament wife:
God's Old Testament wife is seen in two different time periods. The Genesis wife of God is seen in the bible book of Genesis. However, Israel of Glory is seen in the rest of the Old Testament as God's wife.

A. The Genesis wife of God:
Let me mention God's Genesis wife first. God created Adam and Eve in the beginning. They were the first two believers on earth. In that season everything on earth had a new beginning- when life springs fresh again with the will to live. I see Adam and Eve and their saved descendants (the sons of God) as the espoused wife of God. In other words, they were the start or betrothed of God during that Genesis season of time.

B. Israel of Glory:
What is the name of God's spiritual wife in the rest of the Old Testament? I call her Israel of Glory. Israel of Glory played a major part in the Old Testament season of time. These true believers consisted of the saved Gentiles (saints) and saved Hebrews who I collectively call the Old Testament Saintly Ones.

Since they were the espoused or engaged wife of God, when did God's engagement stop and His marriage begin? In my opinion, God's marriage to Israel of Glory took place in the bible book of Exodus. Beginning in Exodus, most of the Old Testament emphasis was placed on Israel of Glory, the literal redeemed nation of Israel.

I mostly refer to her as Israel of Glory to separate her from the modern Israel of today who spiritually rejects Jesus Christ and the blood of the Lamb. What about unsaved Israel after the time of John the Baptist? Unsaved Israel appears to have temporarily set herself aside from her Messiah (Jesus Christ) due to her unbelief in Him
(Acts chapter 7). That means she is spiritually blind until Christ helps open her spiritual eyes
(John chapter 9; Romans 11:25).

II. God's New Testament wife:
At the time of John the Baptist, Christ's bride changed from being very legal to being more loving and gracious. Christ called her the church but it was the same wife as before. Folks were saved by the blood of the Lamb in the Old Testament economy and they are saved by the blood of the Lamb today.

A. Christ's New Testament bride, the church:
This New Testament bride has been active for Christ for over two millennia on God's time line in this world so far. If you are saved today, you are a part of Christ's church. But the church was not the first season for God's salvation through the blood of the Lamb nor will it be the last. God's wife will continue on into the Tribulation in this world, after a brief time in Heaven on her honeymoon vacation.

B. The Saintly Ones, Christ's espoused Tribulation wife:
How should we see Christ's bride during the Tribulation after the Rapture? Part of the New Testament future bride will be His Tribulation wife, the Saintly Ones. The saved Gentiles (saints) and Hebrews (Spiritual Israel), I call the New Testament Saintly Ones, in that future season of time, I consider to be Christ's spiritual bride, but the spiritual emphasis, in Revelation, is given to Spiritual Israel. The church will go in the Rapture before the Tribulation. Christ will continue His evangelization of the lost in this world amongst the Gentiles and Hebrews after the Rapture. Christ's bride will not cease to exist but will simply visit her Husband for awhile in Heaven in the Rapture on their second honeymoon and then return to earth
(2 Thessalonians 2:7). Her activities will start anew in this world as she will remain loving and gracious. She may change her outward appearance- put on new clothes, so to speak. She has a Hebrew wardrobe she will once again put on and wear for awhile (seven years). The method of salvation through the blood of the Lamb will remain the same
(Revelation 7:14, 12:11). God reserves the right, because of His covenants with Israel of Glory, to call out a remnant people from Israel to His name and glory in the last days.

If I had to outline my view of God's wife, it would look like this:

 I. God's Old Testament wife:
         A. Genesis Saintly Ones (God's espoused Genesis wife)
         B. Israel of Glory

 II. Christ's New Testament bride:
         A. The church- before the Rapture
         B. Revelation Saintly Ones (God's Tribulation wife)
                 1. Spiritual Israel
                 2. The Gentile saints

Do you have any scriptures on that? Yes. This is His one and only wife as is spiritually seen in the Holy Bible from cover to cover. Let us look into these spiritual concepts, examine the scriptures, and see what God has to tell us through them. We will take God's Old Testament wife, first. The Genesis espoused wife is revealed to us in
Genesis 3:15 with the use of the Hebrew word, wife. In Exodus, this same wife is seen as Israel of Glory. In Hosea and Jeremiah, during this long time period, God was not happy, sometimes, with His wife
(Hosea 1:2, 9, 2:19-20; Jeremiah 3:8). Those scriptures prove that Israel of Glory was God's wife during that time period. Now, let us look at Christ's New Testament bride. She is the same wife as the Old Testament one because the redeemed folks in the Old Testament were just as saved by the blood of the Lamb as we are today. This wife is revealed to us in
Revelation 21:9 and 22:17. The church era will take up most of the time of the New Testament bride. The same wife, returning to this world in spirit after her short visit to Heaven in the Rapture, I call the Tribulation wife. She will wear Hebrew clothing because, apparently Spiritual Israel during the Tribulation, will take the spiritual lead over the gentiles for global evangelism in those future days of persecution against Christ
(Revelation 7:14, 12:11). Revelation chapter 12 mentions this wife very frequently who I call Spiritual Israel. I want to share with you a scripture from Hosea that pertains to Spiritual Israel, God's wife, during the Tribulation,
"...afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king, and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days"
(Hosea 3:5).
So, I believe we have a sound scriptural footing in regards to God's spiritual wife as is seen in the Holy Scriptures.

Now, I wish to insert a warning here. Due to the apostasy and wickedness of these last days I want to say this- this one wife of God in two different time seasons is not to be mis-understood nor mis-translated. God does not have two or more wives. God has one spiritual wife in the scriptures. This does not have any application to human divorce, affairs, polygamy, bigamy, or anything else like that. This is strictly a spiritual concept. This metaphor is simply a way for us, with our sinful finite minds, to understand infinite God and His dealings with His saved people along a significant timeline from start to finish.


The Genesis espoused wife of God- the redeemed:
The bible begins in the book of Genesis with Adam and Eve being spiritually betrothed to God. Even though there were two of them, at the first, they were the spiritual wife of God. They were owned by God, had fellowship with Him, and were holy. Satan, possessing the beautifully colored serpent, in the Garden of Eden was always slinking around behind God's back trying to get this wife to betray God and run off with him. Well, you probably know the tragic drama. This wife betrayed God, ran off with the devil, and changed her ownership from God to Satan. Theologians call that the fall of mankind into sin. How is a normal husband to feel about something like that? Yes, it should make one upset and it made God upset, too. You can read that true story in the bible book of Genesis, chapter three.

Even though God's wife spiritually ran off with someone else, she eventually came back to God. How do we know that? Because Adam and Eve taught their son, Abel, that the way of salvation was through the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ). And that was the reason why Abel's sacrifice was accepted by God. God is very patient and forgiving and God cultivated a relationship with repentant Adam and Eve, their redeemed children, and their redeemed descendants. God considered them all to be His spiritual wife during that Genesis season. His redeemed children He called "the sons of God"
(Genesis 6:2). That was only possible because the believers were the spiritual sons of God, saved by redeeming blood. The redeemed, today, are also called the sons of God
(John 1:2; Romans 8:4, 19; Philippians 2:15; 1 John 3:1-2).

Preacher, what does it mean to be espoused or betrothed? Literally, it came from human relationships. Back in the days of old, that was a custom of engagement for a married couple. It was used as a symbol for a spiritual connection between God and His redeemed people. Men and women were betrothed or were engaged to be married. This usually took place a year or more before marriage. From the time of betrothal the woman was regarded as the lawful wife of the man to whom she was betrothed without sexual intercourse
(Deuteronomy 28:30; Judges 14:2 & 8; Matthew 1:18-21). I see this wife betrothed to God in Genesis and married to God in Exodus. Remember, God's spiritual wife are those individuals who are redeemed. As such, God, through the prophet, Hosea, had this to say,
"...and I will betroth thee unto Me for ever, yea, I will betroth thee unto Me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto Me in faithfulness- and thou shalt know the Lord"
(Hosea 2:19-20).

In Genesis days before the flood, there were some betrothals of opposites. Before the flood, the saved were a remnant but, unfortunately, due to wrong choices, they married beautiful (fair) unsaved women (the unsaved daughters of men)
(2 Corinthians 6:14). As a result, the gospel light and belief in God was nearly extinguished, and violence and immorality were rampant in its place. As a result, God sent the flood. Preacher, help us spiritually understand that. Ok, remember, the pull of depravity is always spiritually downwards. Many times, unfortunately, children of spiritually mixed marriages turn out to be unbelievers but not always.

Notice in this season that God raptured Enoch. God loved Enoch as His espoused Genesis wife, "...and Enoch walked with God- and he did not die (he was not), for God raptured him (took him)"
(Genesis 5:24 my paraphrase).
Also, later, God delivered Noah and his family from the destruction that came. God loved Noah as His espoused Genesis bride. What does God appear to be teaching us here? One teaching is that God loves His bride. Another might be that it is not God's will for His wife to suffer the judgments that He brings on the wicked. Lot was a good example of that
(Genesis 18:25). God loved Lot as His espoused Genesis bride. As well, it is taught in the scriptures that Christ will Rapture His bride, the church, so she will not have to suffer the judgments that He will bring on the wicked during the Tribulation
(1 Corinthians 15:51-55).


A scriptural study about God's espoused Genesis wife:
Preacher, where does it mention God's espoused Old Testament wife in the bible?
In Genesis 3:15. The English word translated, "woman", in that scripture, should be translated to mean, "wife", because it comes from the Hebrew word, 'ishshah, that can also be translated to mean "wife". That is important in understanding this verse,
 ...and there will be spiritual war between you (Lucifer) and My wife (My Redeemed) and between your seed (the unsaved) and her spiritual Seed (Jesus Christ)- by Him will your spiritual head be crushed and by you His foot will be wounded 
(Genesis 3:15 my paraphrase).
But God addressed Adam's wife when He said,  ...I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception, in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee 
(Genesis 3:16).
On a side note, notice that God considered Adam and Eve to be married with His use of the words, husband and wife.

Preacher, will you elaborate on the Spiritual Seed again? Yes, in
Revelation 12:13 we read about God's wife, Israel of Glory, who brought forth the spiritual Man Child (Jesus Christ). The spiritual Man Child of the wife was and is Jesus Christ. The prophecy about Him being the Spiritual Seed of the wife of God was given in the Pentateuch. That was given in
Genesis 3:15, so, Jesus Christ is the Spiritual Seed (or descendant) of God and that is one reason He is called the Son of God. To prove that, Jesus came from Heaven to the world as the Man Child of the wife of God in His incarnation. He had a virgin birth. He had a remarkable ministry. Satan instigated the murder of Jesus Christ at the cross (the foot of Jesus was wounded, in symbolism), but because Jesus resurrected from the grave and conquered death, the ultimate power of Satan was broken (Satan's head- a head like a vicious serpent- was crushed, in symbolism). In other words, Jesus spiritually defeated Satan at the cross because Satan did not have the power to keep Jesus from resurrecting. Christ conquered over death, hell, and the grave. When Jesus did that, it helped fulfill that prophecy scripture in
Genesis 3:15. Now, that scripture is also a double fulfillment scripture. Why? Because the application of it can read this way, "...and I will put enmity between...thy spiritual seed (the unsaved) and her spiritual seed (the saved)". That means there is a spiritual battle going on between the saved and the unsaved in this world because there is a spiritual battle going on between Jesus Christ and fallen Lucifer at the same time.

What is the relevance? The relevance is that Jesus Christ is supreme, special, and unique. God has been calling out a people to Himself from the very start and Lucifer has been trying to stop Him. This spiritual battle began back then but continues on to this very day. The redeemed in each season of biblical time have been considered to be the spiritual wife of God. God's wife is special to God and He loves her very much. If you are a part of the spiritual wife of God today then you are well loved by Him. You are special and considered to be a son of God. You will have a love relationship with Christ that few will ever understand. God's blessings are for you as an overcomer.

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