<460615> 1 Corinthians 6:15, 19 ? ?Know ye not that your bodies are members of Christ?...know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God?? 12:12 ? ?For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ? ? here Christ is identified with the church of which he is the head; <490122>Ephesians 1:22, 23 ? ?he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all? ? as the members of the human body are united to the head, the source of their activity and the power that controls their movements, so all believers are members of an invisible body whose head is Christ. Shall we tie a string round the finger to keep for it its own blood? No, for all the blood of the body is needed to nourish one finger. So Christ is ?head over a things to [for the benefit of] the church? (Tyler, Theol. Greek Poets, preface, ii). ?The church is the fullness plh>rwma of Christ. As it was not good for the first man, Adam, to be alone, no more was it good for the second man, Christ? (C. H. M.). <490415>Ephesians 4:15, 16 ? ?grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ; from whom all the body...maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love?; 5:29, 30 ? ?for no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherish it, even as Christ also the church; because we are members of his body.?
(e) From the union of the race with the source of its life in Adam.
<450512> Romans 5:12, 21 ? ?as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin...that, as sin reigned in death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord?; <461522>1 Corinthians 15:22, 45, 49 ? ?as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive...The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving Spirit. As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.? As the whole race is one with the first man Adam, in whom it fell and from whom it has derived a corrupted and guilty nature, so the whole race of believers constitutes a new and restored humanity, whose justified and purified nature is derived from Christ, the second Adam. Cf. Gen. 2:23 ? ?This is now bone of my hones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.? C. H. M. remarks here that, as man is first created and then woman is viewed in and formed out of him, so it is with Christ and the church. ?We are members of Christ?s body, because in Christ we have the principle of our origin; from him our life arose, just as the life of Eve was derived from Adam. The church is Christ?s
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