We always talk about Adam. Adam beget so and so, and the son of Adam beget so and so, and so and so beget so and so; so on and so forth. However, whatever happened to Eve?
“Thus it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit” (1 Cor. 15:45 ESV).
“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:21-22).
So, if Christ is the last Adam, then who is the last Eve (so to speak)? Answer: we are.
Eve ate the fruit first. She sinned first. However, the man, in covenant with his wife, took the responsibility upon himself and partook in the suffering to come, thus solidifying the demise of humanity. However, the reverse is true. We, the bride of Christ, sinned first. However, Christ, the head of the church, in covenant with his spiritual wife, took the responsibility upon himself and partook in the suffering to come, thus solidifying the salvation of humanity.
This is represented in Genesis 15. Basically, in the passage, God makes a covenant with Abraham, at the time Abram, and divides the sacrifices into halves. The Lord causes Abram to fall into a deep sleep like he did with Adam. Then the Lord moves a smoking fire pot and flaming torch between the pieces signifying the repercussions if either breaks the covenant. However, since Abram is asleep, he cannot partake in the suffering the Lord has beheld. Therefore, God shows He will suffer the consequences for the people’s actions, thus sacrificing himself for the sake of the covenant and the glory of his name.
On the cross, the second Adam suffered for his Eve, and on that cross, Christ suffered for the actions of the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, no one can say we “got the wrong end of the stick.” In each scenario, God suffers for us that we may live.
He is very good indeed.