Gnostic Doctrine

Friday, 3 January 2020

Union in the Bridal Chamber

Union in the Bridal Chamber

If the female had not separated from the male, the female and the male would not have died. The separation of male and female was the beginning of death. Christ came to heal the separation that was from the beginning and reunite the two, in order to give life to those who died through separation and unite them.

A woman is united with her husband in the bridal chamber, and those united in the bridal chamber will not be separated again. That is why Eve became separated from Adam, because she had not united with him in the bridal chamber.

gen 3:16 ¶   Unto the woman, he said, I will, increase, thy pain of pregnancy, In pain, shalt thou bear children,--Yet, unto thy husband, shall be thy longing, Though, he, rule over thee.

Song 7:10 ¶  I, am my beloved’s, and, unto me, is his longing.

"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
overthee" (Gen. 3:16).

The word "desire", Hebrew teshuwqah, is the connecting link between the covenant to Eve, and the declaration of the Bride in Song 7:10.

But what is the "desire"? With regard to Eve, it was not "for" her husband, but "to" him. It was for something she had lost, but hoped to regain through him. In this context, it obviously referred to the restoration of former privileges that she had enjoyed when there was complete "oneness" between the two. Adam had regarded her as "the woman whom Thou (God) gavest to be with me" (Gen. 3:12). They associated as one, on grounds of equality; but the presumption of Eve had destroyed that. Eve's desire was for a resumption of the previous state.

Instead of teshuwqah, desire, some read teshewbah, return. Thus the Concordant translation renders: "By your husband is your restoration, and he shall rule over you." The LXX and the Syriac also render it as "return." the LXX has the word apostrophee, "a turning of oneself", "an escape of place of refuge from evil", "a resource against the want of water, and a means of getting it" (see Liddel & Scott, Greek Lexicon).

All these meanings are most significant. Eve was reminded that her restoration, return, place of refuge, help in need, was subject to her husband, and that he must exercise the rule over her. Eve, however, was typical of the Bride of Christ, and these words spoken to her have an added significance when related to the Bride. The restoration of the Bride is subject to her husband (Christ), and he must bear rule over her, if she would attain unto it.

That unity for which Christ prayed the Father when he declared: "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me, through their word; that they all may be one; as Thou, Father art in me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us" (John 17:21). This expresses the complete union of marriage; that oneness that shall only be experienced when the marriage of the Lamb hath come. For the moment, the Bride is espoused as a "chaste virgin" to Christ, and in this relationship, there is partial restoration. Thus Paul wrote: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28).

When Eve [holy spirit (mother of everyone living)] was still with Adam [still in the creative thoughts of the Father], death did not exist [God does not die, hence His image and likeness would not die as long as it continued in Oneness with the Father]. When she was separated from him [when she was manifest in creation as individual spirit consciousness (i.e. was able to make independent choices)], death came into being [by making the wrong choice to follow a path contrary to Gods Law causing double mindedness – it is the separation of the will of the Father from the will of individual spirit]. If he enters again [into harmony with the will of the Father] and attains his former self [brings body, soul and spirit back together as One], death will be no more [this is victory over death] (Philip 56)

When Adam and Eve had not been separated, death did not exist. When they were separated, death commenced among them. When they regain their primal unity, death itself will die.

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