Adam with Eve as a Type of Christ with His Elect
I. ADAM CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD / CHRIST IS THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF THE TRIUNE GODHEAD:
Of the first man, Adam, “God said, Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness” (Gen 1:26). God the Word incarnate, The Lord Jesus Christ, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Col 1:15), “…being the brightness of [God’s] glory, and the express image of His person” (Heb 1:3), “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Col 2:9), is the One after whom the Triune Godhead patterned Adam. The Lord Jesus Christ is the one who made Adam in His likeness for “In the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God, and The Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM; and WITHOUT HIM WAS NOT ANY THING MADE THAT WAS MADE” (John 1:1-3), which of course would include the first Adam.
II. MALE AND FEMALE: ADAM AND EVE / CHRIST AND THE BRIDE
We learn of another aspect in which Adam was made after the image of Christ. God the Father chose an elect body/bride/ congregation in Christ from before the foundation of the world, that they should be holy and without blame before Him in love (Eph 1:4). This body was eternally in Christ, and eternally with Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ *cannot be separated from His body* because they are eternally, and vitaly One, seeing that “For as THE BODY IS ONE, and hath many members, and all the members of that ONE BODY, being many, are ONE BODY: SO ALSO [is] CHRIST” (1 Cor 12:12); “For as we have many members in ONE BODY, and all members have not the same office: So we, [being] many, are ONE BODY IN CHRIST, and every one MEMBERS ONE OF ANOTHER” (Rom 12:4-5); “For the husband is the head of THE WIFE, even as CHRIST IS THE the HEAD OF THE CHURCH: and He is the SAVIOUR OF THE BODY” (Eph. 5:23).
In light of this, “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth. 34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, SHALL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD, WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD” (Rom 8:33-39).
We likewise see that this One Body, God’s spiritual Israel, “shall be saved IN The LORD with an everlasting salvation” and “shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end” (Isa 45:17) and that, per 2 Thess 2:13-16, being beloved of the Lord, God had already chosen from the beginning His elect (in Christ) unto salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth whereunto He called them by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is why all of God’s true people stand fast, and hold the traditions which they have been taught, seeing that the Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace.
Now how does this apply to Adam? God created Adam in His image, with Christ being that image, and with Christ eternally having an elect woman [i.e. all of His elect] IN Him. Thus, God (after the image of Christ which is both the Head and the Body) created man (Adam) with the woman (Eve) IN Adam, for “…God created man in His [own] image, in the image of God created He HIM; MALE AND FEMALE created He THEM” (Gen 1:26a-27); and again, “MALE AND FEMALE created He THEM; and blessed THEM, and called THEIR NAME Adam, in the day when THEY were created (Gen 5:2). “For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. 9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man” (1 Cor 11:8-9), seeing that “the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This [is] now BONE OF MY BONES, AND FLESH OF MY FLESH: SHE SHALL BE CALLED WOMAN, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man LEAVE HIS FATHER AND HIS MOTHER, and SHALL CLEAVE UNTO HIS WIFE: and THEY SHALL BE ONE FLESH.” (Gen 2:21-24).
This language of Adam, with Eve, typifies Christ and His elect bride. It is clear, then, that God is speaking of His elect church, His elect wife, when we read “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord THE CHURCH: For we are members of HIS BODY, of HIS FLESH, and of HIS BONES. For this cause shall a man LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, and shall be JOINED UNTO HIS WIFE, and they two shall be ONE FLESH. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Eph 5:29-32).
III. LEAVING FATHER AND MOTHER
So we see the First Adam loving His wife (who was in him, and who was one body with him, being bone of his bones, and flesh of his flesh), cleaving to his wife, being joined to his wife, and understanding the concept (in some sense) of leaving father and mother so as to be one with her. The Second Adam, Christ Jesus the Lord, eternally loving His wife, the elect church, which was chosen in Him by the Father, and who (speaking of the bride) is one body with Him, being bone of His bones, and flesh of His flesh), eternally cleaves to her, is joined to her, and thus also understood the importance of “leaving” Father and Mother so as to be able to forever be One with Her. Who is Christ’s Father? God the Father, our Heavenly Father! but who is His mother? The Lord Jesus answered this question by saying “…Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother” (Mat 12:48-50).
How do we know that there is a real sense in which Christ left Father and mother? Ephesians 5:29-32, once again, declares “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, EVEN AS THE LORD THE CHURCH: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 FOR THIS CAUSE SHALL A MAN LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. THIS IS A GREAT MYSTERY: BUT I SPEAK CONCERNING CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.” You must understand that the “Great Mystery…Concerning Christ and the Church” had to include the “leave His Father and Mother portion” or else it could not be said that this passage, as specifically quoted, related directly to Christ and His Assembly/Congregation. So we need to understand what this portion of the passage, specifically, means (or relates to). I aim to come back to this later.
IV. THE DECEPTION AND TEMPTATION OF EVE – ADAM NOT DECEIVED
But what became of Eve in the Garden? We know that she was tempted of the Serpent, “as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety,” and ‘her mind was corrupted from the simplicity that was (and is) in Christ,'(2 Cor 11:3). She “saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat” (Gen 3:6). We know that “Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” (1 Tim 2:14). Remember the principle the Apostle James put forth, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:13). The Apostle John declared “For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).
Eve was not tempted by God, but by Satan, by her own lust for everyone is tempted, when they are drawn away of their OWN lust, and enticed. Then when their OWN lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death; and the precise method in Eve’s case was clear… She saw that the tree was good for food (which is the LUST OF THE FLESH given that she had other legitimate means of obtaining food); and that it was pleasant to the eyes (which is the LUST OF THE EYES); and a tree to be desired to make one wise [which is the PRIDE OF LIFE]. As a result of her own lust, she took of the fruit thereof, which is sin; once Adam ate as well, she became subject to both spiritual and physical death along with him; and it was at this point that Christ’s chosen bride, His elect congregation, became manifestly in need of His substitutionary atonement and propitiation on their behalf.
V. ADAM NOT DECEIVED – BUT TEMPTED IN HIS OWN WAY [WAS IT SIN? WAS IT LOVE?]
We see though, that Adam was neither tempted nor deceived by the Serpent; neither tempted nor deceived by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or the pride of life as it pertained to the ‘forbidden fruit.’ Instead he took willingly, knowing the consequences, being affected by a different kind of temptation. So why did He do it? I believe that Brother Jesse Gistand is right; I believe that (a) Adam knew the consequences, (b) likely taught them to Eve (for Eve, though embellishing, “…said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die” – Gen 3:2-3), (c) knew that death would come to them both, but (d) may have very well hoped for some form of deliverance concerning this grave matter. Adam knew that he was to love His wife and (dare I say) “leave Father and mother” to cleave to her, be joined to her, be one with her. He was her head, she was his body, and he took of the fruit willingly as a result of her transgression. In light of this reality, he may have been very much confused, bewildered, and acting in a way that he thought was somehow necessary.
Was this sin? Absolutely, for He disobeyed God. Our allegiance to God must be higher than even the allegiance to our wives for “If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26). By implication, when we read in Matthew 10:37 “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me,” I think we can also add ‘He that loveth husband or wife more than me is not worthy of me.’ So let’s be one hundred percent clear, Adam truly sinned against God, transgressing His law and commandment. This was not some “well, it was technically a sin, but he did the right thing really;” no! Adam really and truly sinned here – and God was just in the punishment He meted out to them.
However, was this out of love? Did Adam take of the fruit out of true, agape love for Eve? I must say no! because true, agape love entails obeying the King’s commandments; true love is doing the bidding of God towards the one before you. You (agape) love a person by obeying what God has to say about how you should interact with, and otherwise treat, the person at issue. True (agape) love never requires one to transgress the decrees of God, in order to express, or fulfill that love. True godly love always walks, and operates, in accordance with God’s commandments. So Adam, in my staunch view, did not act out of such godly, agape, love (even towards Eve) when he took and ate.
Yet, I would argue that he most likely acted out of a very deep, very real, phileo love for her. He was fond of her, loved her as any carnal man would really and truly (in THEIR own mind) love the wife he adores. His fondness for her, enamour towards her, and felt since of obligation and responsibility, I truly believe, played a role in his decision to eat? Some may say, “how can you possibly know this; this is eisegesis and not exegesis; you are reading too much into the text.” I would agree if Genesis chapters two and three here, were all that I had to go by; but remember, Adam was a figure, a type, of Christ to come. As I aim to address more, something in his decision-making process had to include some aspect of love because this would be the pattern, the figure, that most represents the motive of Christ.
I believe that short of Christ Himself, no man has been so tempted, as Adam was. Here we have a man, the first Adam, who was created good (no dominion of sin over him); he walked with God in the Garden and iniquity was not found in him. He did the will of His father and could do so with a sinless will, thought-life, emotional base, and physical body. He was far more apt, by God’s grace, to do the will of God than any of us today. However, here he faced the choice of (a) disobeying His all-wise, all-knowing, all-purposing, and all-righteous Heavenly Father by eating that which was forbidden -or- (b) forsaking Father, and cleaving to his wife, being joined to her, and being one with her — even if it meant unto death. Like many who have heard the word of God, the promises of God, who believe according to God-given faith, but who seek to carry-out the promises after the flesh (especially when they seem to be in an impossible situation), and who sin thinking that this *must* be the right thing to do for God’s promises to come about (when it isn’t the right thing to do at all, when they should have waited on God, beseeching Him, waiting on His answer and method of remedying the situation), Adam made a choice that he (at least likely) thought about, was not deceived concerning, likely struggled over (in that moment), but hoped that God would somehow remedy as he proceeded to disobey him. Adam then took of the fruit that Eve game him and did eat. When he ate he died, as did Eve being one with Him, with him as her head and she his body. Any hope that God would forgive them, or make it right, wasn’t faith in the godly sense (because true, mature faith believes in a manner that results in godly choices and actions).
However, I believe that Adam new the nature and character of God, His innate goodness and mercy, and in that since he had (at least a carnal) hope that God would make his great error right. This is much like how true Christians, regenerate saints, succumb to this temptation or that, enter into this sin or that, but both hope and trust that God will make things right in the end (even if some mighty chastisement comes along with it). It doesn’t excuse such sin; it doesn’t make it right; it doesn’t mean it wasn’t sin; and it doesn’t mean we should sin so that grace may abound… it just means that Adam, like other sinners, may have thought that his temptation was more than he could bear (i.e. the loss of His wife); acted in a way that allowed him to stay joined/cleaved/one with her even unto death (it that sense respecting the marriage covenant); and though this was grievous, grievous sin, he likely hoped in the mercy and forgiveness of God, which stems from the goodness of God, to set it all aright in accordance with His divine righteousness, justice, and judgment.
But why do I believe that the above was his motive? Again, because this whole historical reality, the actual incident in time, was a historic parable, one that (though it did not perfectly mimick the reality of Christ and His work) painted for us a very good picture of what it was that Christ came to do, did, and why He had to do it (as it related to His elect bride). Some maintain that we cannot know the reason why Adam ate of the fruit and thus, shouldn’t try to figure it out; others argue that Adam ate because he felt confident that he could, not seeing any immediate ill-effect in Eve; others claim that Adam, himself, was the tempter, and gave Eve the fruit to eat (using her as a sort of guinea pig), to see if it would be safe for him to eat it himself. However, none of these arguments match the rationale of why the Lord did the things He did on behalf of His people. Again, the parable, the type, is never an exact replica of the Antitype; however, the type should be close enough to the Antitype, so as to give us a very real understanding of the lesson, nature, and motive behind it. I believe that the motivation for both was — loving union with the wife, respect for the marriage covenant, and an inherent understanding that God would set things right. When Adam acted in such a mindset, it was unto sin — real sin. When Christ acted in such a mindset, it was unto life, righteousness, and peace eternal.
VI. THE SIMILITUDE OF ADAM’S TRANSGRESSION
Consider again, “as BY ONE MAN [ADAM] SIN ENTERED INTO THE WORLD, AND DEATH BY SIN; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law), 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after THE SIMILITUDE OF ADAM’S TRANSGRESSION, WHO IS THE FIGURE OF HIM THAT WAS TO COME” (Rom 5:12-14), and ponder even further how the First Adam was a figure of the Last Adam to come, even Christ. “
We read 1 Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive;” – “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that [was] not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The FIRST MAN [is] of the earth, earthy: the SECOND MAN [is] the Lord from heaven. 48 As [is] the earthy, such [are] they also that are earthy: and as [is] the heavenly, such [are] they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Cor 15:45-49). Yet, we must remember that “But NOT AS THE OFFENCE, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. 18 Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 5:15-21).
Consider also this point of the saints not sinning “after THE SIMILITUDE OF ADAM’S TRANSGRESSION,” as we keep in mind that Adam IS THE FIGURE OF THE CHRIST THAT WAS TO COME. The word “similitude” means “likeness, image.” We have not sinned in the likeness/image of Adam’s transgression because (1) Adam was made in the image of Christ who is the express image of the Triune Godhead; (2) Adam’s transgression was patterned after the image, being a figure or type of, the salvific work of Christ; and (3) Adam’s transgression and the deadly results (concerning him and all who were/are in him federally) points us to the “transgression” of Christ and the quickening results (coverning Him and all who were chosen in Him from before the foundation of the world). None of our sins are like unto Adam’s sin in such a regard.
The Lord Jesus Christ “was made sin” for His people and, thus, put to death — yet, “…if we have been planted together in the LIKENESS [same word as similitude – G3667] of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection” (Rom 6:5), “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the LIKENESS [similitude – G3667] of SINFUL FLESH, AND FOR SIN, condemned SIN IN THE FLESH, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom 8:3-4); knowing that “…Christ Jesus, 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the LIKENESS [similitude – G3667] of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; 11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11). “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time WITHOUT SIN sin unto salvation” (Heb 9:28).
VII. CHRIST MADE SIN
Yet, let us take this even deeper. We read in Zechariah 13:6-7 “And [one] shall say unto him, What [are] these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, [Those] with which I was wounded [in] the house of my friends. Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man [that is] my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.” This is repeated again in Matthew 26:31, concerning the cross “Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.” Christ was smitten for the sin of His elect, His people, His bride, His body; His sheep — and none other; we know this smiting was to atone for their sin. But why, specifically, was He smitten, and how could He justly be slain by God, and how does this tie-in to Adam’s sin?
Adam’s sin was a type of Christ being made sin; we know this first from Genesis 3:22 wherein “…the LORD God said, BEHOLD, THE MAN is become as ONE of Us, to KNOW good and EVIL…” As a quick aside, concerning “behold the man,” I could not help but think of such language as “Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And [Pilate] saith unto them, BEHOLD THE MAN! When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify [Him], crucify [Him]. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify [Him]: for I find no fault in him. 7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the SON OF GOD” (John 19:5-7) — consider also Zechariah 6:12 “And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, BEHOLD THE MAN whose name [is] THE BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD.”
Adam, the earthly son of God, the first Adam typifying the Second and Last Adam (the Lord Jesus Christ), symbolically became as Christ, in that He became as ONE of the Triune Godhead to experimentally KNOW both good (before the fall) and evil(after the fall). What Adam experienced because of His own sin, Christ experienced due to the sin of His people — yet without any sin of His own. Though the bearer of our sin, even the sin of the elect, He was yet without spot and blemish of Himself. However,in like manner, and as a figure of how the transgression of Adam led to Adam’s death, sin, separation/departure (LEAVING) from His heavenly father, out of felt love for his wife, but unto the the entrance of sin and death into all of the world including his progeny, the “transgression of Christ” (not literally, as to any sin of His own commission or omission, but as to Him willingly bearing the sin of His people in His own body, becoming the Substitutionary aggregate of their sin), led to Christ’s death, the death of His people (vicariously) in Him, His separation/departure (LEAVING) from His Father (and Mother); His being experimentally forsaken of the Father; out of both felt and perfect love for His wife (and unto the perfect honour and glory of God the Father), and unto the entrance of eternal life, union, peace, forgiveness, righteousness, and every other good and perfect spiritual gift coming from the Father, through Christ, by the Holy Spirit, in light of our Lord’s atoning blood and righteousness, and in light of His being raised to life and us in Him. Adam was made sin, became full of sin, because of his own sin; Christ was made sin by the Father, being full of the sin of His people that He willingly bore, yet without any sin of his own. He was the sin bearer and never an actual sinner (neither in act, omission, or potential), but He bore His wife’s sins nonetheless – until He carried them away forever via His redeeming work.
1 Peter 2:21-25 declares “…Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 WHO DID NO SIN, NEITHER WAS GUILE FOUND IN HIS MOUTH: 23 Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who HIS OWN SELF BARE OUR SINS IN HIS OWN BODY on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” Isaiah 53:4-6,11 puts it this way “SURELY He hath BORNE our griefs, and carried our sorrows [note: with our own felt sense of sin, the vileness thereof, the reproach it is to God, and the consequences of it, being the source of our greatest grief and sorrow]: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD HATH LAID ON HIM THE INIQUITY of us all…11 He shall see of the travail of His soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many; for HE SHALL BEAR THEIR INIQUITIES.” Yet, once again, though Christ literally bore the sins of His people, having them transferred to Him, nonetheless, Hebrews 9:28 promises that as “…Christ was once offered to BEAR THE SINS of many,” “unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time WITHOUT SIN unto salvation.” At His first coming, His first advent, he had, he bore, the sin of His people — but seeing that He put them away forever, bearing them away in His own body as He endured the full wages of those sins, He will return again without said sin (or any other for that manner)… all of the sin of His people are gone forever and we will experience that liberty from sin to the utmost when He returns… “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For HE HATH MADE HIM SIN, for us, WHO KNEW NO SIN; that we might be MADE the righteousness of God IN HIM” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
So, I believe that (a) God made Adam without sin; (b) gave him a woman, Eve (of his own body, of his own flesh and bones), who was yet without sin; (c) Eve sinned; (d) and out of (some real, but corrupted sense of) love, covenantal duty, and a desire to cleave to her and join her, forsaking father and mother for her, Adam sinned; (e) was made sin as a result; (f) and died; (g) causing sin and death to enter not only all of his seed (save Christ) but all of the world as well.
This was a type of the fact that in PERFECTION, (a) Christ (being the title for the mediatorial role of God the Word incarnate) had a people chosen in HIM by God the Father from eternity (i.e. from before the world was); (b) Christ eternally had, and has, no sin; (c) was given an elect woman in Him (His own body, of His own flesh and bones, and of His own Spirit) without sin; (d) but that elect woman sinned in the first Adam; (e) and out of perfect love for her, and perfect wisdom concerning her, Christ joined her, cleaved to her, and (temporally) left Father and Mother on the cross to save her; (f) Christ was made sin to save her, bearing her sin in His own body on the cross; (g) died the death, suffering the wrath due all of the sins of her members, sins they would have paid for, for all eternity in Hell, outside of Him; (h) upon His resurrection (and theirs in, by, and vicariously with Him), Christ evidenced that He ushered in for them eternal life, peace, mercy, forgiveness, reconciliation, imputed righteousness, imparted righteousness (which is the Spirit of God in them causing them to both will and to do of God’s good pleasure), and every other Good and Perfect spiritual gift that the Father gives us in love, and in the Beloved; and (i) guaranteed the redemption of all of creation (except the reprobate angels and human sinners), include the bodies of the elect saints, as He will usher in a new heaven and a new earth, giving His people glorified spiritual bodies when He returns again, to damn the wicked and to bring His people perfectly home.
I hope this answers any questions or concerns.
To God be the glory.