*Credit to Dan Gochnour for being the first to present these things to me, particularly regarding Adam as a unique spiritual man, formed rather than created.
Did you know Adam wasn’t the first man? Genesis 1 tells of God creating plants, animals, and mankind, giving man the direction to take dominion over the rest of creation. Genesis 2 then begins: “1Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.”
Adam is different and distinct from the Genesis 1 creation. In Genesis 2:7, having already created man and resting from His work, God takes “dust” from the ground and forms Adam. Adam was formed, not created. In Adam’s case alone, God breathes “the breath of life” into him, which I believe means God animated Adam with His own life and spirit, making Adam alive in a unique sense (like Jesus was when he was on earth). God furthermore places Adam in a special, specific place, the garden in Eden, representing the kingdom of God. Adam is even referred to as a “son of God” in Luke 3:38. Like Jesus, Adam walked in fellowship and harmony with his Father, was innocent of sin, and was given a mandate to “dress and keep” the kingdom of God, which was different from the mandate to take dominion given to “created” mankind. I’m not minimizing Christ, and I do believe God intended for Jesus to come to earth all along, I just want us to see that Adam wasn’t just another human, he was more like an original Christ on earth.
In 1 Timothy 2:14, Paul states that while Eve was deceived by the serpent in the garden, Adam was not; he knew what he was doing when he ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. It was only Eve who was tempted by the forbidden fruit’s promises and potential. I believe the serpent knew that tempting or deceiving Adam directly was pointless, so he used Eve as a means of influencing him. Apparently, Eve had a tremendous influence on Adam, because he followed her instead of His Father. This is representative of our human soul (mind/will/emotions), represented by Eve, being susceptible to deception and corruption, and the potential for our spirit, represented by Adam, to fail to cover our soul and out of pity or love or some other reason, to follow the soul’s cravings, desires, and direction.
I believe that before the fall, Adam ruled over the rest of mankind from the kindgom of God (like Christ will do one day). But once Adam followed Eve and partook of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, natural/carnal/fleshly wisdom took root in his heart and mind, and he instantly lost his communion with God and forfeited his position of authority. God had told Adam and Eve that the very day they ate of the Tree of Knowledge, they would “die.” God is spirit. He doesn’t see death as a cessation of brainwave activity or a heartbeat, but simply as absence of His life/spirit. Therefore in the truest sense, Adam and Eve died the instant they ate. Not only did they die, but they spread their dead nature (carnal perception, fear, self-awareness, knowledge of good and evil) to all their descendents. Adam failed in his mission to maintain the kingdom of God, choosing to follow Eve instead, but Jesus succeeded in his mission of fulfilling the law and reclaiming the kingdom of God.
With more understanding of who Adam was, in my next post I want to look closer at Jesus as the “second man” and “last Adam,” as Paul refers to him in 1 Corinthians 15. I’ve been shown some cool stuff about that recently. God bless you.