In my last post (found here), I focused on Adam, attempting to show that Adam was a type of Christ. He was formed separately from natural mankind and uniquely walked in fellowship with God, was God’s representative on earth, and was the steward of His kingdom. Adam’s fall set in motion the loss of the kingdom of God on earth and the total reign of death and darkness in the hearts of all men.
In 1 Corinthians 15:45,47 Paul refers to Jesus as “the last Adam” and “the second man.” Paul directly compares Jesus with Adam because they are actually very similar, being the only two who God chose to be the “archetype” and firstborn of those who would establish His kingdom on earth. The first man “died” spiritually, but regarding Jesus, Hebrews 5:9 states: “And having been perfected (by steadfast faithfulness to his call), He became the author (cause, source) of eternal salvation to all who obey (hearken to) Him…” This salvation is founded on being born again, as part of an entirely new creation.
Paul goes into great detail about Adam’s fall and Christ’s victory over it in Romans 5:12-21. Here are parts of this passage:
12 Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned… 17 For if by the one man’s (Adam’s) offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ…18 Therefore, as through one man’s (Adam’s) offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. 20Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more. 21…as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” In Adam, sin reigned through offended law unto death. In Christ, grace reigns through imputed righteousness unto eternal life.
Paul also wrote this: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”1 There is no way to avoid being born “in Adam” and therefore dead. Please understand, it’s very possible to spend a lifetime being religiously active or outwardly good, but still in Adam and spiritually dead. Like I wrote before, true death, as God sees it, is simply the absence of His spirit and mind, which is the only source of true life. The wellspring of “death” on the earth is the natural human mind2, the darkened mind of “Adam,” which is separated from God and incapable of connecting with Him. Thus, we must be born again, individually and corporately, under Jesus Christ, the last Adam and the second Man.
Maybe you’ve read in scripture of the “old man,” in passages like these:
- “…Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”
“…That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts…”
- “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds…”3
The “old man” is Adam, and for you and I personally, the old man we are to put off is the darkened mind and corrupt nature which all of us inherited from him, which we have known as our “life.” Just as important, we are to put on the “new man,” the mind and life of Christ:
- “…Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
- “…And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
- “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”4
The process of putting off Adam and putting on Christ can be hindered, and it’s plain to see that by and large, it has been. In Jesus’ parable of the seed and sower (Matthew 13), he reveals that a heart/mind of understanding, a lifestyle/values which allow room for communion with God and spiritual growth, and a deep-seated commitment are all essential for the seed of the word of God, Christ himself, to take root and grow in us. As it does, the new man’s spiritual wisdom, zeal for the house of God, and unquenchable love for the Father’s glory are produced within us effortlessly. If this takes place, it’s an inevitability that light will begin to shine and the will of God will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
I hope this made sense and was helpful. I esteem the Lord Jesus Christ and beg the Father to give us grace to see Jesus, to bear our cross every day and follow him. Not for our sake, but for the Kingdom’s sake. Amen.
- 1 Corinthians 15:22
- Romans 8: 6,7
- Romans 6:6, Ephesians 4:22, Colossians 3:9
- Colossians 3:10, Ephesians 4:24, Galatians 3:27