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Last Adam - Adam at Last!

As the saying goes, “Evil men prosper when good men remain silent.”  How cataclysmic consequences of Adam’s silence in the garden was; a silence which opened the door to sin and death and caused him to trade dominion with God for domination by the devil.
 
It’s important to understand that First Adam (as the Apostle Paul refers to Adam in 1 Corinthians 15:45) was not simply a man – he was the federal head of the human race.  That means that whatever happened to Adam happened to all humankind.  Humanity would inherit his legacy; humankind genetically connected to Adam.  What happened to Adam happens to us.
 
From the Scriptures, we learn that Adam was made in the image and likeness of God [Gen. 1:26].  It’s surely significant that when Adam produced a son (Seth) by Eve after the death of his first born (Abel), Seth is said to be made not in the image of God but in the image of Adam [Gen. 5:3].  Seth inherited sin and death from his father, Adam, the “living being” [1 Cor. 15:45].  We’ll see the implications of this in a later chapter when we examine the Apostle Paul’s designation for Jesus as “Last Adam” [also 1 Cor. 15:45] whom the apostle describes as being a “life-giving spirit”.
 
Suffice now to ensure that we’re under no illusion as to the seismic consequences of the Fall.  Thus, says the Apostle Paul –
 
“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”
~ Romans 5:12
 
Notice too what the apostle says about Jesus who is Last Adam –
 
“Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.”
~ Romans 5:18 
 
Hold that thought in your mind.  First Adam, who was “a living being”, died in sin whilst Last Adam, who is a life-giving spirit, died for sin.  Adam’s involuntary death brought death for all.  Christ’s voluntary death brought life for all.  Moreover, in so doing, Last Adam (Jesus) becomes the Federal Head of a new humanity.
 
Let’s recapitulate.  Because of the disobedience of First Adam, all died.  However, because of the obedience of Last Adam, all are made alive.  Nevertheless, men’s starting position is that they’re dead.  Christ is alive in them but they’re not alive in Christ.
 
Q:What’s the most pressing need of a dead person?
A:Life.
 
Q:How is the person going to get life?
A:Well, this may sound a bit odd, paradoxical even, but in order to get a new life, the person must die because God gives life to the dead.
 
Q:How else can Man escape the legacy of his genetic disorder?  Will good works be able to help him?
A:No.
 
Q:What if Man lives a life wholly obedient to the Law and the Ten Commandments?  Would that help him?
A:No.
 
Q:Why not?
A:Because he would still not have dealt with his core condition, viz. he was born dead in his sins.
 
Q:What is Man’s only hope?
A:He must be born again but this time, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God [John 1:12].
 
This is patently not something Man can do for himself.  He needs to be enjoined into the new humanity and become, if you will, a new creature [2 Cor. 5:17].
 
Returning momentarily to the Garden of Eden, we are in time to hear the Lord pronouncing the curse on the serpent.  “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” [Gen. 3:15]  There’s a number of matters deserving our attention (so many rabbits to chase but so little time) but let’s give our attention to one statement in particular – “the seed of the woman”.  “Now, why,” you ask, “is that significant?”  The reason is that what produces children is the fertilisation by the seed of the man but if the new Federal Head is to avoid the contamination of First Adam, the Lord must find a way to bypass Adam, lest He too be blighted by the sin nature.  It’s for this reason that the doctrine of the virgin birth is so fundamental to the Christian story [Luke 1:31-35].  Jesus, the Last Adam, has to be like us in every regard and yet, be without sin.  He has to be as Adam was, i.e. potentially perfect.  Jesus has to be tempted in every regard and yet, is without sin.
 
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”  And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”  And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy [i.e. without a sin nature] – the Son of God.”
 

~ Luke 1:31-35 

 
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