The Second Adam

The Second Adam

   So are you tired of reading about sin yet? Paul seems really hung up on this subject doesn’t he? However, Paul understands that good news means nothing unless contrasted with the bad news. We are sinners and Jesus came to save sinners. That is good news!!!

   Sin is an archers term that simply means to miss the mark. Therefore Paul told us in chapter 3 that all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. God’s glory and perfection is the mark we must hit in order to be accepted by Him into His kingdom. In the latter part of Chapter 5, Paul reveals the culprit – Adam. God created Adam to have fellowship with Him, but when Adam disobeyed God, he fell out of fellowship with God. And every human being that came from Adams loins was born into that separation. Sin became our nature and we couldn’t do anything about it. Thanks Adam!!! But God had a solution – The second Adam.

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19, NKJV)

   In the Gospel of John, Jesus said He does nothing of His own will, but only what the Father has told Him to do. Jesus came into this world and lived a perfectly obedient, submitted life to His Father. Paul tells us the extent of that obedience in Philippians 2: 5-8

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6–8, NLT)

   Jesus lived the life Adam fell short of. He lived the life we were powerless to live. And He lived that life for us so that we could walk with God in the “Garden”, as Adam once did. Don’t forget the reason we are not ashamed of the Gospel. “It is the power of God for Salvation to all who believe”. THAT IS GOOD NEWS! God did through His Son what we could not do so we could be with Him for all eternity. Oh how God loves us!

   If you had been Adam, do you think you would have done much better? Read the account of his fall in Genesis 3 and ask yourself what it was that made him stumble. What was it that moved Adam toward disobedience? Then ask yourself, what is it that moves me to disobey God?

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Friday, 15 December 2017