Adam’s Apple or Clothed With Christ

Today is the first day for the 2015 A-to-Z Challenge. If you aren’t aware how it works, I will be posting through the alphabet this month. April 1st, today, is the letter A. I will be writing about Adam. Tomorrow will be the letter B and so forth.

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A is for Adam.

If one is going to journey through the Bible, we should probably start at the beginning, and since this is the A-to-Z Challenge, Alpha-to-Omega, we will start with the letter A.

A is for Adam. The first human God created in Genesis.

However, I can’t seem to separate myself from the fact that this is the Holy Week. So, I’m going to fast-forward a bit.

No creation story. No creation of Eve from Adam’s rib. Let’s take a look at how Old Testament Adam compares to New Testament Adam.

THE 1ST ADAM

Romans512The first Adam was created by God’s own hand. It was a supernatural creation. A whole new “live birth” technique. He was created in God’s image. Pure, undefiled, sinless.

God placed Adam in a garden with all the animals he had created and allowed him to name them. One of those creatures later caused the temptation to be placed in front of Adam that led to the first sin.

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come. Romans 5:12-14

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THE 2ND ADAM

The 1st Adam was a symbol of the 2nd Adam, Christ.

How?

Christ had a supernatural birth. He was born of Mary, a virgin, a descendant of Adam. He is the only son of God.

Adam was placed in a garden with all of the animal creations where he was tempted. Christ was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days.

Adam became a sinner and passed sin on to all of humanity. Christ faced the same possibility, but overcame the human side of His DNA to prove His deity.

Adam earned death for humanity by a tree, Christ conquered sin and victoriously paved the way to eternal life by giving His own life on a tree.

So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:21

WHO ARE WE?

The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.”#Gen 2:7. But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit. What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:45-47

We are born a natural man, an Adam. We have a sinful nature and will experience a physical death. All of us. None are exempt.

Christ, the second Adam, came to provide a way for each of us to escape the inevitable fate. His sacrifice (crucifixion) and resurrection allow us to exchange our natural body for a spiritual body.

We get to choose which Adam we want to be.

We can be born into sin, live our lives in sin, and die in sin.

Or, we can be born into sin, recognize our need to be cleansed from our sin, give our lives over to Jesus, and accept His new spiritual body that will go with us into eternal life.

And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. Galatians 3:27

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