Monday, 30 March 2015
A TALE OF TWO ADAMS
What are the differences between the first and last Adams? Will we choose to be identified with the first or last Adam (Christ)?
Adam came from the dust of the earth. The last Adam, Christ, came down from heaven to earth and took the form of man.
Adam fell into sin in the garden of Eden. After a passionate struggle in the garden of Gethsemane, the last Adam chose the way of the cross, thus enabling man to be forgiven of their sins.
Adam listened to the voice of satan. The last Adam constantly listens to the Father’s voice before acting.
Adam was attracted by the forbidden fruit and fell because he took the path of least resistance. However, the last Adam, through prayer, resisted the temptation of putting His own comfort above God’s will. Though He feared death, He chose to be crucified for that was God’s way to save man from the penalty of sin (Matthew 26: 39).
Adam broke God’s law. The last Adam fulfilled the requirements of the law (Matthew 5:17).
Adam’s sin cut off man’s relationship with God. The last Adam granted to man direct access to God’s throne (Hebrews 4:16).
Because of Adam, we bear the image of the man of the dust. Because of the last Adam, we can now bear the image of the man of heaven (1 Corinthians 15:49, 2 Corinthians 3:18).
Through his disobedience, Adam brought the curse of sin to all men—death (Genesis 3:19). Through His obedience, the last Adam defeated death and satan and enabled man to overcome sin (1 Corinthians 15:55, Colossians 2:15, 1 John 3:8, Romans 8:1-3).
Through Adam, paradise was lost. Man was prevented from entering the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23). Through the last Adam, paradise will be restored when the new heaven and new earth become manifest (Revelation 21:1).
At creation, Adam became a living being. After His resurrection, the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. His Spirit now lives within believers. And, one day, believers will be raised again from the dead through His resurrection power (1 Corinthians 15: 45).
The first Adam was sinful by nature and self-centred. The last Adam is sinless and adopts the attitude of a humble servant (Mark 10:45, Philippians 2:5-8).
Through Adam, we lost what was rightfully ours to satan, the ruler of this world (Genesis 1:28, John 12:31). Through the last Adam, we gain entrance into the kingdom of God with all its glorious riches (Ephesians 1:18).
Adam through his sin sent men to everlasting damnation after death without any hope (Romans 6:23). The last Adam gave man the hope of living eternally in fellowship with God, even after death (John 11: 25).
Having noted the differences between the two Adams, which Adam will we choose to be identified with? http://bit.ly/1awc42C
“The first man, Adam, became a living person. But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit”(1 Corinthians 15:45).
WHAT CHRIST ACCOMPLISHED FOR US
Christ not only forgave our sins and healed our diseases by dying at the cross. Through His resurrection, He defeated death, sin and the devil.
IT IS FINISHED
‘It is finished’ reminds us of the completion of a specific mission. Christ accomplished the work that the Father had set for Him. Christ was so focused and passionate about doing the will of the Father that food was low in his priority list. Do we have such zeal and tenacity?
TAMING THE BEAST
Sin is like a beast crouching at the door, waiting to pounce upon us. “Taming the beast” involves learning how to control our emotions—such as anger—and impulses—such as unbridled sexual desire. By doing so, we do not give satan any opportunity to destroy us.
THE INNER BATTLE
A clear understanding of the ongoing battle between the “old man” and “new man” is essential before we can walk in victory.http://bit.ly/1awc42C