Thank God for the Last Adam – I Corinthians 15:45-48

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Our WORD from the Lord Today comes from I Corinthians 15:45-48. I’ve entitled this devotional – Thank God for Last Adam

   Are you aware that the Bible speaks of two Adam’s? Well, today I want us to take a close look at the difference between these two Adam’s. Do you have your Bible? Open up to I Corinthians 15:45-48.

I. The First Adam – I Corinthians 15:45-48

      So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being” the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.

   There is a lot of meat in those few verses. What do we know about the first Adam?

  1. He was made – Genesis 1:26

   Genesis 1:26 –  Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”     

  The first Adam was a man – physical (Genesis 1:26). The first Adam was created in the image and likeness of God – Latin: Imago Dei. The first Adam was given dominion over all other things in creation (sea creatures, birds, cattle, etc.).

   What else do we know about Adam? We know that…

2. He was formed – Genesis 2:7

   Genesis 2:7 – Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being

   Not only was Adam made, but he was also formed, and God did the forming. Are you aware that the name Adam means “of the ground, or red earth?”

   Adam was a physical man. He was fearfully and wonderfully made and formed by God. Someone once joked and said that the way Adam will be recognized in heaven is that he will be the only man without a bellybutton.

3. He was disobedient – Genesis 3

    Adam was placed in a perfect environment, and God provided for his every need. But this is where things go from perfect to tragedy. God sees Adam alone and so He creates Adam a helper, and gives her the name Eve. Eve means “mother of us all.” No sooner was Adam and Eve brought together as the first couple that light changes to darkness, and the serpent enters into the story. The serpent deceives Eve, and she disobeys God, and gets her husband Adam to disobey God, and in Genesis 3 we have SIN entering into the world.

   Don’t miss this next statement – SIN here in Genesis 3 is why we have COVID-19, the Coronavirus, and all other types of diseases. This is why we have death, disease, destruction, and every other kind of suffering in this world today.

   Paul penned these worlds in Romans 5:12,

   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.

   Who is the “one man” mentioned in this verse? It is Adam from Genesis. The first Adam is responsible for all the chaos in our world today. You and I cannot think of one evil that didn’t start with the sin of Adam.

   In Genesis we discover that everything God created was good, and when He created man, He was considered “very good”, but shortly thereafter the good was soured and polluted with lies, death, and murder.

   Contrary to anthropoglots and sociologist mankind is not getting better. Those who us who know Jesus Christ can see what is happening around us. Good is being called evil, and evil today is being called good. Right is being called wrong, and wrong is being called right. I mean we are living in a time when people cannot even identify their own gender. This demonstrates the total depravity of mankind, and all of this can be traced by to the first Adam.

   How bad is our world? It very bad! Will we move towards a utopian society? Never!

   If I stopped now we would have no hope. Sadness would reign in our hearts. Life would look bleak, very bleak.

   But thanks be to God that He put a plan into motion. This is what the Bible is all about. It is a book about the redemption of mankind. It is the history of God’s redemption story of mankind. This is where we come to understand the need for the Last Adam.

II. The Last Adam – I Corinthians 15:45-48

   Jesus Christ is this last Adam. What do we learn about Him?

  1. Jesus is a life-giving spirit

   In the same way that God breathed physical life into the first Adam, so Jesus Christ breaths spiritual life into a natural man. Today we call this the second-birth, or being Born again (see John 3).

   Someone once said, “Born once die twice, born twice die once.” What does that mean? It means that if you only have a physical that you will have a physical death (it is appointed unto men once to die), and you will have a spiritual death (forever separated from the God who created you). However, if you have both a physical birth and a spiritual birth you will die physically, but you will NEVER face a spiritual death. No, those who have been born from above will live forever in the presence of their creator (II Corinthians 5:8).

2. Jesus is spiritual.

   There has only been one person who ever lived without sin, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. He was born by the virgin Mary. Jesus had a human mother, but the Spirit of God impregnated her womb. Jesus’ birth was supernatural. And because Jesus had no earthly father, he did not inherit the sin from the first Adam. Jesus was born without sin.

 3. Jesus was from heaven

   Isn’t this exciting information about Jesus? Jesus came down from heaven. The theological words is “incarnation” (John 1:14 – “the Word became flesh”). And the one from heaven came to show us the Father – the God who created us. But that’s not all. The Bible tells us that this man from heaven was tempted in all forms as we are tempted, and yet without sin. The heavenly man lived a perfect life. And it was because He was perfect that He could actually die in our place, and that is what happened to Jesus. The heavenly man died on a cross for your sin, and for my sin. Jesus took our place so that we could be restored back int a right relationship with the God, our creator.

   I would like to bring our time to a close by reading one additional passage of Scripture. We read in II Corinthians 5:17-21 these words,

   Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

   Thank God for the Last Adam! Do we now understand why we should give God thanks for the Last Adam? There is NOTHING better than a new creation in Christ. If you have never received Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord, I would encourage you to make this decision today.

   What have we learned from our time together?

  • We learned about two Adam’s: The first Adam of Genesis 2:7, and the Last Adam of II Corinthians 15:45-48.
  • We learned that the first Adam was made, formed, and placed in perfect a environment., the Garden of Eden.
  • We learned that the first Adam disobeyed God, and brought sin into the world (Genesis 3), and because of his sin we all have sinned (Romans 3:23).
  • We also learned about the Last Adam, our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We learned that the Last Adam was a life-giving spirit, spiritual, and from heaven.
  • We learned that the Last Adam was the only man born without a sin nature.
  • We learned that the Last Adam (Jesus Christ) was able to be the sinless sacrifice for the sins of the world.