Jesus Christ As 'The Last Adam' Reverses
The Curse Of The First Adam's Sin
Rock of Offence Special Commentary
The following is a special insert included on certain commentaries
dealing with the misunderstood subject of "imputing". It will repeat
some things already addressed in this study, but may also provide
answers to some questions not previously covered.
There Will Not Be Another Adam
Jesus Is The Last
There are so many aspects to what Jesus accomplished at the cross. Yet, the most astounding is found in two Scriptures taken from the words of the apostle Paul. The first is in 1 Corinthians 15:45-47:
"And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven."
It is here that Paul refers to Jesus as not only "The Lord from Heaven", but also as "The Last Adam". If you understand what's being said here, you can also understand what Paul is saying in Romans 5:17-19:
"For if by one man's offence (the first Adam) death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace AND OF THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one (the first Adam) judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one (the Last Adam) THE FREE GIFT CAME UPON ALL MEN unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience (the first Adam) many were made sinners, SO BY THE OBEDIENCE OF ONE (THE LAST ADAM) SHALL MANY BE MADE RIGHTEOUS."
The New Testament teaches that all of us have sinned--there are no exceptions. We inherited our sinful condition (and the condemnation and damnation to hell that goes with it) as a free unmerited gift from the disobedience of the first Adam, who is the father of the human race. All of us received this "gift of death" without having to do anything to obtain it. Yet, Paul tells us that Jesus is the "Last Adam". I find it interesting that he didn't refer to Jesus as "the second Adam". There will not be another Adam....JESUS IS THE LAST. Through the obedience of the Last Adam (note that it's not our obedience), the free gift of righteousness came upon all unto justification of life. This means that the Last Adam COMPLETELY REVERSED what the first Adam did--and THAT ALLOWS THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS TO COME UPON ALL BELIEVERS in a similar fashion that sin and damnation originally came upon the human race -- AS A GIFT FROM THE DEVIL. The only condition I see from the New Testament Scriptures to receive this "free gift of righteousness" (as God refers to it) is faith in Christ. That means we have no excuse for failure. It means any believer in Christ, no matter how weak or deficient in good works, can't be anything but completely righteous because God gives it as a "free gift". 1 Corinthians 5:21 calls this unique gift, "God's righteousness", which means it can never originate from you. It comes from God as a benefit of the "New Covenant in the blood of Christ". This is one of the most amazing Scriptures in the New Testament. Yet, few Christians believe or live in the light of its truth because they've been spiritually misled.
In John 3:14-16 Jesus said:
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
In the Old Testament (Numbers 21:8-9) we find the story of Moses "lifting up the serpent in the wilderness?" A lethal plague had just started to attack and kill the people of Israel. God instructed Moses to put a bronze serpent on a pole and carry it through the camp compelling those struck with the plague to look or gaze upon the serpent....AND THEY WOULD BE IMMEDIATELY HEALED OF THE PLAGUE. All the people of Israel had to do was LOOK UP AND GAZE ON THE SERPENT. Everyone who performed this simple act of faith was healed. A person's "worthiness" (or righteous way of life) was not a requirement in this healing miracle. It's extremely profound that Jesus used this story to illustrate that when He was lifted up on the pole (the cross), that whosoever (that means you and I) looks up and believes (trusts) in Him will have eternal life. It doesn't get any easier to understand.
Much of the traditional theology found in the modern church is actually contrary to what God said in His Word. Through popular teaching that distorts the context of the Bible, modern Christian leaders essentially say:
"God, your promise that freely grants eternal life is dangerous and we know you didn't really intend to give us this much freedom. As your representatives, we're adding additional requirements to the gospel to "protect" your people."
When God tells us that both righteousness and eternal life are free gifts under Christ's new covenant (Carefully read Romans 5:12-19, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 6:23, Romans 4:1-8, Romans 3:24-26, Titus 3:4-7), that's exactly what they are, whether they offend your theology or not. Our Heavenly Father does not lie, where He promises you gifts, then demands that you earn them through work. Paul attempted to address this common and dangerous religious contradiction by saying:
"And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. BUT IF IT IS OF WORKS, IT IS NO LONGER GRACE; otherwise work is no longer work." (Romans 11:6)
This simple truth offends the false religious element of the Christian church, because they wrongly mix together the Old Testament religion involving works (found in the Bible) with Christ's New Covenant salvation based on Grace (also found in the Bible). This "mixing together" (or “unified theology” as I call it) is commonly practiced to preserve religious power structures and traditional church doctrine. It's a disaster waiting to happen. The soon-to-occur "departure of the Church" (also known as “the rapture”) is a great blessing for all Christian believers, but it's a disaster and a trap for the counterfeit religious world. The rapture, which occurs before the physical Second Coming of Christ, is a future event that is connected to something called, "the resurrection of the dead" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). For this reason, you'll hear the New Testament refer to "the rapture" using this term. Some that oppose this New Testament teaching claim that the word "rapture" isn't found in the Bible -- and therefore the whole teaching is false. It is true that this English word, which is actually a New Testament Greek derivative, is not used. Yet, in the Greek language of the Bible, the event that it represents is referred to by other terms, such as "caught up to meet Christ in the air" and "the resurrection of the dead".
"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. FOR AS IN ADAM ALL DIE, EVEN SO IN CHRIST (THE LAST ADAM) SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE. But every man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits; afterward they that are Christ's AT HIS COMING." (1 Cor 15:21-23)
The Last Adam (Jesus Christ -- The Lord from Heaven) is about to perform one of the final acts that complete this great blood-bought salvation. JESUS COMPLETELY REVERSED THE SIN CURSE OF THE FIRST ADAM’S DISOBEDIENCE. As John proclaimed, the Lamb of God did indeed take away the sin of the world -- BUT ONLY IF THEY RECEIVE JESUS' OFFER OF GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN HIS ONE 'FOREVER' SACRIFICE OF BLOOD. The only thing remaining is to restore the bodies of believers to the original state the first Adam enjoyed before his disobedience and fall into sin. That's what the rapture of the Church is about. It's not some kind of modern false teaching, as some Christian leaders say. WHEN THE RAPTURE OCCURS, IT WILL NOT BE A REWARD FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE AND HOLY LIVING. It's the completion of Christ's prepaid blood-bought redemption that He initiated at the cross.
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, BUT WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (1 Cor 15:51-55)
There is a very convincing counterfeit element in the worldwide Christian Church that seeks to redefine Christ's "forever" sacrifice (which is why the word ETERNAL is used in the term “eternal life”) so that sin and the fear of losing eternal life continues to hang over our heads -- just as it did under the Old Testament religion of Judaism. Under this "different gospel", the "forever" characteristic of Christ's sacrifice is removed and the entire New Covenant of Christ is redefined. Under this "modified" gospel, if we sin, eternal life can be lost until we sincerely repent -- and this cycle of fear repeats for the rest of your life. The preachers of this popular evangelistic message fail to tell us that they have made Jesus Christ, as "The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world", nonsensical and meaningless. Why? Under their "gospel", the sin Jesus was suppose to take away remains to condemn us as long as we live. In other words, their "Jesus" (Paul referred to him as "another Jesus" or counterfeit Jesus) failed to complete the work to secure God's plan of redemption. It is a subtle way of denying Christ and His sin purifying work at the cross. Under this kind of religion, you can never know if you've "repented" enough to keep eternal life and its blessings. A very large, influential and diverse group within the Church teaches this theology. It subtly opposes God's message of New Covenant Grace and downplays the complete and eternal sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice outlined in the Scriptures. It is important to know that this is a popular and "mainstream" influence within the Christian Church. It is not some "fringe" sect or a new movement.