Thursday, May 26, 2016

First and Second Adam Contrasted

In his sermon, Straight Answers About Creation, John MacArthur offers a series of contrasts between the first Adam and second Adam (Christ) I thought worth exploring. Though we could certainly add dozens more of these, I thought MacArthur's list was an insightful one. I will first offer them in bulletpoint form and then offer the full quote afterwards.
  • The first Adam was given life. The second gives life.
  • The first Adam brought death. The second conquers death.
  • The first Adam lost paradise. The second gains paradise.
  • The first Adam is earthy. The second Adam is heavenly. 
Here is the quote in full:
Romans, chapter 5 – just a couple of things to read you as I try to make this point clear – Romans 5: “So then through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience, Adam, the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.” You have Adam and Christ, Adam and Christ, the first and the last. Adam is such a picture of Christ.

First Corinthians 15 says the first Adam was given life. Adam: the first Adam was given life. The second Adam gives life. First Corinthians 15 says the first Adam brought death, the second Adam conquers death. Revelation says the first Adam lost paradise, the second Adam gains paradise.

First Corinthians 15, the first Adam is earthy, the second Adam is heavenly. First Corinthians 15, the first creation is in the likeness of God, the new creation again is in the likeness of God. First Corinthians 15, the first creation of bodies diverse, the new resurrection creation of bodies diverse. The juxtaposing of Adam and Christ, and Adam and Christ, and Adam and Christ all through the redemptive story; all these are salvation analogies drawn out of Genesis 1 to 3, all of them.
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