significance of Adam as a type doesn't become apparent to us until
we see him contrasted with the Last Adam.
Jesus is never called
second, third or fourth Adam. In the Bible, He is always the Last
Adam because there could never be another one like Him. He is
the only one of a unique kind.
"God after He
spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions
and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son,
whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made
the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation
of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.
When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right
hand of the Majesty on high . . ." (Hebrews 1:13).
Even though he was
the head of God's creation Adam failed. With his disobedience,
he brought depravity on his whole family and to every descendent
down through the ages. We inherited sin and death from old Adam.
"Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the
world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men,
because all sinned . . . " (Romans 5:12).
In old Adam we all
die, however, in the Last Adam, we have eternal life so that we
will never die. Jesus said to Martha, "I am the resurrection
and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,
and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you
believe this?" (John 11:2526).
The Apostle Paul brings
out the contrast vividly when he wrote, "For as in Adam all
die, so also in Christ all will be made alive." (I Corinthians
15:20). "But the free gift is not like the transgression.
For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more
did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man,
Jesus Christ, abound to the many" (Romans 5:15). "For
if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the
one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of
the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One,
Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:17).
Then he adds, "through
one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even
so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification
of life to all men" (5:18).
The first Adam was
tempted and failed the test, and in him, we all continue to sin
and die. The Last Adam was tempted as was the first, but remained
sinless, and lived a perfect life of righteousness. Jesus Christ
is the only " . . . One who has been tempted in all things
as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15b).
The first Adam began
with everything provided for him in the Garden of Eden and he
lost everything. The Last Adam began with nothing in a stable
and ended with everything. "For you know the grace of our
Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake
He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich"
(II Corinthians 8:9).
The first Adam was
commissioned to "be fruitful" replenish the earth. The
Last Adam came to "bring many sons to glory" and to
fill heaven with redeemed people known as His Bride.
The first Adam lived
a long fruitful life to accomplish his destiny. The Last Adam
was born to die to accomplish God's eternal purpose.
The first Adam was
given a bride as a helpmate. The Last Adam had to purchase His
Bride, at the cost of His very life. The bride of the first Adam
was painless since he was placed in a deep sleep. However, the
Bride of the Last Adam was purchased through the deep sleep of
His death on the cross of Calvary.
The first Adam lost
his bride through age, disease and death. The Last Adam will never
be separated from His Bride.
Through the first Adam's
disobedience all mankind were all made to be sinners, however,
through the Last Adam "many were made righteous" (Romans
5:19). That righteousness that we have received as believers is
His gift to us. It is not because we merited it, or earned it.
It is ours because He has adopted us and placed us into His family.
He is now the head of our family, not old Adam.
Before the Fall Adam
and Eve enjoyed the Garden of Eden, a perfect paradise, however
as God's redeemed children we have been made to sit with Christ
in heavenly places.
Claim your inheritance
today by faith in Jesus Christ. Adam is no longer the head of
your family; now Jesus is the head of your family, therefore live
like you are a member of the family. Don't forget to whose family