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Devotional - week of January 31, 2016


JESUS: “THE LAST ADAM”—“THE SECOND MAN”

“The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit… The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.  1 Corinthians 15:45, 47

The first Adam—the head of the human race—corrupted himself as God had made him. Therefore, he could not produce a race of people as God intended human beings to be. 

Jesus, “The Last Adam,” being a life-giving Spirit, does produce a race as God intended humanity to be. Otherwise, why would He not be called “The Last Man” rather than “The Second Man?”

Everyone who receives Jesus as Lord and Savior will be given the same glorified body with which Jesus was raised—true humanity.

Those who receive Jesus will be delivered from the power of sin and will be filled with the Holy Spirit by experiencing their crucifixion—true humanity. They will live life in the heavenlies and have power over Satan and the world by experiencing their resurrection—true humanity. Believers who experience their crucifixion and resurrection live a supernatural life—true humanity.

Consider the following passages:

Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know …  Acts 2:22

Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.  Acts 14:27

In Acts 14:27, Paul and Barnabas describe the activities of their first missionary journey with words very similar to the words Peter uses in Acts2:22 to describe the ministry of the Man Jesus.

In their first missionary journey, Paul and Barnabas—in experiencing their crucifixion, burial, and resurrection—had their moments of experiencing true humanity. And so can we.