Because We're Like the First Adam, We Desperately Need the Last Adam

It isn’t that we don’t want to be men. 

In many cases, we simply don’t know how.

The world has rewritten the ideal for manhood, and it hardly resembles the picture God gave us in Adam. 

God revealed His picture of manhood in the First Adam: a man created to be a servant, a warrior, a scholar, a craftsman, an explorer, a leader, and a disciple. 

But the First Adam ultimately broke faith with his Creator. Given the choice between trusting what God told him and trusting the enemy, Adam rejected God’s instruction. 

When he did, he cut himself off from his source of authority, identity, and purpose. 

Most of us know how that feels. 

We can’t remember the last time we felt a sense of purpose. And identity? 

The identity we’ve stepped into has been crafted by the same broken world that crucified its Creator. 

 The Creator came to earth as a man and paid a terrible price to redeem us from the grip of the enemy. Jesus, who was born of a woman, lived the life of a true, authentic man. 

 Jesus was sent to earth as the Last Adam; sent to succeed where the First Adam failed by refusing to deviate from His identity and His purpose. 

The difference between the First and Last Adam was Jesus’ passion and discipline to follow the will of the Father. He turned His back on the ways of the world and submitted to the will of God. 

Where the First Adam stubbornly refused to follow God, the Last Adam followed Him to the point of death. 

The Last Adam gave His life as a sacrifice to restore us to our intended place as sons of God. Through His death and resurrection, He made a way for His Spirit to exist and grow within us. 

 

And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” 

The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

1 Cor 15:45

 

But why did the Creator go to such great lengths to save fallen men? 

Because He has a plan for each one of us. You’re here for a reason, and God wants to awaken your full potential. 

God wants you to live a life of high performance; to squeeze the most out of life and to leave a remarkable legacy for others.

Mostly, He wants you to help Him bring Heaven to earth.

Let the restoration begin.

 

 

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