Christ, the Second Adam

I am more interested in seeing the sons of God mature and come forth than I am in following other end-time events. Who are these sons that Romans 8 talks about? They are those who are led by the Spirit, filled with the Spirit, and have the Spirit of the Father dwelling in them so that a transformation takes place. “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).[1]

 

It should be fun to be a son of God—and you know when I say “son,” I am including sons and daughters with God as your Father. Sonship is always done as a growth process and it should be fun to be one of the Father’s children. Adam and Eve walked with God every evening in the garden because the Father was teaching them, training them, adding knowledge and wisdom to them. God intended to put His arm around them and care for them as they grew up into mature sons of God who would be pleasing to the Father. But after the sin of disobedience, Adam and Eve had to be removed from the garden and separated from the tree of life—otherwise, we as humans would have lived in this sin nature for the rest of eternity. That is what God in His lovingkindness was blocking. He did not want us to be eternal beings in that sinful state. As a result, Adam and Eve could no longer see or hear God and had to build altars to call out to Him (Genesis 4:26).

 

However, Christ came as the second Adam. Yeshua (Jesus) was not superhuman; He came as Adam prior to having sinned and could see and hear God (John 5:19, 12:49). Through the virgin birth, Yeshua was once again humanity created in its pristine state where there was no violation. He was sinless and had the potential to be raised as a Son. Why? Because He was back at the place Adam was prior to sin when God created him. Christ had the freewill choice to be obedient and through obedience was made perfect (Hebrews 5:9). He knew the will of the Father and set His heart to be “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). The difference between Yeshua and Adam is that Christ stayed perfect. Likewise, we can consider ourselves “to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11). Through our Savior, we can choose to be obedient and walk in newness of life: “Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12). Determine to lay aside the old, put on Christ’s new nature, and mature as a son who is pleasing to the Father. It is available to us!

 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

Christ is our pattern. So, the sons of God, through Christ, are positioned in an enabling to have the same experience of going back to that second Adam status. We should look forward to the process of God disciplining and teaching us, as we come “to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). Just as Yeshua walked with God and heard His voice, so we can be aware of God’s presence and walk with Him as those mature sons who are pleasing to the Father.

 

[1] All Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB1995).