Revealing the SIMPLICITY that’s in Christ

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Jesus: the last Adam and the second Man!



There is a great misunderstanding that believers who struggle with and indulge in sin and who still love the things of this world, do so because they don’t love God enough. That’s what we hear from a lot of preachers who tell struggling believers to love God more, thinking that if they would love God more, they would love sin and the world less. But look at what John tells us in 1 John 2:15 - “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Notice that it is the love OF the Father, not the love FOR the Father. So struggling believers who love the world and are trapped by worldly pursuits are actually people who don’t know or don’t believe in their hearts the love of the Father for them. Unfortunately, we hear a lot of messages that are all about our love for the Father that says things like, “You’ve got to love God more! You’ve got to love God more!” Even notice that the high majority of our worship songs are about our love for the Lord. What we really need is more singing and preaching that is all about the love of the Father and how much He loves each one of us. It will never be about our love for Him, but always about His love for us! Beloved friends, the truth is that when people come to truly know and believe the Father’s love for them and have it burning in their hearts, they will no longer want to go out and live like the devil, see 1 John 4:16. There is just something powerfully transformative about God's unconditional love seen through His amazing grace! If you’ve tasted and savored the love and grace of your heavenly Father, you never want to live in the wilderness of sin, away from the Father’s embrace, ever again, see 1 Peter 2:1-3!!!



← Christ and Adam →


This revelation of grace, that Jesus is the last Adam and the second Man, clarifies a lot when it comes to understanding the Scriptures! Look at what Paul said regarding this opposite in 1 Cor 15:21-22 - “For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” There are only 2 spiritual positions that a person on this planet may be in: he's either in Adam, or he's in Christ! And one cannot be in both places - that's impossible! If someone is in Adam, that means that everything in his spirit in from Adam's transgression against God - it's inherited from him. This means all of the sin and death of darkness that Adam was born into after his fall was passed down to every person born into this planet. Likewise if someone is in Christ because of his faith in His finished work, everything in his spirit has been made alive by what's in Christ! He's a brand new creation through and through, see 2 Cor 5:17! The old things things of darkness that use to be in him from Adam’s transgression, has been completely removed. And in its place, the new things of light from Christ’s obedience, has been deposited inside of his spirit when it was reborn and recreated by the Spirit of God! Paul goes on in this chapter in teaching us this spiritual phenomenon and reality. We pick it up in v.45-49 from the niv - “So it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.” This reality of being in Christ is completely based on the last Adam and the second Man! Jesus is called the LAST Adam - not the second Adam, which would imply a third, a fourth, etc. As the last Adam, Christ is the sum total of all humanity; as the second Man, He is the Head of a new race of grace! We have here in these 2 titles, two different unions, the one relating to His death and the other to His resurrection. With the first, His union with the human race as “the last Adam” began historically at Bethlehem and ended at the cross and the physical tomb. In it, He gathered up into Himself all of the death that was in Adam and took it to judgment and death - did away with that completely and utterly! With the second, our union with Him as “the second man” begins in resurrection and ends, well, in eternity — which is to say, it never ends! For having in His death, He did away with the first man, He rose again as the second man, Head of a new race of men!



Christ - the last Adam and the second Man


When Jesus was crucified on the cross, He was crucified as the last Adam. All the darkness of sin and death that was in the first Adam was gathered up and done away in Him. As the last Adam, He was crucified as our sin-sacrifice, dead and buried! And here is the keen and glorious secret - we were included there in Him! As the last Adam, He wiped out the old race of the old man - and as the second Man, He brings in the new race along with the new species of men and women clothed with the Righteousness of God! It’s in His resurrection that He stands forth as the second Man, and there too we are included in Him. Paul said it this way in Rom 6:5 - “For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection”. We died with Him as the last Adam, but we now live and reign with Him as the second Man! The cross and resurrection is thus the mighty act of God which translates us from Adam to Christ and by your new birth (when you first came to Christ), all of this was made a reality in you! This is the circumcision made in you WITHOUT HANDS. Paul said it this way in Col 2:11 - “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ”.



Christ, as the last Adam, is the end of the law


As the last Adam, Christ did away with the law. Look at what Paul said in Rom 10:4 about this - “Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” (niv)  The word “culmination” means that the law’s over and done with! And if there's any wonder about what law that Paul is referring to, he says in the next verse - “The person who does these things will live by them.” (niv)  Moses said this from Lev 18:5 regarding the righteousness that one would obtain through his own performance - and no one did - that was, until Jesus came into this world! As our last Adam Jesus fulfilled the law, which qualified Him in becoming the lamb of God, who took away the sin of the world! Look at how John the Baptist said this in John 1:29 - “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” I want you to notice a couple of truths that John said here about the last Adam. The first truth is that he said “sin” singular and not “sins” plural. There is a difference which I'll explain in a moment. But the second truth is that he put the definite article THE in front of the word SIN - “who takes away THE SIN…” John is telling us that our last Adam took away the sin of the world. “The” sin describes THE transgression that the first Adam committed against God and what he spiritually passed down to every person that was born into this planet. The sin is known by some as the “Adamic nature”, and to others as the “sin nature”. Whatever you or anyone else may want to call it, it describes the sin principle of darkness and all that pertained to it, that we all spiritually inherited from the first Adam. Jesus as the last Adam, took away all of the sin and death that the first Adam spiritual passed down! Jesus put an eternal and perpetual end to it!



the teaching of the last Adam in Rom 5


Look at how Paul teaches this about the first Adam in Rom 5:12 - “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned”. I don't want to take up the time and space here to show you all of these comparisons (really they're analogies) between the first Adam and the last Adam in Romans 5, so I'll pick it up in v.19 where Paul says - “For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.” As the first Adam’s disobedience made many sinners - because that sin was passed down to everyone born into this planet afterwards, the obedience of the last Adam made many Righteous! Paul told us in Phil 2:8 that this obedience was His obedience to go to the cross and in becoming our sin-sacrifice! Your entire life - as it pertains to your Father in heaven - is based and founded in this verse - it's about His obedience to God, not your obedience to Him! See your blessings are all about Jesus’ obedience - not your obedience, as many have taught. Because Jesus was the last Adam, there's nothing that you could ever do or not do that would make you more pleasing to the Father than you are right now! Because Jesus was the last Adam, there's nothing that you could ever do or not do that would make you any more Righteous than you are right now! When you get to heaven and finally stand before your Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, your spirit - the real you - is not going to be any different than it is right now! Eternal thanks be to God and our Lord Jesus Christ for Him being the last Adam!



Christ, as the second Man, brought in grace


Paul continues his teaching in Romans 5 and makes this statement in v.20-21 - “Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Because of the first Adam the law was given to the people of Israel so that the offenses might increase and as a result, sin would abound. However because Jesus was the last Adam who fulfilled that law and became our sin-sacrifice and was dead and buried, He rose again as the second Man and where sin once abounded, now grace abounds much more! In this verse, the words “much more” literally reads that grace “hyper-abounded”! This means that grace, through the second Man, did not just abound - it went over-the-top!!!


Now through the second Man, grace reigns through God's Righteousness - describing who you are now, now what you can earn, merit or deserve through your performance! And because it works this way, it results in eternal life for and in all those who believe - not achieve, but believe! Eternal life is the life of the new grace-race! Under the era of the first man Adam, sin and death reigned over everyone in the old race. But now because of the second man and a new race, eternal life is the life we now have! The word “eternal” doesn't just mean “never ending” - which is glorious in itself - but it also carries with it the idea of ever-increasing and a perpetual flow of life! That means that while you are here on this side of heaven, you can experience a flow of ever-increasing God-life in you and in your situations! Eternal life is the fulfillment of what was spoken long ago in Deut 11:21, kjv - “That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.” Because Jesus was the second Man and brought in a new race, you can now experience, “days of heaven upon the earth”! This describes the eternal life that you now have on the inside!



the reality of the second Man taught in Rom 6


This is exactly what Paul started teaching us in Romans 6. Look at Paul’s question in v.1 - “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” To the natural mind, grace sounds scandalous, because someone cannot wrap their head around grace. And one would naturally think that grace gives them the freedom to do whatever they want. And in all honesty, grace DOES give us that freedom - but maybe not the way that people have thought. See Paul in this verse is actually making a statement of truth that is surrounded by rhetorical questions. Look at his answer in the next verse, because it has everything to do with Jesus being the second Man and how it relates to us being the new race - “Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” The truth-statement of grace is in the 2 words, CERTAINLY NOT! Certainly not, shall one continue under sin’s dominion and thumb of the enemy! It cannot happen! It's an impossibility! Because of the last Adam, the cord of sin and death has been eternally severed! I know that this raises many questions by others like, “Well now, Gene, why then do many believers still struggle with sin?” Paul gets to questions like this later as he goes forward in his teaching. Actually the question of v.15 addresses that specific question. But here in v.1, he's talking about something different. He's talking about the reality of the second man who brought in a completely new face! See what we may not see in our Bible translations is that Paul just like we saw above in what John the Baptist said about Jesus, in chapter 6, used the words, “the sin” and not just “sin”. Paul used these 2 words a total of 16 times in the 23 verses. But once again, most of our Bible translations don't translate it that way and without the Spirit’s revelation of what people have read from Rom 6, they have thought that Paul was referencing the actions of sin that believers make at times. Paul is telling us the reality of being identified with the last Adam and what has been wrought in us from the second Man!


I'll now jump down to v.23. In this verse, you'll notice how Paul summarized this entire chapter by saying - “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The incredible truth here in this verse is that in the original text, there's not 1 verb listed. All of the verbs, of course, were added to make sense to us as we read it. But this verse literally reads, “For the wages of sin - death - but the gift of God - eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. This is much like the last verse of chapter 5 that we saw earlier. Paul in v.23 describes the “before and after” life of the believer. It's like those infomercials about a fantastic way to loose weight. Where in the infomercial, they always show the before and after pictures of people, to make you want to buy their product. Well Paul does the same thing here in v.23 about you and the reality that you now have because of Jesus - the last Adam and the second Man! Before Christ, you were under the sin wage and could not escape death. But now in Christ, you are no longer under that death-system, but you are under the eternal life-system by the gift of God's grace!


With that in mind, I'll jump back a bit to v.7 with, hopefully, a better understanding of what Paul is saying to us - “For he who has died has been freed from (the) sin.” Through the last Adam, you have died once-for-all with Him to sin! So now through the second Man and being completely new, you are free from the sin! The principle of sin called the sin nature or the Adamic nature still exists all around you in this world, but it no longer exists in you! You have died to it once-for-all! The “license to sin” scenario that many teach is the law, see 1 Cor 15:56. It is the law - any standard that one may hold to that promotes him to works - that encourages and entices one to sin. This is why Paul goes into Romans 7 - not to teach believers that they have an inward struggle with doing the right things (for he would be undoing everything that he just taught in Romans 6), but to teach believers that they, through the last Adam and the second man, have died to the law and should walk in the newness of life free from any standard, see Rom 7:2-6!



Grace teaches us the reality of Jesus being the last Adam and the second Man. It also teaches us that at one time, you were in the first Adam and the reality afforded to at that time was death. There was no escaping sin and death at that time in your life - you were part of an old system and an old race of darkness. Now we can start to really understand the beautiful words of 2 Cor 5:17-18 - “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God”. I hope that through this lesson, you have a better understanding of what it means for you to be a NEW CREATION and to have on the inside God-things!

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