From Death to Life

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

1 Corinthians 15:22

Remember Adam, the first man. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). God created man, breathed life into him, and man became alive. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). Adam was made in God’s image. He was perfect, created in righteousness.

Then sin entered into the world by one man, Adam. Everyone born after Adam was born after the image of Adam. “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth” (Genesis 5:3). Just as Adam was in the image of God, Adam brought a son after his likeness. We are all born in the image of Adam, bearing the image of sinful man. We no longer bear the image of God. Because Adam’s sin was passed on to every one born, death passed to all, along with separation from God. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). However, God gave Adam a promise that He would send One to restore that broken relationship (see Genesis 3:15).

We can also remember Abraham, and the promise God gave him – the promise of a Son through whom all of the world would be blessed (the promise of Jesus – see Genesis 12:2-3). Abraham lived by faith, looking forward to Jesus. He believed the promise God gave, and Abraham was called the friend of God. “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God” (James 2:23). We are to have the faith of Abraham. “6. Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness… 8. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed” (Galatians 3:6, 8). God preached the Gospel message to Abraham.

After Moses led the people out of bondage in Egypt, God gave Moses the Law. Without the Law, mankind did not know how sinful they were, or how far they were from God. “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20). In that Law, sin was revealed. We can read how God revealed mankind’s sin to them through the centuries by the Law. However, it was not revealed without the promise that He would send One who would deliver mankind from their sin and death caused by that sin.

Having remembered these things, see how it is recorded in Romans. “19. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21. That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:19-21). In these verses we can understand that God never intended for man to live perfectly under the Law, for it is impossible. However, the intent of that Law is to reveal to mankind their need for grace – only provided by the Savior, Jesus. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).

God revealed the last Adam. The last man Adam would be life giving. “21. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive … 45. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 45-47). Adam brought death because of disobedience (sin), but Jesus brought life through obedience.

The key to regaining the likeness of Christ and losing the image of Adam is trusting in Jesus by faith. When Nicodemus came to Jesus asking who He was, Jesus explained to Nicodemus. But more than that, Jesus told Nicodemus what he must do (speaking of Himself in the following verse). “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:15). He also gave Nicodemus this warning: “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).

Remember also the encouraging words Jesus gave to Martha when her brother Lazarus had died. “25.Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26).

Do you believe this?

What must one believe?

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