by inhonoredglory

The Bible is a book filled with parallels. The vineyards in the New Testament represent the kingdom in the Old. The flocks of Jesus’ parables remind us of the Church chosen by God.

But one parallel should strike us lovingly, and that is the comparison of the first Adam and the second Adam. It seems basic enough – two unique individuals in history, one a man who fell away, and the other the God-man Who died for sinners. But there is more than meets the eye here; the immense love and grace of God can yet be seen in this example.

In the beginning, God created the universe. He created the beautiful garden of Eden, and placed in this paradise the first man, Adam. God then formed Eve, who was wife and helper of Adam. But as we know, in Genesis 3, Eve took of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, and sin first entered the world. It is interesting to note that the Church can parallel Eve in this regard; we were the ones who sinned against God; we took of the fruit in our lives with our unregenerate hearts.

But of more importance than this is Adam’s taking the blame for the sin of future generations. We find many passages pointing to Adam, not Eve, as the progenitor of innate sin: “by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,”1 “by one man’s offense death reigned by one,”2 and “in Adam all die.”3 But wasn’t it Eve who first gave in to the serpent? Therein lies the beautiful grace of God. Even as Eve sinned but Adam takes the blame, so have Christians sinned, but the Saviour took our place.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,

while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.4

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.5

We deserved destruction, but God in his amazing love, took our debt and paid it in full with His death on the cross. To what can we compare the love of God?

In Genesis 4, we read of Eve bearing the first children, Cain and Abel. These births inaugurate the generations that would populate the globe. It is interesting to note that the Bible – and most of history for that matter – identify children by their father’s name: for example, “James the son of Zebedee.”6 From this we can conclude that even though a woman bears a child, he is known through his father. We can parallel this to our relationship with humankind and Christ. Though we are born to mortals and sinful man, through Christ we have become the children of God.

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,

that we should be called the sons of God:7

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.8

Christians should joy in the assurance that God considers us His children. As an earthly father cares for his children, so does our heavenly Father care for us. Who can vanquish the love of a father?

Another attribute of the descendants of Adam is their innate depravity. The Psalmist declares that we are “brought forth in iniquity” and “in sin” are conceived.9 All men are “by nature the children of wrath”10 From Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden all men have fallen under the shroud of sin and death: “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.”11

All of Adam’s sons are born unto death. But what joy it is to find that all of God’s children are born unto life!

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is

eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.12

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.13

The children of the first Adam die in spiritual sin, but the children of the second Adam live in spiritual hope. What a glorious contrast to the merciful love of God!

Christians should rejoice in knowing that God has paid our price, that He makes us His children, that He has destined us to life. Let us be comforted in the knowledge of God’s unfailing love, in His unconditional care, and His gift of hope and life. Let us be thankful for the first man’s bearing of us unto earthly life, and the second Man’s cleansing, choosing, and rendering us unto eternal life. Let us always be driven to discover His promises and attributes. Let us joy in Christ Who took our place. Let us praise our God Who is our Father. Let us rest in the peace that comes with eternal hope and delight. Let us never forget the love of God Who saved us.

The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.14

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,

shall be able to separate us from the love of God,

which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.15

In this was manifested the love of God toward us,

because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world,

that we might live through him.16

1 Romans 5:19

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2 Romans 8:17

3 I Corinthians 15:22

4 Romans 5:8

5 I Corinthians 15:21-22

6 Matthew 4:21

7 John 3:1a

8 Galatians 3:26

9 Psalm 51:5

10 Ephesians 2:3

11 Romans 8:12

12 Romans 6:23

13 I Corinthians 15:22

14 I Corinthians 15:47

15 Romans 8:39

16 I John 4:9