Sunday January 3 2021 The Last Adam

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THE LAST ADAM

“And so, it is written, The first man Adam became a living being. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” (NKJV)

In the King James version the passage reads as follows.

“And so, it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”

The first phrase, “was made” contains two Greek words: was = ginomai, which means “to become,” i.e. “to come into existence,” and a second word, a preposition “eis” meaning “into, among,” as in with us in our time-space reality. The second “was made  only contains the preposition “eis” and not the word for “made.” This indicates that the Last Adam was not made in the same sense as the first Adam. The difference being that Christ was not made but as the preposition “eis” suggests it indicates “a point of entry” by “The Word made flesh.” Jn. 1:1)

Christ was not made in the sense that Adam was made and this is suggested in the grammar of this verse. Christ – The Word – was “in the beginning” Jn. 1:1. The Word – Jesus – “made all things” Col. 1:13-18. The Son of God was “begotten of the Father” Jn. 1:14.

He is of the same essence as the Father and as the Holy Spirit – and “these three are one” 1 Jn. 5:7. The point of the above Scripture is to show the vast difference between the first Adam and the Last Adam.

Now remember that the word for man is Adam. “Let us make man [Strong’s H120, ‘adam,’ man, mankind] in our image” Gen. 1:26.           It also is the name of the first man. So Adam, means “man, mankind” and also the name given this first man. He was made from the dust of the earth, Gen. 2:7, and God breathed into this “man” the “breath of life; and man became a living soul.” The root for this Hebrew word for adam is “to be red” perhaps indicating the hue of the dust from which he was formed. There is also the obvious prophetic picture here with the start of the “crimson ribbon” running throughout the history of man up to the blood of Jesus and beyond. This first adam was the object of the creative power of The Last Adam.

And as the initial Scripture states, this Last Adam, already the ever Eternal Living One, became a “quickening” or life-given spirit. By the efficacy of Christ’s work on the cross He proved victorious and imparted to all believers His Holy Spirit which gave all a new and eternal life. Where Adam’s failure brought death to all his offspring, The Last Adam brought new life, through The Spirit, to all His offspring! Jesus is called the Last Adam not because He would be the last man to be born of woman, but that He would be the One who would stand in the place of the first man and overcome his failure by His own victory. He is the Last Adam in that none other could or will ever arise to accomplish what He did nor add to what He did.

Let’s consider the victory of The Last Adam.

 The entire Old Testament builds up expectation for the Messiah. God promised Eve that she would have an Offspring who would defeat the serpent (Gen. 3:15). When the story of Jesus opens, there has not been a prophet for four hundred years, yet Israel was buzzing with messianic expectation because of prophecies regarding the timing of the Messiah’s coming.1  One of these prophecies is found in Daniel 9: 26-27, the so-called “seventy weeks of Daniel” which has been thoroughly explained by Sir Robert Anderson in his book “The Coming Prince.” Jesus even condemned the religious leaders of His day for not knowing the time of their visitation (Luke 19:44).

Israel was under Rome’s rule and longed for the Messiah to come and deliver them. Both Matthew and Luke set up Jesus’ story with great expectations for His ministry with genealogies, accounts of miraculous activity surrounding his conception and infancy. Both recount the opening of His public ministry  with His baptism by John the Baptist, where God declares Jesus to be His beloved Son. Directly afterwards, the Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness where He fasts and prays for forty days (Matt. 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13). The accounts tell us that after this He was hungry, and it was at this point, when Jesus was at His most vulnerable, that Satan comes to tempt Him.

The test of dependence upon self-sufficiency versus trust and dependence in God’s word.

Satan addresses Jesus’ hunger by saying, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 2 I don’t know about you but I hear this almost every day from non-believers in one way or another. “If Jesus is the Son of God how come . . .” The knife’s edge, the point of departure, the statement that determines one’s eternal residence.

It’s not immediately apparent why this would be a sin, because Jesus miraculously created food on at least two later occasions. But Jesus never used the Spirit’s power solely to serve Himself, and this is what Satan was tempting Him to do. Rather, Jesus’ mission was to do only what the Father willed for Him. Jesus responded by quoting Deuteronomy 8:3: “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” In the garden, Adam and Eve had the pick of every fruit in the garden except for the one that God prohibited, yet they could not withstand temptation even in this setting of plenty. Christ, the Last Adam proves Himself to be the better Adam by succeeding in a context of extreme privation.

Testing versus Trust

Satan attacks God’s provision for the Son, taking Him to the highest point of the Temple and saying, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning you . . .” (Matt. 4:6). Satan is quoting Ps. 91:11-12 here. “For he will give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Satan uses the word of God in an attempt to justify sin. He takes a verse and departs from the context to tempt Jesus to act from mistrust. We can assume that God would indeed protect the Son until the appointed time for Him to sacrifice Himself. Jesus views it as an unacceptable test of the Lord to actually jump, He again quotes Scripture: “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” In the Garden, Satan attacked God’s word, telling Adam and Eve that God’s command wasn’t for their good, but because He selfishly wanted to keep them from becoming like Him. They decided to test whether God’s word was true or not – and paid the price. Jesus’ perfect trust in His Father and refusal to test Him is a second victory where Adam failed.

 

 

Choice of Submission to Sin or Defeat of Sin.

Finally, Satan shows Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. He promises to give Jesus all these kingdoms if Jesus only bows down and worships him. Satan does not bother to misquote Scripture this time, just boldly offers Him all the world if Jesus worships him. However, this is a road to ruling the world without dealing with its sin. Satan knows that Jesus has come to defeat him, and wants to subvert that. Jesus summarily quotes Scripture again and Satan leaves him “until an opportune time.”

Adam wanted to become like God, an idolatrous and blasphemous desire that ultimately condemned him and all his descendants to return to the dust from which he was made. But Jesus, God the Son, whose destiny it was to rule the nations, refused to take what was rightfully His via any route except that which the Father laid out. And while Adam succumbed to Satan, in effect worshipping him when he decided the serpent was more trustworthy than God, Jesus was victorious the third time.

There are obvious parallels between the temptations of Jesus and those of Adam and Eve. Prior to Adam’s testing God had pronounced that what He had created was “very good.” Similarly, prior to the temptations of Jesus God had said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” While Adam and Eve were in a well-watered and lush garden, Jesus was in a barren wilderness with no food for forty days. And while Eve responded to her temptation with her own thoughts and perceptions, Jesus responded with the word of God. In comparing the actual temptations we find that the first temptation was regarding food. The second temptation was regarding God’s provision and the third temptation is about idolatry.

Jesus, The Last Adam, demonstrated His total worthiness and victory whereas the first Adam failed miserably. 3

In the days of the Temple, there was a small cloth bag containing coins used in a ceremony called the Pidyon Ha Ben which means “the Redemption of the Son.” The firstfruits or firstborn of the womb were considered holy and belonging to the Lord. The firstborn lambs were offered as sacrifices. The firstborn sons of Israel were to belong to the Temple and the priesthood. They were to minister for God – unless they were redeemed back by the father paying a redemption price of silver coins to the priests of the Temple – the Pidyon Ha Ben. In practice, every firstborn son of Israel was redeemed back. Otherwise they would have belonged to the priests and to the Temple ministry. Two thousand years ago, as the Passover drew near, the priest of the Temple plotted Messiah’s death. They would get one of His disciples to turn Him over at the set time. How? By paying him thirty pieces of silver. Where did the silver pieces come from? From the Temple treasure, the treasury that for ages had received the silver coins for the Pidyon Ha Ben. Now, for the first and only time in history, the priesthood was giving the money back to purchase a human life. And Messiah was a firstborn son of Israel. The priest were, in effect, returning the ransom money of the Pidyon Ha Ben. They were taking back the firstborn son . . .and the Firstborn Son of God.”

And so Messiah now becomes the possession of the priest. And something else, the Pidyon Ha Ben was meant to release the firstborn son from ministry. So by the priests return of the silver pieces, it means that the son now assumes his ministry . . .So the Son of God now assumes His priesthood. Thus He now will offer up the “final sacrifice.” (As the Last Adam.) And if the firstborn male is a lamb, there’s no redeeming of it and the lamb must be sacrificed. And Messiah is the Lamb. So the redemption money is returned and the Lamb of God is sacrificed. 4

Messiah died on the sixth day; He died on the ‘day of Adam.’ On the day of Adam’s fall, it was said, “You shall eat bread until you return to the ground” (Gen. 3:19). Adam would toil in order to eat bread and then die. In the curse, bread is linked to death. How did the sixth day begin, the night before Messiah’s death? It began at the Last Supper – the Feast of Bread, Unleavened Bread. So as the night of Adam began, Messiah ate bread. And He ate the bread in the face of death. When He lifted up the bread at the Last Supper, the bread was joined to His death – as in the fall of Adam, the bread was joined to death. And after the meal they went to Gethsemane. This too is linked to Adam. It was in Gethsemane that Messiah toiled in prayer and sweated what appeared to be drops of blood falling to the ground. So, in the fall of Adam, appear toil, sweat, and ground. And where did this fall take place? – in a garden. And where was Messiah? – in a garden. And what happened to Adam because of the fall? He was removed from the garden. Adam was removed from the garden to a place of the curse, and ultimately to his death. So too on that night Messiah was removed from a garden and taken to a place where the curse of Adam would fall upon him. To a place where he would be judged, cursed, and led to His death, And it all took place on the night of Adam so that the children of Adam could be redeemed from the curse and be released from their toil and come back to the blessing in the presence of God. 5  

The Last Adam!

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”

(1 Cor. 15:55-57).

The Last Adam, Jesus our Saviour stood where no other could stand. He forfeited His right of redemption, the Pidyon Ha Ben, by allowing the priests to return the silver coins paid by his parents. This required Him to assume a priestly ministry, ultimately as our Great High Priest. And as the Lamb of God, a firstborn lamb, He would assume the place of the sacrifice. Both priest and sacrifice focused into one firstborn son of Israel. God is truly amazing in His attention to detail. And now all we who believe in His ministry and provision and have been redeemed by the precious blood of the Last Adam, can have a hope and a future, free from the curse of sin and death, and can now look forward to life everlasting given us by the “life-giving Spirit” of the Last Adam.  

What a blessed reality is ours as believers! Let us therefore not be fearful, but rejoice in what the Lord has done. We have been redeemed both now and forever! As we begin a new year let us press on toward the high calling in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).

One final verse of 1 Cor. 15:58:

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Amen.

1  Lita Cosner The Victory of the Last Adam Creation Magazine 2020             pages 20-22.

2 ibid

3  ibid

4  Jonathan Cahn Book of Mysteries day 218

5  ibid day 215

 

Pastoral Prayer

Almighty God, as we see 2020 come to a close this past week, and the launch of the new year, 2021, we cannot help but think about Your great love, Your goodness and Your protection for us and over us. Lord, thank You for making it possible for us to join together as families in recent weeks, especially as we celebrated Christmas. It has been a difficult and challenging few months because of COVID-19 and we thank you that in spite of that we have been able to enjoy happy moments at times with family members and friends. Thank You for the laughter, the conversations, and the memories that were carved out for us.

Help us to keep in mind those whose jobs have been hindered or threatened this year. Help us to remember to bless them with prayers and financially if we can. Help us to remember to reach out to people that we know may be more house bound than others and who are feeling sad or depressed because of reduced human contact. We all need comfort and encouragement from other people on a regular basis. Help us to speak kindly words to others.

Lord, this year’s events have created unexpected change in everyone’s lives that has shifted our sense of normalcy. Some of the challenges we have faced this year have been overwhelming, and as we think about the beginning of this new year, we cannot ignore the fact that these feelings may linger on for many of us. Help us to remember that You are the Almighty God, and that You love us, care for us, heal us, and forgive us. Help us to continue to worship and praise You at all times so that we may be aware of Your sweet Presence. Help us to take each new day as it comes and to find something in each day to enjoy. Dear Lord, give us peace. 

Lord, for every new day, also give us the courage to begin again where needed  – to overlook the difficulties, to overcome the obstacles and to stay open to the moment as best we can. As we look to the future, may we reflect on the past and remember the good lessons it has taught us. Help us to remember that You have blessed each one of us with unique gifts and talents, and help us to embrace these gifts and talents. We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this place in time and history. Thank for the people who have added deeper and wider dimensions to our lives by sharing their knowledge, their character, and their gifts and talents with us. With all of that in mind, help us to be patient enough to know that sometimes it takes time to take a major step forward or even to start over, and help us to be wise enough to ask for help from friends and family when we need it. And God, we ask that You grant us the grace to remember that You, Your strength and Your guidance are always available, we only need to ask at each and every step along the way. Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with You and supporting one another.

Thank You Lord, that You work in each one of our lives, preparing us to be like Jesus more and more every day. We don’t want to be like the first Adam whose life in the garden seemed easy when he gave in to temptation and lost so much as a result. We want to be people of grit and pluck. Thank You Lord that You hold us in such high regard and that You have such great purpose for us that You want to see us live up to our full potential in Christ Jesus.  

You do not always shield us from sorrow and pain, but You strengthen us to bear it if and when it comes. You do not always make our paths easy, but You teach us how to be sturdy enough to tread any path. You rarely take hardship away from us, but You provide courage and backbone to face and overcome any cowardice or fear from our hearts as we meet the hardships. You do not always grant us unbroken sunshine or rose gardens to walk through, but You fill our hearts with joy and  keep our faces bright and peaceful even in the shadows and thorny places.

Yes Lord, our lives are not always easy or pleasant, but You are always working all things for good. We trust in You Lord. Our hope is in You.  

Thank You for showing us that no matter what our circumstances may be, we are blessed and rich compared to many others. And no matter what, it is always possible for us to reach out in love and help someone else.

We know Lord, because we believe in You as the Almighty God, that 2021 will be a happy year as long as You go with us. And we have Your promises that You will lead us, guide us, walk beside us, take us by the right hand, and strengthen us. We trust in You and make You our refuge. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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