DAY FOURTY-SEVEN - BIG PICTURE IN A YEAR - THE PEOPLE
The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven.
1 Corinthians 15: 47
Reading: Genesis 2; Ephesians 5: 23; 1 Corinthians 15: 47-49
Today we continue to #lookforJesus in Genesis 2 and it brings us to further understanding around the correlation between the first man, Adam, and the second man, Jesus.
It sounds strange when Paul refers to Adam as the 'first man' and Jesus as the 'second man' - after all, there have been hundreds and thousands and millions of men inbetween Adam and Jesus. But Paul is making a theological statement.
He is saying that Adam was not just the first man on Earth, but he was the beginning of the human race. Jesus was not the second man, logisitically-speaking, but he was the man who started the second human race, thus, the second man.
Take a look at the table beneath to gain more clarity.
FIRST ADAM (Adam)
First man (1 Cor 15: 47)
Head of the human race (1 Cor 15: 48, 49)
Used to be king of the world (Gen 1: 26)
Failed the test, involved all humanity in corruption leading to death
LAST ADAM (Jesus)
Second man (1 Cor 15: 47)
Head of the redeemed human race (Eph 5: 23)
Now kingship has been given to Jesus (1 Cor 15:27; Eph 1:20–22)
Passed the test, now all humanity can be saved and have eternal life.
Father, I see that we can entrust ourselves to You. You have already provided everything we need for eternal life.
For the family