The second Adam
The second Adam
As we take a look at Romans 5:12-21 Paul is explaining to us about the second Adam. We talked about what God intended when He created this world in the blog entitled “We will have Adversity” on Sept 14, 2018.
Romans 5:12-21 states that whatever Adam has done to the world, Christ has reversed. Whatever fallenness Adam introduced into the world through his sin Christ has reversed through His faithful obedience. Whatever consequences of Adam’s sin brought on this world are reversed through the sacrifice of Christ. Whether that consequence involves the death of children, the corruption of creation or the reign of death, these consequences have been totally destroyed. While I do not believe infants are born guilty of sin as a result of Adam’s sin. Romans 5 teaches, us that if Adam’s sin entailed guilt for his future generation it is reversed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Consequently, no matter what one’s theological persuasion, the work of Christ means that the consequences of Adam sin are null and void in Christ. All are not condemned because of Adam’s sin. Rather, everyone will be judged for their own personal guiltiness. No one should wonder about the destiny of children who die in infancy God has redeemed them in Christ. God has restored in Christ whatever Adam corrupted through his sin. He gave us the first-fruits in order to assure us of the coming harvest in which we will participate.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians 15:25-26 “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” How do we make sense of the love of God in the midst of suffering? How do we think God for healing one, and praise God despite the fact he does not heal another? How do we continue to believe in God’s love when he does not heal our children or siblings?
Israel was not a nation because they were so numerous or because they were so righteous. Israel was a nation because God love them – Deuteronomy 7:7-9; 9:4-6. Our answers must follow a similar pattern. We must remember God’s testimony to his love.
Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This is the supreme expression of God’s love. And this goes beyond any temporary healing of cancer, and his temporary providing of our financial needs, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The supreme expression of God’s love is that He was willing to share our pain and shame.
God now knows the grief that comes with death.
The Son now knows the experience of death.
And having these experiences He’s chosen to redeem us from our pain.
This love of God is ultimately redemptive and it will renew us in a place where all pain is relieved and every tear is wiped away – Revelation 21:4. There is always a reason to doubt the love of God when we seek evidence of that love in our health, wealth or prosperity as if God’s primary concern is that we have these things. Remember the statement in Romans 8:38-39 “nothing can separate us from the love of God”.
One day God will heal everyone who trusts Him. So if God heals them now, we thank Him. If He decides not to heal them now, we still praise Him because we know one day He will. God continues the original vision of creation where humanity will fill the earth with their offspring and create a people for Him. God’s original intent guides His treatment of fallen humanity. The penalty will be imposed but it is delayed as an expression of God’s grace. Just as the delay of the second coming of Christ is an expression of God’s patience and mercy. 2 Peter 3:9 – God is patient with humanity.
God clothes Adam and Eve and then expels them from the garden. He stations the cherubim to guard the tree of life. The design of the tabernacle is very similar and the regulations associated with it. Like the Garden of Eden the tabernacle is a place where God walked with His people. To be expelled from the camp of Israel to be rejected by God was to experience a living death.
The expulsion from the camp was regarded as physical death. This is the ultimate sign the human couple experienced on the day they ate from the forbidden tree.
It is not just Adam’s fall it is our fall.
It is not simply Adam’s problem it is our problem.
God’s intention remains. He intends to have people for Himself with whom He can commune in holy love. God now has a redemptive intent for His fallen world.
1 Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
The theme we find in Romans 5:12-21:
The Condemnation The Gift
Just Judgment Gracious Gift
Sin of Adam Righteousness of Christ
Disobedience of Adam Obedience of Christ
Made Many Sinners Made Many Righteous
Death Reigns Live Reigns
He has subjected the world to frustration but He has also subjected it in hope.
Romans 8:20-21 – subjected to frustration – will be liberated from its bondage.
Revelation 21:4 – no more death, crying, or pain.
Revelation 22:3 – no longer cursed.
How does God relate to his fallen world in order to bring his original intent to fruition?
What on earth is God doing?