by Sister Sabbay ( September 12, 2008 )
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new
John 15 edifies that the purpose for the raising up of the Body of Christ is to be a witness for God. The reason the Great Controversy remains incomplete is that we have not manifested the full and true Witness for the Messiah.
Jeremiah 31:35,36 shows that God made a covenant with Ancient Israel. Once certain conditions are met, the Promise will follow through. We must not bank on a past relationship with God, as Ancient Israel’s house was left unto them desolate because they failed to maintain a constant relationship with God. Failing to maintain a New Covenant Experience or failing to abide in the Messiah will cause an Old Covenant Experience, a falling away. Once a falling away occurs, the Gospel is lost and works of the flesh insight self-righteous legalism, righteousness by works (Isa 64:6, 2Thess 2:3,4 Phil 3:1-6). For every born again believer, there is a need to maintain a relationship, abiding completely in the Messiah.
Abiding in Christ is essential for the plan of salvation. Within 1 Cor 15:45, Paul identifies the two adams, “the first adam was made a living soul, the last adam was made a quickening spirit…”. Flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God (1Cor 15:50). The Apostle Paul brings to view that there was a first adam, made a living soul and a last adam made a quickening spirit. This is a revelation of Christ’s Infinite Wisdom. Gen 2:7 edifies that God formed adam from the dust of the ground; God breathing life into him. Adam was the father of mankind, as all human beings came out of him. There is only one human life-line which is through the first adam, made a living soul. Gen 2:21 edifies that God caused a deep sleep to fall upon adam, later creating eve from adam’s rib. Thus, there is only one stream of human life. So we surmise that all other human beings came from the original source, the living souls, adam and eve. The latter statements show us the remarkable creative ability of God. God, by initial intent, made us as a unique and distinct order. The wisdom of God is demonstrated as His ability to connect an entire planet from one life form, the first adam.
Romans 5:12 presents the plan of salvation that affects all human beings. Adam’s corruption affected all within his lineage. Had adam not sinned, no scriptures would have been written, as the scriptures, by purpose, are related to overcoming sin (1Thess 5:23, Jude 24,25). The last adam is Christ (1Cor 15:45). Adam’s sinless nature created by God could have caused us to all be born sinless and unfallen. However, adam’s disobedience corrupted his nature, therefore all within adam’s reproductive line were impacted. Hence, we need a Savior, namely Jesus Christ (1Cor 15:50-54). God devised a plan, allowing mankind to be rescused from sin. The first reproductive line is flesh and blood which multiplies and reproduces human beings; the second reproductive line is spiritual, creating spiritual beings born again in Christ. Once we are redeemed from the earth, we will possess Divine unfallen Heavenly bodies.
Angels fell from heaven, one third in number, maintaining their spiritual bodies (Rev 12:4). The spiritual beings fallen in nature can take control over human beings in the absence of the Power of God. Adam was created from the earth and Christ came from Heaven. Therefore, those who are born of adam are earthly and those born of Christ are heavenly. The flesh is used to multiply human beings and the spirit creates subjects for Heaven. When we are born again we bear the image of heavenly unfallen nature. The reproductive line of Christ produces human beings born of the spirit. Christ tried to explain this to Nichodemus in John 3:3, “except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God”. Similarly, Paul says that “flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of Heaven” (1Cor 15:50). Thus we must be born of the Last adam in order to inherit the kingdom of heaven. John 1:12,13 edifies that…”but as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Humans reproduce, limiting them to be subjects of this earth. We can not be subjects of Heaven without God’s Divine nature, the reproductive line; enabling us to be partakers of Heaven.
Once sin entered this world, the end result of the life-line was death, thus we require a Redeemer. Rom 5:14 edifies that Adam was a similitude or a figure of that which is to come. Within the example of Adam we are to identify what God wishes for us to understand about the last Adam, Christ. As we remark on the sacrifices of the Earthly sanctuary, as they are figures of the Heavenly Sanctuary, we must edify that the Lamb without blemish points to Christ. The earthly sanctuary was a model of the Heavenly sanctuary. Christ is the originator of incorruptible, new humanity.
Within Rom 5:12-18, Paul is explaining that Adam’s first offense brought judgment to all men. Yet it is not all bad news, as Christ can justify all of mankind, utilizing His Infinite wisdom. Rom 5:19 edifies that Adam’s disobedience made us all born in sin, made under the law, as was Christ, yet he was without a blemish, spotless in Character (Gal 4:4, Heb 4:15). God is therefore fair and just and He will remove every excuse for mankind’s condemnation of Adam for their sins. God is fair and merciful, justifying all mankind in Christ, the last Adam. Christ has thus leveled out the playing field at the cross of Calvary. We must abide in the last Adam, being justified for our sins. Christ justified all men whom the first Adam had condemned (Rom 8:30). Rom 5:20 further edifies that the sin that Adam brought in abounded greatly and affected all men, yet we have a provision of grace far more exceeding, permitting complete redemption from this earth and our sinful natures. We can rejoice as God has provided far greater grace then sin can impact, much more than enough for the redemption of all mankind. Christ, the last Adam, a quickening spirit, has brought us ETERNAL SPIRITUAL LIFE, Alleluia (1Cor. 15:45). In order to be justified we need to be born again, obeying the ten commandments, maintaining faith in the Messiah, righteously by faith (Exo. 20, 1John 3:9, Phil 3:9, Rev 14:12).