Monday, November 30, 2015

A Second Adam

Today's passage is 1 Corinthians 15:45-57.

Yesterday, we discussed the brokenness of the world. From the beginning, humanity has been separated from Him. Humans are perishable. We can be overcome by illness, violence, sorrow, and even ourselves. The brokenness is not something we can fix alone. God knows this, and He grieves with us. He hates the divide as much as we do.

Adam was created by by a perfect God from the materials of this imperfect world. As broken as we are, dear friends, we're also made in His image.

God knew that we needed a second Adam. The first Adam failed, the second reigns victorious. The first Adam was responsible for the fall of man, the second for the salvation of man. The first Adam ushered in sin, the second forgave it. The first Adam lost paradise, the second has restored it. The first Adam was born into a perfect world, and he was doomed to the grave. The second was born to a broken world, and He conquered the grave.

God's solution to the divide was never us. His promise to us wasn't to "fix" us. It wasn't to make us "better" people. He took us out of it, entirely. What God gave us in Jesus is so much better than a second chance, because WE DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING to be reunited with God.

You hear that? We are so broken, and we don't even have to fix it. 

We can't. It's not possible. We try and try to "put on immorality" to walk with God, and if that's all we're doing, we will fail. We have no way to get the peace and freedom that Adam once had back on our own strength. Even if I make all the right moral choices, I can't even be reunited with God on my own efforts; I exhausted myself trying. I can't ever "do good" enough to restore what's been broken. In God's infinite wisdom, He showed us the way: only Jesus.

Questions to think about:

  1. How do you equip yourself to walk with God?
  2. Is it working?


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