THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

Christ - The Christian's Life

 

...the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.  Genesis 2:7

The first man, Adam [first Adam] was created and animated directly by God.  As the representative head of the human race, God's infusion of life was a one time event.  Subsequently, this life became corrupted, and death and decay found entrance into the universe and mankind.

Adam...had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.  Genesis 5:3

...sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men...  Romans 5:12

Adam congenitally transmitted his life [the corrupted life which animated his being] to his descendants--even to you and me.   God's answer for this problem is NEW LIFE flowing from a new source of life -- a new representative man, a Last Adam.  And God has provided such a One.

For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal Life.  John 3:16

I am the Resurrection and the Life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies...  John 11:25

And God's answer for the Christian is to exchange the old life [which flows from the first Adam] for a new life which is the Lord Jesus Christ--God's Last Adam.

...just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness [Christ's death at Calvary and subsequent resurrection] was justification that brings LIFE...  Romans 5:18

For new-creation Christians, the Lord of glory is our Life.  Christian living is not attempting to follow a code of conduct, which is doomed to failure.  It is NEW LIFE finding expression in us, supplanting the life force which continues to flow from the first Adam.  Not change -- but exchange!

I have been crucified with Christ and I [the individual animated by the first Adam] no longer live, but Christ lives in me [the new-creation Christian]. The life [which flows from the Last Adam--the True Vine] I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.   Galatians 2:20

MJS

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