First And Last Adam
To mirror God’s likeness and image, man was supposed to use the free will God gave him and utilise his power of choice. As a result of God’s work in creation, he was endowed with a human nature that had not been corrupted by sin. In order for the moral character or likeness and image of God to appear or be made evident, there was a series of tests or trials that needed to take place. This was and still is a basis upon which God works in building the character of Christians or the resemblance of Christ in those Christians.
We discovered that the will of man was one of the three components that were taken into consideration in the analysis of his personality and that it was the one aspect that God always keeps an eye on.
CHARACTER AND IMAGE
Man was to use the power of choice that God had given him, and in doing so, demonstrate his strength in willingness with God, therefore bringing glory to His name. There is a growing into the likeness of God and stamping of His character and image more clearly onto the heart and life of the person who makes the right choice when sin and self and self-will are actively resisted through the process of making the right decision.
In this way, the process of developing one’s character continues forever. The nature of things, including the new nature that is given to a person at the time of conversion, is a free gift; nonetheless, the personality and resemblance of Christ are developed through a process of building and development.
This depends on our ability to make decisions, and as a result, we are continually coming more and more into the likeness of Christ,
Ephesians 4:13 — until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature.
As a result, it was part of God’s plan for man for Him to find, in this perfect human being, a peculiar and special manifestation of His likeness and image. This was to happen over the course of the probationary law described in Genesis 2:17, during which time the man’s latent potential values were revealed and he exercised his free will.
Genesis 2:17 — but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.”
The very first test that man was put through resulted in his failing in every aspect of his nature. As a result, man as both a being and a personality plummeted to a level of shattered humanity, and as a direct result, he was subjected to the law of sin and death.
ADAM AND HIS FALL
The first Adam did not fulfil the most important wish that God had in his heart. Even the most profound capabilities of human creation were never brought to light for the glory of God. Therefore, even from the first failure, man has had a poor, broken-down creation and nature with which to work. This has been the case ever since the fall.
To witness what he is able to accomplish despite this is a marvel and a miracle to me, but sadly, the greatest expressions and results of the same are simply huge ruins of a fallen Adamic creation. Because of this, when God rescues us, He creates a new version of us and has no expectations for the previous version.
THE SPOKEN WORD
Because of Christ, we are not remade but rather brand new. When I consider this issue of God’s original plan and Adam’s disobedience, I like to think about the verse from Isaiah which says,
Isaiah 55:11 — In the same way, the promise that I make does not return to me, having accomplished anything. No, it is realized as I desire and is fulfilled as I intend.”
Had not God uttered a word? There is no way that God can be vanquished.
Genesis 1:26 — Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.”
Despite the fact that the first Adam was a failure, God had not yet seen His great plan come to fruition.
This gets us closer to the subject of the research at hand, who is known as the Last Adam. Let us not forget that the names provided in the Bible have always been chosen because of the character they exhibit or the meaning they convey. To put it another way, the name alludes to the very persona or essence of the person who had it.
There are two titles that have been given to our beloved Lord, and I would want to look at them in relation to this topic. According to 1 Corinthians 15:45, He is referred to as “The Last Adam,” and according to 1 Timothy 2:5, He is referred to as “The Man Christ Jesus.”
THE LAST IDEAL MAN
Therefore, in the eyes of God, He must be the ideal Adam; that is, He must manifest and bring to fruition the concept that was first conceived for the first Adam. He must be the ideal man, a flawless reflection of the image and likeness of God, shining and glittering through the human instrument. He must be the perfect, sinless, faultless, limited, and dependent human being. He must be the Last Adam.
Right now, let us recall the Law of the Offerings and the sequence in which they were to be presented, and then we will return to the instruction that was presented. You will recall that the first sacrifice was the Whole Burnt Offering, which was described as “a sweet savour unto God” and was “a male without blemish.”
God arrived first and found a unique and spiritual joy in this initial gift; this offering was referred to Godward. Keep in mind the saying that Christ taught,
Hebrews 10:7 — “Then I said, ‘Here I am: I have come – it is written of me in the scroll of the book – to do your will, O God.’”