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Jesus-The "Last" Adam

Jesus - The "Last" Adam
The Narrow Gate

And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 1Corinthians 15:45 (NKJV)

The sum of mankind can be narrowed down to the history of two people and their actions - these people are known as "Adam." It was their actions that brought either death or life to each and every one of us.  I guess I should clarify something in that the first man was truly known as Adam - the first created human being by God.  He is important because it was the decisions that he made, which profoundly affected the lives of all mankind.  

The second person was Jesus Christ - God in the flesh - and He is known as the "Last Adam." 

One Adam, in this life, brought death to everyone - One Adam (Jesus), in His death, made life available to everyone.  Because of the first Adam and his actions, none of us had a choice and we were born spiritually dead - Because of the "Last Adam," every one of us has a choice whether we stay in our state of spiritual death, or choose to be made spiritually alive.

For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 1Corinthians 15:21-22 (NKJV)

Q:    Will All people be resurrected and be "Made alive" In Christ?

A:    Yes & No.  Let me explain.

Only those who place their faith in Him by believing in their heart, and confessing with their mouth that Jesus is Lord - these will be saved (Rom 10:9-10), and be "Made alive."  Being "Made alive" is referring to being "Spiritually alive. " Everyone will be resurrected and therefore receive a resurrection body - some for the resurrection of life, and others for the resurrection of condemnation.  We see Jesus speaking of this in the Book of John.

Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth - those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. John 5:28-29 (NKJV)

God made His will known very clear when Jesus Christ came as the prophesied Messiah - unfortunately many people denied Him.  God has provided a specific way for "All" mankind to be redeemed of their sin, and reconciled unto Him.  Many have freely chosen to say, "No" to Jesus as God's specific way for salvation - they have said that Christianity is for "Narrow-minded" way of thinking and believing.  And they would be partly right in this statement, because the gate to enter into God's presence is "Narrow."

Jesus made it abundantly clear that we needed to enter through this "Narrow" gate.

 "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. Luke 13:24 (NKJV)

And if there was any clarification needed as to what or where this gate was that we were to enter, Jesus cleared that up as well.

Jesus said ..."I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6 (NKJV)

For those of us who call ourselves, "Christian," we have entered through the gate by our accepting Jesus' payment on that cross - our sins have been forgiven (John 3:16-17).  For those who have not yet made that profession of faith, they are still on the "Broad road," the one that leads to destruction (Matt. 7:13).

Hey Christian, if you know of someone that is on that road, warn him or her in love.  Let's not do it with an attitude of superiority, because it was by "Grace" that we were saved, and not of any works on our part (Eph 2:8,9).  There will be many who will try to enter the gate on the day of Christ's second coming, but it will be too late, and they will not be able (Luke 13:24).

The "First Adam" chose not to abide in God's love, and in His ways, and we have been paying for it ever since - Let's listen to the "Last Adam" (Jesus), and find our way back to the love of the Father, and to our home.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn of Jesus within the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you entered in through the "Narrow Gate?"

APPLICATION: If you are saved then share the Gospel message with others that Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1Cor 15:3,4).  Share that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom. 10:9).  Share with those who have been deceived into thinking that they have to work for their salvation; tell them, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Eph. 2:8,9).

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for saving me by Your grace (Unmerited favor), through faith.  Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus (The last Adam) to die for my sin.  Help me to share this message with whomever You send to cross my path.  May this message be forwarded and shared with many, and may it bring salvation to them.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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