Christ is the last Adam | First Presbyterian Church

November 25, 2021 First Presbyterian Church

Christ is the last Adam

Christ is the last Adam

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

– 1 Corinthians 15:22

 

So far we have made the problem of our guilt more apparent, and it should feel quite impossible to find a solution. It is, in fact, impossible. We need a nature change and an inheritance change. But we can’t do that in ourselves.

 

The solution is the impossibility of being born again from heaven. We need a new federal head, a new covenant representative.

 

Enter Jesus, the last Adam. We need to be born into Him and given a new nature with a better inheritance. And that is exactly what Christ does. He is from heaven and His inheritance is eternal life with God. His nature is without deformity and undefiled.

 

The new birth gives us rights to that inheritance just as our physical birth gave us rights to the inheritance of Adam. The family of God is not just a metaphor for understanding the church, it is the whole nature of what it means to be found in Christ. We are made new creations and being made into the image of Christ. And all of that so that we might be called children of God and dwell with Him forever.