Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Last Adam

So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. - 1 Corinthians 15:45 -

Adam is the covenant head and representative of the human race under the law of work.

Under the law of grace, every redeemed soul is one with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the last Adam.

He is the Substitute of the elect in the new covenant of love.

Whatever Jesus had done, He had done it for the whole body of His Church.

We were crucified in Him and buried with Him (Col. 2:10-13).

We are risen with Him and ascended with Him to the seats on high (Eph. 2:6).

The Church has thus fulfilled the law.

The Church is thus accepted in the beloved.

The Church is regarded with complacency by the just Jehovah.

He views her in Jesus, and does not look upon her as separate from her covenant head.

As the Anointed Redeemer of Israel, Jesus has nothing distinct from His Church.

All that He has, He holds for her.

All that He is or does, is ours as well as His.

Here is the foundation of the covenant of grace.

This gracious system of representation and substitution is the very groundwork of the gospel of our salvation.

And we are to receive it with strong faith and rapturous joy.

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