19th August 2017

Why? 

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

Did you ever wonder why it has taken you so long to wonder why Jesus had to die for us? Many years ago, I did!

Salvation is really a story about two Adams and both of those individuals were involved with a garden and a tree! One in the Garden of Eden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; and the other in the garden of Gethsemane and the cross, or tree as Peter refers to it. (1 Peter 2:24 NKJV). The first Adam was the first man of the old creation; the last Adam was the firstborn of the new, which is a spiritual creation, and of course is new in quality—better than the old!

Again, one was disobedient and as a result introduced sin and death into the world; the other was obedient even unto death and delivered man from sin, death and Satan. Not only that but he reconnected man and God by opening up access once again, to the tree of life and salvation. He also cancelled out the curse that the first Adam brought upon us.

So, the false, or temporary, life in the first Adam has gone and the new life of believers begins in Christ! As Paul puts it, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV).

It’s interesting that the old Adam was created after God’s likeness (Genesis 1:26-27); but what about the new? Speaking about Jesus, Paul informs us that “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15).

You know, it takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who we are really meant to be. The beautiful hymn written by Charles Wesley ends with these words: “Finish then Thy new creation; Pure and spotless let us be; Let us see Thy new salvation, Perfectly restored in Thee!”

John the Apostle tells us about the love of the Father for us in his first letter, where he writes, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1). Notice, no longer children of Adam but his children—a new creation. So, when this old creation is finally swallowed up by the new we will be beyond death and the curse of Adam will be a thing of the past (Romans 8:19-21). Simply put—or as we say ‘In a nutshell’—that is salvation!

Prayer
Father it’s just great to be your beloved children, at home in your tender embrace and awaiting the fullness of your plan.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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