“The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit. What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man. Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man.”
1 Corinthians 15:45-49 NLT
The word "Adam" means "man". Adam was the first man in the human race. When God made Adam He breathed life into him by His Spirit. Until the Spirit of God breathed into him, Adam was not alive, he was just a body made from dust (see Genesis 2:7). Once God's breath was in Adam, he came to life. In Genesis 3:1-7 Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (see Genesis 2:17). Eve ate first and then she gave some to Adam (see Genesis 3:6). When Eve ate, nothing happened. When Adam ate, both of their eyes turned from a righteous view of life to a perverted view. (see Genesis 3:6-7). Adam was the original, first "man" created in the image of God (see Genesis 1:26-27 and I Corinthians 11:7). Yes, God made Eve from man (see Genesis 2:18-25). She was bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh. Adam, however, was the spiritual covering. When they sinned they fell from their right standing with God because the Spirit of God left their bodies. In Genesis 3:8 we read of the Lord's voice walking in the garden in the "cool of the day" (KJV). Hebrew is the original language in which the text was written. The literal Hebrew definition of the "voice of God" is breath. The breeze of God's breath was blowing in the garden of Eden with no place to dwell. The Spirit had dwelt in Adam and Eve but was now no longer able to dwell in a sinful, dark, depraved man. The only hope for Adam and Eve and their descendants was for a perfect "man" to take their place in death. Death was the penalty of their actions (see Romans 6:23). Immediate spiritual death and inevitable physical death.
Jesus was born as a baby to become "Adam" (man). God became a "man" to be the perfect, sinless substitute for our sin (see 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus grew up as a "man" to experience all the things of this life (see Hebrews 4:15). He knows our pain and suffering. The distinction was His sinless life. His sinless life rendered Him the qualified sacrifice for sin.
Only through accepting Jesus as our atoning sacrifice for sin can we be restored to right standing with God. Then, and only then, will the Holy Spirit breath life into us. Then, and only then, will be become a true "man". Without the Spirit of God inside us we are wretched and eternally separated from God. Confessing our sin, repenting of it, and accepting Jesus as Lord will cause the breath of God to resuscitate us. I don't know about you, but I want to live, not just exist! (see Romans 10:9-10).
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, breathe the Holy Spirit into my body. Only then can I live and see the world through Your eyes!!!
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Rev. Curtis Norris