Adam and Christ

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The Bible has been referred to as the history of two men, Adam and Christ. They are the heads of two races of men. The first race begins with Adam created from the dust of the earth in the image and likeness of God. But Adam sins against God, ruins his nature and brings death upon himself and his offspring. The Old Testament traces his sad history. Christ is born of the woman to participate as a man, but without sin, in the creation where sin reigns. The New Testament traces His glorious history. As Saviour, He takes up the responsibility of Adam’s race and its failure and presents Himself to God for judgment. He is made sin, bears the sins of many and dies. Then He rises triumphantly from death and becomes the head and life-giver of a new race, a new creation. In the first Adam all die, but in Christ all live, and He is the last Adam, for there will never be another race of men. The first Adam was of the earth, earthy, but He is the second Adam who is of heaven, heavenly. Every one either stands before God as part of Adam’s race under the sentence of death or stands before God in Christ as part of a new creation where death and judgment will never come. For us who are a new creation in Christ Jesus, “Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”