The Three Adams - (Part One)

“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.”

1 Cor 15:45 – 47 (KJV)

How insightful and immensely as believers we grasp on the revelation of who the three Adams mentioned in the bible are and what their representation is to us will definitely enable us to run our Christian race effectively and achieve the desired goals. A proper knowledge of the existence and manifestation of the three Adams would mean that one is building his or her Christian life on a right platform especially as it regards to the issue of salvation and vice versa. That would also mean an understanding of what the purpose of God is for man and why He created man the way He created him and what His expected end for man is.

Therefore, it is very pertinent that we decipher and divulge who they are and what they stand for. The aforementioned text, which is the case study text contains the term First Adam, Last Adam and Second Adam. The occurrence of these terms or names is not for the sake of mere formality but for purposes that have great impact on the existence of man. Notice that the term Last Adam is used in the text instead of third Adam, which points out that their coming into existence, is not in the numbering or serial form but an indication for their function. The word function is a key word we should be mindful of because it will help us in understanding where we are going in this series. Let me also point out that the format of their naming shows that there will be no fourth or fifth Adam since we have gotten the last Adam.

In the book of Genesis, we saw a God that created the heaven and the earth (Gen 1:1) and decided to create a being in His own image, and handed them over to this being to take care of them. This is an indication that what prompted the creation of the heaven and the earth was the existence and manifestation of man. So the need for the creation of the heaven and the earth wouldn’t have risen if the existence of man is not in the picture or considered. It is apt therefore, to say that the heaven and the earth were created for man and as a matter of fact God do not need any of them for none of them can contain Him! Simply because God cannot live in any space and cannot exist within the parameters of time.

God in the demonstration of His dexterity and aptness in creation molded or carved the structure of man out of the soil and breathed into his nostrils and the man became a living soul (Gen 2:7). The breath is called the breath of life, which suggests that in the breath is life, without the breath, man wouldn’t have gotten life. And not only man, anything that has life got its life from God who is the originator of Life (Jn 1:4). This suggests that God has life in himself and never received from any source. So the man that God created became a living soul and was a complete man in the scene that he was created with absolute and astute wisdom and as well as with a will. God creating man and giving him a will is the inception of human right instilled and enshrine in man, in this will, given to man is the privilege to make choice. The ability to make choice makes man an entity of its own, which means he stands out as an independent individual that has the right to take decision on what he wants and desired.

God created man and gave him such a tenacity and temerity in order for man to have the ability to exercise himself within the peripheries of his own will. One wonders why God didn’t make man like a robot, well, firstly because He is God and no one questions His authority, secondly because He has the initiative to create and as a result the decision is on Him. And mostly, God wants a man that will submit his own will to Him without being wheedled or coerced to do so. Therefore, God created a being that He can within a span of time reason with, work with and build things with (Isa 1:18, 1 Cor 3:9, 2 Cor 6:, Job 23:4).

However, God declared man the king or His regent on the earth; which implies that God made him the owner of the earth in that he received from God the power to have dominion over the earth and over everything inside it. With such privilege whatever man says in the earth is bound to happen (Gen 1:26, 28, 2:19). And with this power man can explore the things that are in the earth and transform them to what he likes and has the ability to change the status quo of the earth as the caretaker of the earth ( Gen 2:15). It is important to note that with the ability of man to make choice, he can decide what he wants and in this decision his well-being on the earth is established or denied.

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