Two Adams

June 20, 2013

Romans 5:12-20
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
15But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
18Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
20The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Two Adams

What this passage in Romans 5 speaks to is spiritual principles and acts that have global and eternal impact upon all of creation and in particular, humanity. Verse 14 says that “Adam was a pattern of the One to come.” Now a pattern is a prototype after which all things that are made from that pattern look like. Adam was the example of what God intended from the beginning to have in His relationship with man. Adam is like us, in Christ and perfected with one exception. His righteousness was in his obedience, but not out of faith in Christ as ours is now. Adam was allowed to partake of all of the trees of the Garden, but two trees in the midst of the Garden or we might say the “heart” of the garden had far reaching eternal spiritual weight and ramifications. There was no prohibition from partaking of the “Tree of Life” because it would only perpetuate the state of godly relationship Adam enjoyed with God in the Garden. It was that other tree that was the Pandora’s box to a spiritual dimension that even Adam could not have imagined.
It was obedience that kept Adam in his perpetual state of bliss. The principle we see here is that obedience that is not tried and tested is not obedience that is of proven character.
Jesus was the last Adam. 1 Corinthians 15:45 declares, So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” Adam may have represented the best of man, but it was outside the life-giving Spirit that could only come through Christ. He no doubt did well for an indeterminate amount of time, but there came a day of testing, trial and temptation and this living soul, the pattern of the one to come, gave place to disobedience. When he partook of that tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he brought death and condemnation spiritually and physically, not only to himself, but to all of mankind and creation.
What made Jesus different? Well, first and foremost, He was the Son of God and yet clothed in the frailty of a human body with like passions and weaknesses. Jesus Christ came in the midst of a sinful and perverse world wrapped in the body of a fallen creation man. There was only one way this Christ man could bring all of creation out of the bondage that had been released upon it through Adam’s one disobedient act. It was now the act of unfaltering obedience that would be needed to bring creation back out of its bondage and into the eventual fullness of restoration that God had purposed from the beginning. It was the act of obedience on the part of Jesus that would determine the fate of creation. If He failed then all hope of creation would fail with Him and the destruction of creation would be inevitable.
Praise God in the highest and His Son Christ Jesus; He didn’t fail, but was obedient even unto the death of the cross. The difference between Adam and Christ is brought out in Hebrews 5:8, “Although Jesus was the Son [of God], he learned to be obedient through his sufferings.” Jesus is now that pattern Son for us. If He learned obedience through sufferings, then we will learn the same way. The proof of what is in the character of a person is not fully seen until it is tried and tested.
Just as the many were made sinners through one man’s act of disobedience, many will be made righteous through one man’s act of obedience. It is our faith in Him who is our obedience that appropriates that righteousness to us. When the sinful nature of Adam was crucified on the cross in the mortal body of Jesus, the last Adam, Christ, became a quickening, life-giving spirit through the resurrection power of the Spirit of God.
As we have comprehended in our spirits this truth we now, by faith put off the old man, identifying it with the death of Jesus on the cross. We now, by faith, put on the new resurrection Man that is a life-giving Spirit that has set us free from our former curse of condemnation inherited in our first man Adam. We are now after the order of a new pattern and prototype that is Christ Jesus. Even though we still live in a world that is plagued by the state of the first fallen Adam we have risen in our spirits into the state of the resurrected last Adam. In Christ is the hope that is being manifested through us.
Romans 8 speaks to the purpose that is now in us who have acted by faith in partaking of the obedience of Christ. Romans 8:12-25 declares, “Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
It is in the this hope and patience that we press into the high calling that is ours in Christ Jesus. It is in that faith, hope and patience that we exercise ourselves in godly faith, so that as many of us as are being led by the Spirit of God, we are the sons of God. The body of Christ is the key to completion, reconciliation and restoration for creation through what Jesus finished upon the cross.
“Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:18-19)”

Blessings,
kent

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The Law of Sin and Death

March 28, 2012

Judges 21:25
In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.

The Law of Sin and Death


The state that we see Israel in the book of Judges is the same state that we could see a lot of us as Christians in.  We have the promise and the inheritance and we have the Word of God, but we haven’t embraced our King.  Just as the Israelites could be God’s chosen people by name, it didn’t mean they were His people in their heart.  They became apostate, doing whatever seemed good to them, while ignoring who God had called them to be.  Isn’t that the way many in the Christian world have become.  They have become apostate because they live and do right in their own eyes and justification rather than according to the will and calling of God in Christ Jesus.
I am not writing this to bring condemnation, but to make us aware of which law we are living under in this state of mind.  Before Christ, we were living under the law of sin and death.  It was a law of the commandments whereby sin abounded because of the weakness of the flesh to live and keep it.  Under that law we stood condemned because we were lawless and law breakers.  Even in our best efforts we were not able to find reconciliation and intimate relationship with Papa because our sin stood to condemn us.  Because sin would ultimately rule us, God had to send judgement to correct us and bring us back to repentance.  There we would cry out under our judgement and God in His mercy would send a judge to bring us back to Himself where we would remain briefly before repeating the cycle again.
Now, we have a king and His name is Jesus.  He is not only the king, but the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  In His realm of authority and dominion He has called us out of the old law of sin and death, because the crucifixion of His divine life nailed that old law of condemnation to the cross.  When we come to Him in faith we must recognize that is where our old selfish sinful nature and man has been identified; with Him on that cross.  We also died to that former way of doing, “whatever seemed right in our own eyes.”  As He raised us up by faith into His life we come under a new law, because we have entered and become citizens and partakers of a new kingdom.  The laws of this kingdom don’t operate like the former one.  Here there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.  “In Christ” speaks to a state of being in our spirit man that is translated through our physical being.
We find this in Romans 8.  “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.”  The key to living in this realm and kingdom is living by faith out of the law of the Spirit and no longer after the flesh.   A line of demarcation has been drawn that you live under one law or the other, but you can’t live under both.
Jesus says you can’t serve to masters in Matthew 6:24, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”  Mammon is the old world order that falls under the law of sin and death.
The question then really becomes, “What law are we living under?”
Romans 8 goes on to define what it is to live in the law of the Spirit of life and what the differences are.  “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
12Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
The Word doesn’t say we don’t still struggle with the inclinations toward our former sinful nature, but it has become a matter of new identity, allegiance and citizenship.  If you move to the United States from a foreign country and decide to become a US citizen then you have changed your identity, allegiance and citizenship. You must renounce the old to embrace the new. If the United States is at war with your former country, who are you going to fight for and stand with?  Where is your identity and allegiance?  You may feel the soul ties that want to draw you back to the former feelings you had for your country and countrymen, but now you have to cut them off, because it is no longer who you are.  You can no longer go between countries and have your allegiance divided or you will be considered a traitor.  You can no longer live under the former laws and traditions of the old country and still be a US citizen.  They don’t work in this new country.  You no longer have to live under tyranny, but you can live in freedom, but freedom isn’t freedom if it brings you again under the bondage of sin.  “13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  You see it is the Spirit that now indwells you that is the power in you to overcome who you used to be.  As we learn to live in obedience and faithfulness to Him we are led by Him.  It is living under His banner and direction that we become the sons of God.
If we are still doing whatever is right in our eyes we are missing what it is to live under the higher law.  It is only under this law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus that we live and abide in the life of God and we come to experience the intimacy of relationship with Him.  God has given us the choice to be sons or slaves.  Where is our true identity, allegiance and citizenship, in the law of sin and death or the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus?  Your identity is who you are, not what you call yourself

Blessings,
kent

Living in a New Dimension

February 16, 2012

Romans 8:1-17
1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
5Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7the sinful mindf is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
12Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Living in a New Dimension


Romans 8 is perhaps one of the most high velocity and revolutionary chapters in the Word of God because it speaks so powerfully into who we are and who we are not.  So many of us continue to carry with us this “Old Man” mentality.  It is so detrimental to our spiritual walk and the identity of who we are in Christ Jesus.  In the church world there is so much emphasis and how to change the old man and become better.  In the Lord’s eyes the old man no longer exists to the believer in Christ Jesus.  He has been nailed with Jesus to the cross.  He was buried and he passed away in that old law of sin and death.  This is the whole significance of water baptism to help our minds comprehend this reality that old things and old natures have passed away and behold we have been resurrected in Christ into the newness of His life.
Father has brought us into a new dimension, a new realm and a new place.  Things may look much the same outwardly, but now we are to be living out of a new law.  It is just like if we go to outer space, many of the laws that restrict and rule us here, no longer are in effect in that dimension.  In Christ, the law of the Spirit of Life, has set us free from the law of sin and death.
Jesus tells us in John 4 that God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship in Spirit and in Truth.  This is the reality of where we should now be living.  Yes, we maintain the outward man,  with its weaknesses and flaws, but now we realize that what we could never change from “the outside in”, because of the weakness of our flesh.  We can be transformed from “the inside out” through the power and in-working of the Spirit of Christ in us.  We have to spiritually grasp the paradigm shift that has taken place.  When we do, we will reckon ourselves dead to sin, but alive unto Christ.  Everything that we formally were was hostile to God, nevertheless, God’s grace in Christ has brought us into the place where now we are the friend of God; not only are we the friend of God, but God calls us His sons.  In order for us to walk in this place of sonship we have to be led by the Spirit of God and live out of that law of the Spirit of Life that is in Christ Jesus.  This passage is telling us what that looks like.  The sinful nature of the person we were has to be past tense, because it can’t effectually operate in this dimension and realm.
Yes, we all still deal with our issues.
How do we deal with them?
Romans 8:13 provides us with the key.  “… but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”  It is the Spirit of God within you that is empowering you to live a victorious life and overcome the areas of the former realm you are still dealing with.  Remember, that is not who you are or what you are any longer, so don’t let the enemy try and put that identity back on you.  This is what happens so often to so many of us.  We find ourselves living again in the identity of who we were in our former man, rather than who we now are in Christ.  Your identity is paramount to your victory.  You can’t be victorious in something that you think your not.  Where there is no faith, there is no victory.  Faith is not looking at the thing you see, it is looking at the things you can not see, but that God says are true.  Only the faith in His truth can make them a reality to you.  As you walk by the Spirit, out of the power of the Spirit, believing what God says about you, you will find yourself being transformed from glory to glory even into the same likeness as Jesus.  This only follows if Father God has put His DNA in you through His Spirit.  Your spiritual birth should cause you to grow up in His likeness.
Remember who you are, and the law that you now function under.  It is no longer the law of sin and death that leads to your condemnation.  You live under the law of FREEDOM!  The law of the Spirit of Life that has set you free from the law of sin and death.  Don’t allow yourself to be put under that law again as we find the Galatians starting to do as they started yielding to that old mindset and teaching of the law.
Father wants His highest for you.  Get a revelation of who you are and don’t settle for anything less.  You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and His Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are His children; heirs and joint-heirs with Christ.  Live out of that new dimension of His Spirit Life

Blessings,
kent

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