Well, I’m supposed to be writing my final papers, but instead I’m thinking about sin, depravity, Adam, and the second Adam. This is a thinking out loud post, so be aware that it is process, not necessarily conclusion.
Maybe some of you wonder about these things. What exactly happened in the garden? Sin, doubt, idolatry? And what is the curse of our fallenness? Sin, shame, blindness? What is it that we were baptized into in the first Adam? Depravity, disease, death? What have we been baptized into in Jesus?
I Cor. 15 – For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
It is interesting to me that Christians of almost every type are willing to accept the totality of the effect of the first Adam, yet immediately limit the effect of the second Adam, Christ. Surely the actions of the second Adam are at least as impacting on mankind as the act of the first Adam.
Hebrews 10- Jesus sets aside the first to establish the second. We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. When this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins…by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
The corruption has been set aside, not through our actions, but by Jesus. It was the will of Jesus and the Father to accomplish this through His sacrifice.
II Cor. 5- The ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Our message to the world is that they are already reconciled to God, they are already loved and embraced by the Father. That is the good news. God is not counting their sins against them; he has already dealt with that problem.
That’s enough for now, maybe Romans 5 in another post.