Part 6 – How Paradise Was Trashed and Then Repurposed
To finally drive home Paul’s point concerning the benefits of being justified by faith in Jesus Christ, which has been presented to the children of God in order to bring about a sustainable and everlasting assurance of one’s salvation, Paul points out very clearly that the old life we lived in Adam – with all of its dire consequences – has been superseded by the work of the Second Adam – Jesus Christ.
Paul points out a number of comparisons between life in Adam and life (true life) in Christ. With the fall of Adam the propensity to sin became ‘natural’ for all humans because not only was Adam our federal head (he represented all of us, and he failed), but we all inherited spiritually and genetically a sinful nature – old man – adamic self – unregenerate self – spiritually dead spirit.
This nature – this sinful nature – is alive to the world and to the devil, but it is NOT alive to the Lord (which is true life) because only Christ IS life. And if you don’t have the Son, then you don’t have Life. So, Adam’s sin brought sin to all of us, because we all sin, but it also brought with it spiritual (and eventually, physical) death to all. And of course, Adam’s sin also brought with it for all that follow (are born) after him, judgment, because sin must result in judgment by the holy God.
BUT the Second Adam – Jesus Christ – reversed all of those ills effects. Because Christ lived a perfect life and thus followed the Law perfectly, then through His sacrifice and resurrection He is legitimately able to change those ill effects to those who have been justified by faith. No longer is the Christian ruled by a sinful nature because (as we will see in Romans 6) our sinful nature was crucified and we were given Christ’s Spirit. Our life is now Christ’s life. We will all still die physically (unless the Lord comes back first), but we who are believers will not die spiritually. Judgment and wrath are NOT on our docket because Christ took that upon Himself. Therefore, there is now NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Because Christ was obedient, we have been made righteous.
It is vitally important that the Christian realize that we are no longer INAdam, but we are INChrist, and that’s the safest place to be!