Key Verse: “So it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.” 1 Corinthians 15:45-48
We don’t know what scripture Jesus began with as he revealed who he was to the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus, but it could be that he started at the beginning with the creation of man.
Genesis 2:7 says “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
God created Adam and Eve to enjoy a relationship with Himself. Adam was created immortal and was to be God’s representative and steward on the earth, to fulfill the divine purpose. World dominion was granted to him. He was commissioned to subdue the earth.He placed them on a perfect world with one commandment. We all know the rest, they did the one thing they shouldn’t do and sin entered the world. At the point of disobedience (known as the Fall), man moved away from God’s standard and substituted His way for their own. Adam was not created to die, but Adam’s willful disobedience resulted in broken fellowship with God and the introduction of pain, suffering and death into the world. It’s likely that the first death the occurred, was when God created garments to cover man’s nakedness.
Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.”
Scripture introduces Jesus to us as the last Adam, and Romans 5:19, “For 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.”
Jesus lived a sinless life. So just as Adam’s disobedience resulted in both spiritually and physically death entering the world. Christ’s death resulted in everlasting life for those who put their trust in Him. Just as we carry the image of our earthly ancestors and the sin passed down through Adam, 1 Corinthians 15:49 “so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. (Jesus).