Man was created by God out of dust and the inbreathing of the Spirit of God into that dust. The first man was named Adam, and his descendants are of his race. His race is summed up in the phrase, “A wicked generation,” (Mat 12:45). The teaching in the N.T. is that Jesus is not merely of our humanity, but he is the second man, the last Adam, and the founder of an entirely new race – a race that is born again.
Jesus is the first Man of a new race, and he is an infinite mystery to those of the old race. He is a mystery because one cannot be a member of this new race by their works, obedience to the law, or the recitation of a creed. One can only a member of His race by doing of the will of God. What is the will of God? The will of God is to repent, confess Jesus as the Christ, and be baptized. When a person obeys God’s will they are reborn. The Holy Spirit takes that person and mysteriously remakes them into a member of the new race.
Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother,” (Matt 13:50). Those who are reborn mysteriously become related to Jesus and thereby enter into a new relationship with God. Jesus said, “Whoever,” so the choice is ours to make.
Free to choose,