Romans 5:14 says of Adam, “The figure of Him that was to come.” The verse implies Adam was a type of Jesus. Knowing the stories of these two men we are inclined to say, “What, how can Adam be a type of Jesus?” After all Adam was a reprobate, and Jesus is sinless. Despite the dissimilarities Paul, through a series of contrast in Romans 5, shows that Adam was indeed a picture of Jesus.
After God created Adam He gave Adam the earth to reign over, in contrast Jesus is the Lord from heaven who now reigns over creation. Adam was tested in a Garden surrounded by beauty and love; Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, and He died on a cross surrounded by hatred and ugliness. Adam was a thief who was banished from Paradise; Jesus turned to a thief and said, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Lk 23:43.). Finally, the Old Testament is, “The book of the generation of Adam” (Gen 5:21), and it ends with “A curse” (Mal. 4:6). The New Testament is, “The book of the generations of Jesus Christ” (Matt 1:1) and it ends with, “No more curse,” (Rev 22:3).
You cannot help being in Adam, for that came by your first birth, and there is nothing you can do about that. But you do not have to stay in Adam, for you can experience a second birth – a birth from above that will put you in Christ. This is why Jesus said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7).
It is hard for us to understand the strain of Paul’s ministry, for he did not have the comforts we have today. Every day Paul relied on God for his food, a place to clean up, a change of clothes, and a place to lay his head. He crossed seas during storms, walked over mountain ranges that were not yet free of snow, was jailed, beaten, left for dead, and chased from towns.
If Paul were here we would ask him, “Why the hurry, why the urgency, why the suffering?” And he would say, “I am a debtor,” (Rom 1:14 KJV).
I am a debtor are the words of every Christian Church. The Church is in debt to the world. Not that the world has given the Church anything, but Jesus has given the Church something for the world. Yes, it is true the world hates God, but it is truer that God loves the world. Yes it is true that the world will not have God, but it is truer that God wants the world. And for this reason God has given the world the Church. If the Church appropriates Christ’s Gospel, and sings her songs about it, thanks God in her worship for what He has done for her, and stops there, she is playing the harlot, she is prostituting her very nature to base uses. This is harsh language, but until the Church takes the Gospel and gives it to the world we are dishonest, for we, like Paul, are in debt.
When God decided to make man He said, “Let us make man in Our image,” (Gen 1:26). This means God gave man some of His own characteristics, characteristics that separated him from the animals, things like: The ability to think, to use language, solve complicated problems, the curiosity to discover, and He put eternity into the heart and mind of mankind. Then Adam sinned and the special fellowship we had with God was broken, and man was cast out from the presence of God. But man still bore God’s image, and therefore, man will never be complete until that fellowship is restored.
Today’s average Christian doesn’t seem to be making much progress toward restoring that lost fellowship. Today’s Christian is converted, joins the Church, and five years later he is right where he started, and ten years later he has fared no better. For a true seeker of God that will not do, for the testimony of a true seeker is, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirst for God, for the living God,’ (Ps 42:1-2). That is the testimony of a true seeker after God, and nothing is going to slow their progress.
Something has been lost in the churches, so they offer something shiny on the outside to pretend that there is something real on the inside. But you cannot fool a true seeker of God with this kind of thing, for they know better.
Here to restore what was lost,