The Last Adam


Jesus_names Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology says that “”Adam” is both the proper name of the first human and a designation for humankind.” The Bible specifically refers to two men with the name Adam.  God created the first man, Adam … “a living being,” … “a living creature” … from the dust of the ground and “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” (Genesis 2:7).

From the very beginning the first Adam’s relationship with God was dependent upon his absolute faith and obedience to God’s word.  God placed the first Adam in the wonderful Garden of Eden giving him dominion over all the earth with instruction that he could eat of “every tree of the garden” with the exception of one, “the tree of knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:16-17).

Falling prey to the deception of Satan, the first Adam (and his wife Eve) consciously and deliberately committed the original sin by eating of the fruit of the forbidden tree (Genesis 3:6-7).  This blatant violation of the faith and trust relationship that existed between God and man marked the first Adam and collectively ALL of mankind  (Romans 5:12)  as sinners with the certainty of physical death (Romans 6:23a, Romans 3:23).

Thus enters the second manThe Last Adam, The Christ, the Messiah, the Savior, Jesus, the life-giving Spirit from heaven!

1 Corinthians 15:45 (ESV) – 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; The Last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

The Last Adam

For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:16-17).

As death came upon man through the sin of the first Adam, the forgiveness of sin and eternal life comes through  the death and the resurrection of The Last Adam, Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:21-22; 15:45-47)!!  Through His great and redeeming love, God made a way for man to be forgiven of his sins and reconciled to Him (John 3:16-17).

There are some important theological contrasts between Adam and Jesus.  Here are a few of the most obvious, but there are others:

  • The first Adam did not have an earthly father (Genesis 2:7) — The Last Adam, Jesus, did not have an earthly father (Luke 1:35).
  • The first Adam was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) as a sinless, immortal being — The Last Adam, Jesus, was, is and always will be sinless and immortal; Jesus is the great “I Am” (Exodus 3:13-14).
  • The first Adam was created as a man with flesh and blood to be God’s representative, God’s faithful steward on the earth, and God’s servant that would fulfill His divine purpose bringing Glory to God — The Last Adam, Jesus, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin as 100% man with flesh and blood, to be God’s faithful servant and to bring about God’s redemptive purpose for fallen man.
  • The first Adam was given dominion over ALL of the earth and appointed to subdue the earth (Genesis 1:28) — Jesus, as The Last Adam, will subdue ALL of heaven and earth as every knee will bow to Him and confess that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11).
  • The first Adam’s disobedience resulted in physical and spiritual death for man (Genesis 3:19) — The Last Adam‘s death and resurrection resulted in everlasting life for ALL those who repent and believe in Him as Savior (Romans 5:19).

Jesus Christ, The Last Adam, freely offered himself as an atonement for man’s sin and purchased eternal life for all who trust Him as Savior.   Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven (1 Corinthians 15:49).

Praise God for sending The Last Adam!

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Merciful Father, thank You that in Your great loving-kindness You sent Jesus as The Last Adam to conquer sin and death and provide THE way for ALL of mankind to spend an eternity with You in Heaven.  Hallelujah, what a Savior!  Amen and amen.

About jimdavenport

Jim Davenport resides in the USA in Northeast Georgia, is a member of a Southern Baptist Church and is a retired Christian business man. Jim and his wife Charlotte have one son and daughter in law, Keven and Amy, four grandchildren - Ashlyn (Davenport) & Josh Murphy, and Mason & Rebecca Davenport. We have three great-grandchildren, Rhory Camile Murphy, Rhett Levi Murphy and Sawyer Joshua Murphy. Jim and Charlotte own a mountain get-away home located on Lookout Mountain in Alabama where they spend many spring, summer and fall days working in their raised bed organic garden. Jim has served as a Deacon and Trustee in his local church most of his adult life and on the Executive Committee and Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees of Shorter University, an intentionally Christian institution located in Rome, Georgia. Jim has a passion for the word of God and has always believed that Christian principles should guide every aspect of his life. He also loves Christian music and often served as a tenor soloist in his church. One of the highlights of his life was the nearly 20 years he spent singing with The Good News, a Southern Gospel quartet. Jim served as an Information Technology professional his entire working career of 50 years holding senior positions in and consulting with hundreds of world-class organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Jim remains as President and CEO of InfoSys Solutions Associates, Inc. and is a retired partner of IT Governance Partners, LLC, both of which are “Trusted Advisor” technology and business consulting firms. Jim has authored a number of books available at www.jimdavenport.me/jims-books. His blog has ben read by readers from more than 170 countries. Jim holds both a BS and an MS in Mathematics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and completed Management Development Training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
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5 Responses to The Last Adam

  1. bwebbjr says:

    Jim, thanks so much for this insightful post … while I briefly visited this very same topic in a post last Sunday you have added some great insights that I totally missed and have never considered. Thanks so much for the time you put in to this … you have really helped me see some things IN a completely different Light … I am reblogging! Bernie

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    • jimdavenport says:

      Bernie, God is sending both of us in a direction that cannot be coincidence. I am learning so much from our times together. He is to be praised. May what we are impressed to write bring glory to Him … Not to us! Jim

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  2. bwebbjr says:

    Reblogged this on Believing IN Christ Jesus through ALL things and commented:
    Please take a moment to consider this insightful post from a beloved brother IN Christ Jim Davenport regarding the last Adam

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  3. jimdavenport says:

    03/27/2015 comment via email
    Powerful message during this Easter Season. Thanks for sharing. John Hayes

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  4. jimdavenport says:

    03/28/2015 @ 10:46 AM Comment via email
    Hi Jim. Amen to your great article keep up the good work. Hope y’all are well. Love you both. Jerry & Bev

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