The whole history of human life depends upon two men, two actions and two results. Those men are:
- Adam, whose sin brought sin, despair and death into the world
- Jesus, whose obedience led to forgiveness, justification and life for mankind
Every one of us is united to one or the other. Both are father figures; however, their actions are completely different. From Adam we inherit our tendency to sin; from Jesus we inherit all the spiritual blessings that belong to the children of God. The brilliance of Christ shines even more brightly when compared with the catastrophe caused by Adam.
In 1 Corinthians, Chapter 15 we read:
“... The first man Adam became a living being, the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. …The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.” 1 Corinthians 15: 45; 47-48
When we become Christians, we are united with Christ, the second Adam. We no longer need to fear death.
“For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality…then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.'” 1 Corinthians 15:54
We are united with Christ. We are part of God’s plan. We have nothing to fear. Thanks be to God!