Friday, August 10, 2012

The Last Adam and Eve Part I

1Corinthians 15:45  Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
John 17:23  I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
Time after time in this blog, I have proved in many and various ways that we are New Covenant people. We are the New Jerusalem, the city of God coming down out of heaven. The heavenly Jerusalem is the mother of us all and we are in spiritual union with Jesus Christ, the last Adam. In him, because of him, we too are the last Adam and Eve. When God reconciled the world through Christ we returned to the garden experience. Genesis 3:8  And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. We once again are able to walk and talk with God in the cool of the day, in the early morning light, in the midnight hour… that is, we are always in the presence of God.

Yes, that is right. New Covenant people are in the New Jerusalem, in the new heaven and earth, and have been totally restored to the garden experience. We can eat from the tree of life, and shun the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. All of this is available to humans now. It is not something that one has to wait for… it can be experienced in the present presence. Isn’t it sad that so many are awaiting, and anticipating that which is already here. When God created humanity and the world he announced that his creation was very good (Gen 1:31.) He proved this belief by reconciling the world to himself in Christ. Think about that…. God… was in Christ… reconciling the world to himself… not counting their sin against them. We have inherited the ministry of reconciliation. A big part of the ministry of reconciliation is announcing that we are in fact the last Adam and Eve in Christ. The story has gone full circle.

Jesus told his followers that – God was in him – he was in us… so then, in a similar way that all of the fullness of the Godhead resides in Christ Jesus… it also resides in us. We have tremendous power that we do not properly explore and exploit. In order for us to feel and manifest the power we need to believe it corporately. Yes, I’m saying that for the real power to manifest, the group (body of Christ) is necessary. Unfortunately, most fellowships are so bogged down with the law, sin and death, and elemental aspects of salvation that they completely miss the goal… they miss the ministry of reconciliation. They have embraced the leaven of the Pharisees’ hook, line, and sinker. They spend all of their time striving for and insisting on legal righteousness. They are not resting in the righteousness of God and in so doing they miss their great opportunity.

My prayer is that fellowships will embrace grace – completely embrace grace, and that they will allow peace with God and love for God to transform them into the last Adam and Eve.

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