Reading: Hebrews 1-2
“… The son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” – Luke 3.38
Adam failed. Big time. He sinned, he fell out with God, his spirit died, and all his descendants were born carrying his nature—dead in the spirit (Romans 5.12-15), children of wrath (Ephesians 2.1-3). Woe are we! But the Father had a plan—a lovely, wonderful, absolutely amazing, gracious plan! Promised right from the garden of Eden, looked forward to in hope until fulfilled in our earth-time, but accessible to all mankind throughout the generations (Revelation 13.8, 1 Peter 1.19-21).
For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”?
“I will be to him a father,
and he shall be to me a son”?
And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,“Let all God’s angels worship him.”Hebrews 1.5-6 (ESVUK)
A second Adam—that’s the answer! Someone who would again be borne of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 15.45-49), will be tested and tempted–but will never sin—will choose not to sin! Someone who will be our advocate to the Father, the spotless Lamb who will take the sins of the world (Hebrews 2.9), put on His righteousness on us (2 Corinthians 5.21)—our pure, unblemished High Priest! We shall be made alive again in Christ (Ephesians 2.4-9), we can now be children of God, and He will bring us to glory with Him (Hebrews 2.10).
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15.20-23 (ESVUK)
My friends—would you like to be born again—this time with the Spirit of God? Our hope is in the second Adam, who is God himself, who breathes the Spirit into us as we are willing (John 20.22).
For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying,
“I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”
“I will put my trust in him.”
“Behold, I and the children God has given me.”
– Hebrews 2.11-13 (ESVUK)
Again, my friends, the second chance is your last chance! Don’t delay!