Who Jesus Is
Just a quick simple recap: In the past two lessons we learned that God created the earth, which is the planet we live on. With the creation of Adam, the “world” came into existence ON earth. You and I live IN the world ON earth. (I know some of this may seem rather simplistic to some of you, but if you’ll kindly bear with me…)
For roughly 4000 years, the world of mankind existed alone on earth. Then, along came Jesus. As we know, he was crucified, and just as God breathed the breath of life into Adam, He breathed the breath of life into the lifeless body of Jesus. The first breath the resurrected Jesus took was the first breath of a new “world” on earth…the kingdom of God. Now we have two worlds on earth. That of Adam, and that of the kingdom of God.
If you would kindly tuck that thought away for awhile, we’ll come back to it, but for now, let’s take a look at some interesting points between Adam and Jesus…and between the creation of the two worlds…the world of Adam, and the kingdom of God.
First of all, Adam was created a perfect being. Jesus was born a perfect being. Adam was the only person ever created by God. Jesus was the only person born of God.
When I say that, it goes without saying that God “created” each of us as individuals as we were being formed in our mother’s womb (Job 31:15, Is. 49:5, Jer. 1:5). But with the exception of Adam, every person who has ever lived, Jesus included, was born by the process of childbirth.
With Adam being the only man created by God, and Jesus being the only man born of God, those two men, in a sense are the only two men in the entire history of mankind that can legitimately be called the sons of God. Adam and Jesus.
Adam was created without sin. He was tempted by the devil and failed. Jesus was born without sin, was tempted by the devil and, as we know, withstood the temptations.
So, here we have the two sons of God. Both came into the world as perfect beings, though Adam would later fall. It should be noted, that all of us are given life in the world of Adam. It’s impossible for one to enter the world of the kingdom of God without first having life in the fallen world of Adam, simply because without having life in Adam’s world, you don’t exist! The issue is whether or not we remain in Adam’s world…
As Adam and Jesus are the only two sons of God, every single one of us is the offspring of either one or the other. We are each born into this world as fallen Adams. Jesus, himself, was born into this fallen world before the second “world”, the kingdom of God, was established. Each of us is either a child of Adam, and are in a fallen world, or we are a child of Jesus and have access to the kingdom of God. There is no in between.
Those of us who are a child of Jesus are in the difficult position of living in both worlds at the same time. While we have access to the kingdom of God, we may not necessarily be living in the kingdom of God. Or, we may hop and skip from living in one world at times, to living in the other at other times…because the world of the kingdom of God was established within the world of Adam.
At times they can be very difficult for us to separate. There are no physical barriers to separate them. Had the kingdom of God been established BESIDE the world of Adam, things might be different. But it wasn’t. It was established WITHIN the world of Adam.
Everyone who has ever lived has lived in the world of Adam. But not all citizens of Adam’s world will live in the kingdom of God. Still, one must be a son of Adam before one can become a son of Jesus…
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