Jesus is the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:44-49)


It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 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.  – 1 Cor. 15:44-49

Today we are looking at the title of “last Adam” that is given to Christ.  In 1 Corinthians chapter 15 Paul compares Adam and Jesus to describe how God is working through mankind and what it means for the future.  In the passage above Paul describes how mankind was created from dust through the first Adam.  Mankind has a natural beginning and since the first Adam sinned we also are sinners.  Paul then shows us the hope we have in the last Adam.  How he became a “life-giving spirit”.  Christ gives us the Holy Spirit that fills us and empowers us.  Not only does he give us the Spirit but some day we will be just like the last Adam.  Our bodies will be just like Christ’s resurrected bodies.  Currently we are physically like the first Adam born of dust but we have the assurance that we will have a perfect body someday like the last Adam.  Let us focus on the work Christ has done in our lives and the hope we have for the future.  Our bodies may return to dust one day but we have the promise of having perfect glorified bodies for all of eternity.