1 Corinthian 15:45 "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [Christ] was made a quickening spirit." When we look at the detail meaning of this verse we see a much different picture than what the English translation provides.
In Genesis 1:26-27 "26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Elohim creation was male and female the spiritual being. These were the spiritual beings that roamed the earth before the formation of humanity.
In Genesis 2:7 "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." It was here on the seventh day that Jehovah formed humanity. Not a single man but humanity at large.
In Genesis 2:18-19 "18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof." We find that Jehovah placed man in the Garden and then named him Adam. So what does the word Adam mean.
It is a well-known Hebrew name, Adam means "son of the red Earth." Its meaning comes from the Hebrew word "adamah" meaning "earth," from which Adam is said to be formed.
This first Adam is humanity. This means that humanity was formed on the seventh day - the day of humanity. Think of it this way we are the seventh day. The day the living soul of our physical being was formed. When Jehovah breathed the breath of life into the living soul He did that for all of humanity not just one man.
The first Adam was humanity. Humanity was sent out to do the will of God and became then the Apostolic man/humanity.
In 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 "“So it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living being;’ the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.” Christ was the the second Adam.
If the first Adam was the Apostolic humanity what might be the second Adam.
Romans 5:12-19 "12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. 15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."
Adam represents our earthly nature. “The first man was of the dust of the earth… As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth” (1 Corinthians 15:47-48). Just as our earthly body dies, so we perish through the sin nature that comes through Adam.
Meanwhile, Jesus imparts to us His spiritual nature. “The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man” (1 Corinthians 15:47-49). Adam was the figurehead of broken humanity; Jesus is now the Head of the redeemed Church.
Acts 2:1-8 "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language."
So Christ came as the second Adam. The redeemer of humanity creating the head of the church. He died on the cross and, in doing so, He brought forth God in the form of the Holy Spirit. The enactment of the Holy Spirit in our lives created the first Apostolic Church. Did not Christ tell his disciples in Marks gospel Chapter 16:15-18 KJV Jesus tell us to “Go into the entire world and preach the gospel to every creature.He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
The focus here is towards the family. The commission is directed to every creature not to nations. He speaks of healing the sickness of the family, cast out demons and baptizes those who believe on Jesus. He tells us that His disciples will be able to speak in other languages to be able to teach the families about God’s salvation.
The commission is directed to every born-again believer, to start in his family, then go to nations. He speaks of healing the sickness of the family, casting out demons, and baptizing those who believe in Jesus.
In Matthew 28:16-28 "16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Taking the scriptures literally, as we should, we can rightly understand that we are supposed to not only preach the gospel to our families and those close to us, but further to that, we are to disciple them in all things. Taken in context we not only desire people to be saved, but we MUST see the reestablishment of God’s Government at home, in the community, in the city, the county, the state, nationally and globally!
These two (2) (yes two not 1) commissions, we have been taught are the same as that provided in Mark’s and Matthew’s gospels but that is far from the truth. In Matthew’s account he writes of disciplining of nations not the family. The focus here is on governing. He tells His disciples to go teach the nations about God’s government. Jesus in Matthew did not say go make disciples like that stated in Mark’s gospel. What he said was go disciple nations teaching them My laws, My ways and My principles.
Both of these are called the Great Commission and both are not new. What Jesus was doing with both of these was recommissioning humanity to focus on the original plan. What Jesus did in coming to earth was to reverse the damage caused by the fall of humanity in the Garden and then telling His follows to go and restore His family and His nations.
We have discussed the significance of the cross and what it stood for as identified in scripture. The cross stood for Christ government. Not the government in heaven but His government here on earth.
It was His cross and it was carried on His shoulder. So the cross of Christ He carried was His government. The government of Christ is not a board of apostles, bishops, elders, pastors, or deacons. The government of Christ is the cross!
When we look at the cross it has five points. It has a top and bottom point on the vertical timber. It has a left and right point on the horizontal timber. And it has a point where the two timbers meet and connected. Those are the five points. We find in Ephesians 4:11 what each of these points represent.
Ephesians 4:11 "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;" These are the offices of Christ government. There are five and these five represent the five points of the cross and this group represents Christ cross.
Throughout history since Christ walk on this earth there was never God's government put into place as described in Ephesians 4:11. Think about that. Here is something else to think about. Adam is synonymous with humanity and the church. Adam as described by scripture is therefore a system. So in Ephesians 4:11 we are told of God's governmental system. A system that has yet to be put into place.
When Christ is ready, and I believe we are at that time and place, He will institute His governmental structure on this earth made up of individuals that are true to Him in the form of some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. This system is the third Adam.
1 Peter 2:21 "For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps."
Luke 9::23 "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."
Christ is telling us to take up our cross, our government, and follow Him. The government that God has chosen His children to have DOMINION over. He told the ecclesia that they are to hold accountable the government. The church, the bride of Christ, is not the brick and mortar of a building but the believers in Christ. We are to band together in Christ and hold our government accountable because, just like Christ, our cross is those who govern us, our government. GOD IS GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!!
The spiritual war end game is who will be in control over all of humanity. This is the war we are fighting for. This is not the end of times but a fulfillment of the scriptures of prophesy. This is the remnant of Christ who will lead the nations.
Christ told his Apostles to go teach all NATIONS. He did not say go implement my government. Christ had to die with the government on His shoulder in order to carry it to make it so. Now is the time. Here is the place. Engagement is required. Fence setters will be left behind. Evil will loose. God will win!