Long time ago…
In a place now called earth, God, the Creator had finished all of creation. Then He made the epitome of his creation, one in His exact image and likeness, man, called Adam. God so loved Adam, and will come frequently to share with Adam very sweet intimate fellowship until everything went south.
God had loved man and given him everything he needed with a few guidelines on what to do, and what not to do. However Adam had been deceived together with his dear wife, Eve and they sinned, deceived by a serpent. Adam, in his sin, became naked and vulnerable. Guilt overwhelmed his heart and he began to run from this God who created him and loved him so much. But God was not scared of his sin. God kept coming and asking: “Adam where are you?”
Well, the first Adam got it all wrong and kept on sinking deeper into depravity, distanced from God so much, that he became an enemy with God in his mind. However, God kept on coming for him. Adam’s offspring continued in depravity but God made provisions and gave them laws in order them to keep them in the way of salvation till he would manifest in the person of Christ Jesus as the second Adam.
The first Adam got everything wrong and took all of humanity off course, “for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). Christ, the second Adam, was manifest, bringing us back to everything that we lost in the first Adam.
Who is God continues…
God comes by Himself in flesh…
Hebrews 2:14 “seeing that the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He too became a partaker of flesh and blood.” God became flesh because ”In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God… and the word became flesh.” (John 1:1, 14) God put on human flesh, born by a virgin and came into our civilization. He wanted to feel what his children felt. He wanted to be one with them in every way, stepping into their deepest levels of sin, brokenness, failure, sickness, depravity, and vulnerability so that in Himself, He might bring them up and back because man kept on sinking into depravity.
Man’s heart longed for the God who created him because he was wired for fellowship and in the bid to reach this God; he began to cook up things; ways and strategies that we now call religion. Every religion is as a result of man’s desire and search to reach God. Every religion, whatever name you call it, whatever –ism it is, whatever name you call it, is man’s attempt to reach God.
But guess what? God stops us right in our tracks and comes to us in the person of Christ. That is why Christianity, as we call it right now, is the end of religion. It’s no more man’s effort to reach God, it is God coming to reach us by Himself and putting an end to the mundane rituals and sacrifices that we do in order to access God. It’s in the manifestation of Christ that we really see God’s perspective that, all our efforts in trying to be right and present ourselves in the best pictures pass up in the realm of the spirit as filthy rags. Well, filthy rags don’t even do real justice to what Isaiah was expressing there. The word filthy rags were in those times, an old picture of menstrual cloth used by women to clean up themselves in their cycles. That’s how all our efforts in ourselves appear before God (Isaiah 64:6).
You see, we can never get it right by ourselves so God came to get it right in Christ for us. Just the way Adam sinned and all of us inherited Adam’s sin, so Christ came and made it right and all of us can inherit Christ’s righteousness. So righteousness is a gift to every single human being on the earth. God manifests imself in Christ Jesus. In the book of Hebrews, it says “God who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in this last days spoken to us by his Son.” (Hebrews 1:1, 2) God spoke through prophets using dreams, visions, several illustrations, parables and in different ways. In these last days, he speaks through his Son.
Everything has to reveal the Son. Everything has to reflect the Son. Everything has to reflect the Christ. Everything has to point to the Christ because He is the summation of all things. It all consists in him; it all sums up in him. He is the author and finisher of our faith. Everything about faith starts and finishes in Him. So God in times past, spoke through prophets and in many different ways but right now, he speaks through the son. Everything has to point you to Jesus. Right now, God speaks only through Jesus.
In Hebrews, it continued, ”whom he had appointed heir of all things by whom he made the worlds who being brightness of his glory.” (Hebrews 1:2, 3) Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of his person. You cannot see God without seeing Jesus. Jesus is the express image of God. He, in his incarnation was fully God and fully man so that in his being, all of humanity will meet all of divinity. Jesus did not pop up as just some example, you know, like, he just set some example for us. No, Jesus was a vicarious man as much as Adam was a vicarious man. What Adam did, affected the whole of humanity so what Jesus came to do, was for the whole of humanity. If he did not assume all of humanity, then we cannot say that his sacrifice atoned for all of humanity. So he assumed all of humanity from his very incarnation through his life to his death and his resurrection. Jesus was fully God and fully man.
The second Adam was restoring to us everything that was lost in the first Adam, but at the same time, bringing the direct revelation of God to us. There is no knowing God without knowing the person of Jesus because he is the express image of the person of God. Jesus is the way, he is the truth and he is the life (John 14:6).
Thank you for reading to this point! Tell me one new truth you caught from today’s episode.