It was recently brought to my attention that the second Adam (Jesus) did what the first Adam was supposed to do in the beginning after his creation. It was proposed by this teacher that the first Adam was supposed to rule the world with his words. I had never made that connection until I heard the statement.
Walking with the Spirit of God is a lot like putting a puzzle together. The truth is, you’re just never even sure what the whole picture of your life is supposed to look like and the Spirit keeps revealing things in small nuggets, like handing you a puzzle piece that fits somewhere…
I’m sure there are people that are able to see the entire picture, but I’m not sure I’m one of them. Even my dreams are small parts of information, pieces to a mysterious puzzle I sometimes don’t seem to be able to solve, to grasp and make a complete picture out of….but that discussion is probably for another post.
So, if I go and look at the life of Jesus, Who is the express image of His Father, as Hebrews says, what do I see? I see a man who turned water into wine at a wedding, a man who healed everyone who came to Him, who spoke to a tree and it withered, a man who raised the dead, a man who multiplied fishes and loaves and fed thousands of people and there were leftovers, multiplied a catch of fish after the disciples fished all night in the same lake and caught nothing, told the disciples where to find a coin in a fish’s mouth to pay the taxes with, told the Samaritan woman all about her past, walked on water, spoke to a storm on the Galilee and saw it respond, cast out demons from people, opened blind eyes, healed lepers by touching them which no did. And He was doing the will of God, scripture says, He only said what he heard His Father saying and He only did what He saw HIs Father doing. Do we hear God speaking to the storm or a mountain in life? Do we see Him healing and raising the dead so that we can do it too? I fear most of us, including myself, are not looking for God to do these things. Do we have faith for it? Do we even want to do these things? I fear too many of us just “go to church.” We are not true disciples of God, sold out and willing to do whatever is takes to bring His Kingdom to earth. I fear we are not like the early church.
So, if that was what the first Adam was supposed to be doing….and that’s what Jesus did when He came to earth, then what are we supposed to be doing? I submit to you that if Jesus is the express image of God, and we are made in His image, and He promised the disciples we would do greater works than these…well, hmmmm….(of course, I acknowledge if Adam had never sinned, there would be no demons to cast out, no sickness to heal and there would have been no dead to be raised as everyone would just live forever.) I’m just following a line of progressive thought bringing scriptures together here. Can we escape what seems to be staring us right in the face in the scriptures? I know so many Christians who would never even entertain thoughts of these things as a possibility and would accuse me of insanity! But is God’s word true, or not? Would you stake your life on it?
1 Cor. 15:24-28 Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority, and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
For “God has put everything under His feet.” Now when it says that everything has been put under Him, this clearly does not include the One who put everything under Him. And when all things have been subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be made subject to Him who put all things under Him, so that God may be all in all.
1 Cor. 15:45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
! Cor. 15:49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so also shall we bear the likeness of the heavenly man.
Think about this: After Jesus defeated the devil, why didn’t he just declare His kingdom was here and set it up then? There had to be a reason He didn’t. The disciples were expecting Him to do that, and when he was killed, their dreams were devastated. So why did He leave all of them, and us, here with the devil and his cohorts?
The scriptures say that all things must be made subject to Him, and that’s where we come in. We are his ambassadors to represent his Kingdom of love, his deputies to enforce the Kingdom’s authority on the earth. Jesus was here in the flesh. He showed us how to take charge, to take our authority back. He restored our original position to us and overcame the devil on our behalf. He was crucified, resurrected, and left the planet. Then His Spirit was poured out on His disciples, enabling them to do the same things.
Jesus is now in charge, on the throne in Heaven, waiting until His enemies become His footstool. We are His beloved, His bride, joint heirs with Him. Romans 8:17. We are to be engaged in learning to reign in life like He did and modeled for us. We are to be learning to use our words to move mountains and calm storms, just like He did. We have been given a foretaste of the Heavenly powers to come and we are to use them to advance the Kingdom of God on the earth, just like the apostles did in the first century A.D. We ARE supernatural beings, new creations. We are not what we were. We have to stop being so worldly and become more Heavenly minded.
Dear Jesus: We have not lived for You. We have not done the things You said we could and should do. We are sorry we have not been good representatives of Your Kingdom. Forgive us for our ignorance and rebellion to Your plan. Open our eyes to see Your good plan for our lives. Teach us and help us to choose Your ways so that we can see Your Kingdom and goodness come to this earth.
Hebrews 11:32-34 And what more shall I say? Time will not allow me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the raging fire, and escaped the edge of the sword; who gained strength from weakness, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight.