Who Am I? In Adam and In Christ.

If you’re alive, it’s safe to say, you’ve been born. That’s undeniable. Our birth’s have each been at different times and in different places. We’ve come from different families, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Typically, we don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about our birth because we’re just too busy living life. Yet, there is one distinct similarity in birth we all share. We can find this in the Creation story.

God’s story of Creation begins in the book of Genesis. There we read that the first man, Adam, and his wife, Eve, were created in the image and likeness of God.  This was so they could relate to God and reflect his image in this world. They did this perfectly in the Garden at Creation, but unfortunately, not for very long. Being challenged by the devil, in the form of a serpent, they questioned God’s integrity. Little did they know by doing this they were also questioning their created identity. They believed the lie that they could be “like God” and this caused the Fall of Man. Interestingly enough, they were already as much like God as He created them to be.

Man’s identity was intended to be lived out in subjection to God’s authority. By rebelling against this authority and asserting his own, man was now only a distorted image of the created image of God. In Genesis 5 we see how this has affected the entire human race. There it tells us that Adam had a son, “in his own image after his likeness”. Already, the fallen state of man is being passed down. Adam’s son now bore a stronger resemblance to his earthly father, than his Creator.

Every one ever born bears the image and likeness of Adam.  This means we are carnal, flesh and blood. We are fallen, inclined to rebellion and self-rule.  We are separated from our Creator, spiritually dead. Tragically, we share in Adam’s defeat and left are facing death and judgment.

Thankfully, God has refused to leave us where we find ourselves from birth. He sent his son, Jesus Christ, the “second Adam”, to redeem us. Jesus came to earth and perfectly imaged God, the Father. His resemblance was as they say, “uncanny”! He then sacrificially died to pay the penalty of Adam’s sin that affects us all. When we acknowledge by faith who Jesus is and trust in what he did for us, we can experience a new birth and therefore, a new life.  Jesus said as much in John 3:3,”You must be born again.”

The Apostle Paul beautifully illustrates this in  1 Corinthians 15:45-49. There he tells us that the first Adam, became a living person. The second Adam, Jesus, became a life-giving Spirit. He goes on to say that as we bear the image of the earthly man, Adam, in our first birth, we will also bear the image of the heavenly man, Jesus, in our new birth.

Simply said, though we are born “in Adam”, if we have placed our trust in Jesus Christ for our salvation, we are now “in Christ”. We’ve experienced new birth and are new creations. Things have changed. Just as we had shared in Adam’s defeat, we now share in Christ’s victory. Victory over the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and eventually the presence of sin when we are in God’s eternal heaven.

I really love how Paul articulates what this means when writing to the Colossae church.      In Colossians 3:3 he says our lives are “hidden in Christ”. This means that though we resemble the man Adam, hidden within us and secure is the new man, in Jesus Christ.  It’s hidden because it is spiritual. It is kept safe. Nothing in this world can change the reality that your identity is now in Christ.

Let’s be thankful for this and walk in this new identity. We are now in Christ. Thanks be to God!

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