241 – THE LAST ADAM
Adam is not the name of the first man that lived upon the earth. Adam is the first man of the lineage of Jesus Christ. This is in the gospel of Luke 3:23-38. The idea that Adam was the first man of the creation of the human race is an absurd and archaic conclusion drawn by the emerging church’s theology. The Bible is not wrong. Wrong are the church fathers that interpreted erroneously the narrative of creation ofGenesis 1 and 2. Wrong are the modern Christians that, instead of investigating the original text, for convenience or bigotry, try to affirm that man was created 6,000 years ago—an absurdity. And those who criticize the sacred text, when they should be studying it to correct the human mistakes in exegesis, are wrong, too. But thank God Luke, the beloved doctor (Cal. 4:14) and Paul’s cooperator (Phil. 24),clarified the subject in the gospels.
The newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo” of November 19,1989 published a report in which the North American public schools were not allowed to teach any longer to their students that humanity started with Adam and Eve. This subject could only be treated in religion classes, for scientifically, man goes back thousands of years. It is astounding! A Christian nation forbids the public teaching of religion in schools because of a theological mistake. The first Adam is the responsible man, the Homo sapiens, according to science. This Adam was capable of reasoning. When he fell, he fell consciously. From the first Adam on, intellectually able, his descendants, also able to discern between good and evil, chose evil, because of the desire of the flesh. Paul says: “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Rom. 5:12). Adam is not the first man created, but the first sinner. This man and sinner is the work of Jehovah, who claims to be the creator of man. Before Adam men were half-monkeys. Anthropopithecus—Anthropo (man) pithecus (monkey). From Adam on, the pithecus part left the human race.
The Bible, nevertheless, declares that there are two Adams: the first and the last. Paul is the one who reveals us this mystery: “‘The first man, Adam, became a living soul.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit” (1 Cor. 15:45). The first Adam originated the animal men, or those led by carnal inclinations and passions. The last Adam, Jesus Christ, originated a race of spiritual men, not submitted to those carnal inclinations and appetites (1 Cor. 15:46). Paul traces the profile of this new man, descending from Christ, the husband, married to the Church, the wife who gives birth to these celestial being. “In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Eph. 4:22-24). And Paul says further, “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17).Jesus called this prodigy of faith, new birth (John 3:3-6). The change in the Christian character is so tremendous, that Paul compares it to the resurrection of the saints, when Jesus returns (Col. 3:1-3).The greedy ones distribute their fortunes with the poor (Col. 3:5; Luke 19:8). The sexually perverted and the pedophiles crucify their flesh and make themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 19:12). The hating and vengeful ones begin to preach peace and forgiveness. Those who live in darkness begin to be lights in this world. The proud and persecuting begin to be the humblest and most persecuted in this world (Phil. 3:3-9). The filthy ones begin to be holy; the children of this world abandon it to be children of God and heirs of the kingdom of heavens (Luke 20:34-36; 2 Tim. 4:18; 1 Pet. 1:3-4; Phil. 3:20-21).
The first Adam gave start to the cursed ones, and the last Adam, Jesus Christ, initiated the blessed ones(Gal. 3:10; Matt. 25:34).
The first Adam started the mortals, and the last, the eternals (Rom. 5:17).
The first Adam started the men on the earth, and of the earth, for we all came from dust and will return to the dust (Job. 10:9; Ps. 103:4; Gen. 3:19). All men on the earth are similar to the first Adam in his works. The last Adam started the spiritual and celestial men, and all of them similar to the last Adam. Paul said, “The first man is from the earth, earthly; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthly, so also are those who are earthly; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly” (1 Cor. 15:47-48). The descendants of the first Adam are all condemned, and the descendants of the last Adam are all saved. Therefore, Jehovah said, “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already” (John 3:18-19).
The problem between Jehovah and the Father, and between the lineage of the first Adam, and the lineage of the last Adam is the following: All the descendants of the first Adam upon the earth belong to Jehovah, for he said, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Ps. 24:1). The people of Israel belong to Jehovah until today, and do not belong to the Father, for they do not believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Three arguments render difficult the belief that Jehovah is the God revealed in Jesus Christ to men:
- The descendants of the first Adam in Gen. 2:7 are called Sons of Jehovah in the Old Testament; and the Sons of the God revealed by Jesus came only after Jesus, the last Adam. Let us analyze the Bible narrative: “The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and…” (Gen. 6:2). Who were these sons of God? They were the descendants of the first Adam. The daughters of men descend from the man and woman created in Gen. 1:26-28, which multiplied over the earth. The children of the Father God revealed in Christ appeared only after 4,000 after the first Adam. John describes them like this: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13). Those children of god inGen. 6:2 are not angels, either, for if the children of God came only through Christ, and the angels existed from eternity, the angels are not children.
- The offspring of the flesh and of blood exists from the time man was created, millions of years ago. The spiritual offspring came through Christ, as we read in John 3:3-6. Jesus established the spiritual new birth in which, by a miraculous intervention of the Holy Spirit, the convert to Christ goes on to have a new behavior. Paul explains that in Romans 8:5-9. This new miraculous birth frees the Christian from the fleshly carnal desires (Eph. 4:22-24). And Paul states that the children of the flesh are not children of God, in Romans 9:8. Strangely, the children of the flesh are children of Jehovah, despite their filthiness, according the Old Testament. It is enough to read Is. 1:25; Deut. 32:16-20; Is. 30:8-9. There are abundant texts in the Old Testament to prove this point. The very Jehovah called himself the god of the flesh, in Jer. 32:27. Jehovah cannot be the God whom Jesus Christ revealed. The evidences are striking.
The children of this world are not the children of God. Jesus declared this in John 17:14-16. The evangelist Luke, speaking of marriage, also declares this (Luke 20:34-35). Well, the children of Jehovah are the Israelites. “For you are a holy people to Jehovah your God; and Jehovah has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth” (Deut. 14:1-2). And speaking to the Jews, Jesus said, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23). It is amazing: the children of Jehovah are children of this world, for this reason Jehovah places the world in their hearts (Eccl. 3:11).
by PASTOR OLAVO SILVEIRA PEREIRA