An Evening with the Word: the Second Adam (Part 2)

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

Death: our enemy

1 Corinthians 15:22-26

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”

Under the first Adam we all died because of sin but under the second Adam, we all have abundance of life because of Christ’s gift of righteousness (Jn 3:15, 36, 5:24, 10:10).

In Hebrews 2:14-15, Christ has already conquered death. Why does 1 Corinthians 15:26 say that death is the last enemy that shall be destroyed as if it has not yet been destroyed? The answer is very simple:

Though Jesus Christ has defeated death, the world still experiences death every day. This is because what God has done spiritually; the Church must physically bring it to pass by faith. We are coworkers with God and as He spiritually dealt with death, the Body of Christ must use the power given to them to physically deal with it here on earth by faith. We must know that death is not a friend to God; for God does not work hand in hand with death. Instead, death is an enemy and Jesus has conquered it (1 Cor 15:26).

The place of death in the Second Adam

Romans 5:14-17

“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. 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. 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. 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.”

Death reigned from the first Adam to Moses; it did not reach the second Adam because when He came, He abolished death and introduced immortality. He nailed sin and death on the cross and from then, he gave us victory over sin and death.

What to keep in mind

As a new man in the new Adam, you have only one kind of life to live, and it is called "the life of faith". We are living in the assurance and certainty of God’s presence. You have the ability to believe. To him that believes, all things are possible. In your life, all things are possible. We don’t reason out the word of God as in the first Adam where we lived by reasoning; now we live by faith. We call you to stand by faith and to participate in this divine nature in Christ Jesus the second Adam.

As you end this study, if you believe you belong to the second Adam, rise up and spend some time to confess what you believe you have in Christ; prophesy to your future the things that must happen. Hallelujah!

See you in the next Evening with the Word. You will be coming back with testimonies in Jesus name.

Pastor Jonathan Okoroafor

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