Updated: Oct 23, 2020
The importance of knowledge
As a new man in Christ, if you do not understand who you are and what you have in Christ, you will go through many unnecessary troubles and will be exposed to demonic harassment. Secondly, if you know all of those, you must keep on reminding yourself and increasing in the knowledge of what Christ has become to you, else it sleeps off your mind. You need to know who you are and keep your mind steady on the Gospel truths.
The difference between the first Adam and the Second
1 Corinthians 15:45
“And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit”.
When we were under the first Adam, we were “living souls” because the first Adam was made a living soul. A soulish life is a life based on reasoning, not on the spirit. Life from the soul is still a carnal life and Satan can handle or manipulate such a life; it is not a surprise that he easily defeated the first Adam.
However, from the time one gives their life to Christ, they are no more traced to the first Adam but to the Second. It is imperative to note that we are no more under the first Adam but under the Second. In the second Adam, we are joined with the quickening Spirit. As we partook in the image of the first, likewise we partake in the image of the Second. Consequently, we are of the quickening Spirit, having the Spirit that raised Christ from the death in us (Romans 8:11).
The implications of being in the Second Adam
Being in Him means that our life is no more based on the soul; it comes from our Spirit. Under the first Adam, people lived like flowers (coming to the world, getting strong and beautiful and then fading away easily, to end up dying). On the contrary, under the second Adam, we are forever young. As Christ is, so are we (1 Jn 4:17). We have become life-giving spirits because we share in divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). The Word of God calls us “a new species of being”; we have never existed before (2 Cor 5:17). We have a different kind of life in us, it is called eternal life (1 Jn 5:13) because we are born of God (1 Jn 5:1).
See you in the next part of this topic!
Pastor Jonathan Okoroafor