July 15, 2019 - God created the first man, Adam, and placed him in the Garden of Eden. A paradise on earth, a place of utmost beauty, rich in all the things which man could ever need in his lifetime.
God gave Adam a wife, a woman named Eve which He created from one rib taken from Adam’s body that she might be made from man and called woman.
God gave Adam and Eve only one rule, one command other than to live in and tend the garden, that was not to eat from the tree that grew in the center of the garden, the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Adam and Eve broke this one rule and God cast them out of the garden, forever, and told them that they would live in suffering, no longer in God’s paradise but in an imperfect world made imperfect by their own failure to obey God’s law.
I want to tell you today of two men, the first man, Adam, made from the dust of the earth and the last man, Adam, Jesus Christ, a living spirit.
“The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” (1 Corinthians 15:45)
The first man Adam created by God from the dust of the earth, his life blown into him by God, the breath of life from the creator.
“But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:46-47)
Jesus was not created from dust but was as God, a spirit being, he was created in flesh when God implanted his seed into Mary and created the Christ child, the body of Jesus on earth. Sent to be the Savior of the earth, of all who would believe and obey.
“As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:48-49)
All men are created, in their mother’s womb by God from the earth, all are of the dust as was the first man Adam.
When one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and is saved from all sin, he dies to the world and is resurrected in Christ Jesus, to then bear the image of the Savior.
This is true for flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven. Those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord will be raised on the day of the rapture of the church to be forever with our Lord.
“I tell you this, brothers; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” (1 Corinthians 15:50)
And then He speaks to the saved.
“Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-57)
If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior won’t you accept Him today.
Accept Him as Lord and be forever saved from the penalties of sin, forever at home with Him in heaven.
Time grows shorter each day and no one knows the day nor the hour that the Lord will return for his own, for his church.
Prepare today for his coming for when He comes it is too late and your fate is sealed. Accept Him today and know his joy and peace, even while you live here on earth.
May his blessings be upon you this day and forever…