It’s a life

Often, I sense the need to remind myself that I am not involved in a religion, not even merely a relationship with God, but that I have a new life. While relationships  can be ignored, suspended or terminated, life cannot, since we did not originate it. We do not own our lives, we only live them. Life demands ceaseless nurture and attention. The life I have determines my intake, my actions and my fruits. My life dictates my relationships and it cuts across my various roles.

There is a tendency to compartmentalize our lives into spiritual, social, business, student, religious etc, thereby relegating new birth to insignificance, missing its implications and losing its infinite benefits. In reality, we live one life which determines our way of being in our various roles. You either have human life which is subject to natural laws and man-made systems or supernatural life which dominates nature and man-made systems.

Believing in Christ is neither a religion nor church membership. It is the beginning of a new life, a supernatural life for a supernatural existence, the very life Christ exhibited when He walked this planet. That life, more than merely a relationship with God is what enabled Him to stop storms with His words, cause His disciple to walk on water, raise the dead, heal the sick and provide material provisions independent of money.

If you are a believer, how come you are not experiencing and exhibiting the glories of that life in your domain today?

  1. You do not realize that you received a new life when you believed.
  2. You do not know that the life is wholly immature and so without intentional growth, living like Christ is no more likely than a baby driving a car.
  3. You do not know that like newborns, development requires a process involving prescribed nutrition and exercises.
  4. You are not following the prescriptions.
  5. You think the new life you have received is inferior to or not as real as the human life you had.

The life in a baby is the same as an adult’s. A baby may have more potential than an adult but as long as any of the above describes you and I, we will remain as far from Christ as babies are from adulthood.

The Last Adam

The fall of the first Adam guaranteed that everyone from Adam would be ungodly – unlike God. It was a strategic and very efficient move on the enemy’s part. Corrupting the one who carried every human being in his loins ensured the genetic and spiritual corruption of the whole race. In addition, God’s clone could no longer rule. Instead, the ruler became ruled by an evil god, the god of this world.

Even before it happened, God had a plan to correct what went wrong, to redeem his clones and place them on an even higher pedestal than before the fall. He chose a group of people through whom the prophesied “seed of the woman” would come. The seed of the woman was to be another Adam, the last Adam, who would begin a new race of God’s clones like the first Adam was supposed to do.

Since the whole race was corrupted, no man from Adam’s loins could possibly start a new, God-like race anymore than a chicken could father eagles. The virgin birth introduced a seed that was not part of the corrupted race, but not just a new seed out of the blue, which I doubt would have been impossible for God. He decided instead that His only begotten Son, who is God, would be that seed.

God decided that He, the Creator, was going to be the cure. He would bear the consequence of the fall. God’s justice would not permit redemption without punishment so He came to be punished for the fall of Adam. The consequence was death in all its various forms. He came, bore our sins, our physical and spiritual death and every effect of the fall, as the sacrificial lamb. He became us, making His suffering ours, thereby legally canceling the fall and all its effects for all that will accept Him.

Through death, the last Adam defeated the god of this world and his hosts, who held sway over the descendants of Adam and came back alive, man and God. After the conquest, He was given joint seating with the Almighty, far above the god of this world and his hosts, far above every name that is named now and forever. Since the last Adam was God, I find it easy to understand that He did not need the conquest nor the exaltation for Himself. He needed it as Adam, the last Adam, so that just as we automatically inherit the corruption of the first Adam, we inherit the nature, the victory, the life of the last Adam, through faith. This will take eternity to fully comprehend but I am convinced should be a living reality in the present.

The last Adam is Jesus Christ. This surely sounds like a religious matter and I think this is why all of us – Christians and non Christians take it lightly. The last Adam is no more the founder of a religion than the first Adam is. They are both heads of races. Redemption is no more a religious matter than the effect of the fall – death in all its various forms. I think all of creation “gets” the fall. For the earth, the plants and the animals, corruption is not a religious matter. Little wonder the scriptures say they await the manifestation of God’s children, God’s clones, so they can be delivered from death to life. We may think they are alive but they want life. I am still thinking, what is life?

Believers in the last Adam are transformed from death beyond mere life, to abundant life in the same degree to which the last Adam is superior to the first. We are yet to know or show what on earth life is, not to talk of abundant life.