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"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." (Romans 5:14). Adam was the figure of him that was to come; that is, Jesus Christ was an Adam or human being like us. "for verily he took not on him the nature of  angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people." (Hebrews 2:16,17). Jesus Christ had to be a human being like us in order for the righteousness of God to be satisfied, fulfilling all the law in every minute detail. "But was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15b). Jesus as a human being like us overcame the devil, the world, and his own flesh as our example for godliness.

 

Jesus as the sinless, spotless Lamb of God gave himself to take away the sin of the world. The law was weak in the flesh. Therefore Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, to condemn sin in the flesh. The brazen serpent in the wilderness was lifted up that upon all that looked on it would be healed after being bitten of serpents, so was Jesus as this brazen serpent...the likeness of this brass serpent but without the venom. Jesus was in the likeness of Adam but without the sin. Jesus never had a sin nature in that He never sinned, but showed forth the divine nature solely as He is the express image of God.

 

Jesus as a man of Adam was truly a man. Jesus was truly God as the Spirit that dwelled in him. God gave this man the Holy Ghost without measure, all the fulness of the Godhead dwelling or housing permanently in the man Christ Jesus.  God made him to be sin for us who knew no sin and had done nothing worthy of death. Abel as an Adam was slain by his brother Cain, his blood speaking vengeance from the ground.  But no man took Jesus' life from him. Jesus freely laid it down manifesting God's love toward mankind. Jesus did not simply die martyr's death, neither did he die as an act of terrorism. If he had, then His blood would also cry vengeance as did Abel's. But Jesus died as the supreme sacrifice with His life's blood shed for the sin of the world that currently cries "Love, Joy, Peace, Gentleness, Surety, Safety, Everlasting Life." 

 

Jesus rose from the grave as the second Adam with a spiritual body. Jesus sowed His body as a natural body like ours, but rose from the grave with a spiritual body that could walk through walls and change forms. Adam being the first was the Federal Head of the human race under the penalty of death because of sin. Jesus being the second Adam was resurrected from the dead as the Federal Head of the God race and family, God making Him both Lord and Christ. Death has no more dominion over Jesus, for He is our great High Priest with the power of an endless life ever living to make intercession for us. Jesus is the quickening Spirit having been exalted above all things having all power in heaven and in earth.

 

The Lord Jesus is that Spirit. He is the LORD Jehovah God Almighty that took on a body of flesh in order to die for the sin of the world. This is the second Adam as the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. Behold the Lamb of God! For there is none other name under heaven given among men for salvation than Jesus Christ. If we are in the first Adam, we shall die; for in Adam all die. However, if we are in Christ Jesus we shall live; for in Christ is life everlasting. How does one get into Christ? Do we have to die a physical death in order to pass from the first Adam to the second Adam? The answer is "no", but we do have to die in order to escape the corruption of the world through lust in order to be a partaker of the divine nature. How does one accomplish this? The answer is through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:38). Why baptism? "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:3,4). In order to become a new creature in Christ, we must be born of the water and Spirit. Water is H20, water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Spirit is the Holy Ghost, one being baptized in the Holy Ghost.

 

We want to be sure that we are in Christ, not following denominational doctrines and creeds of men that are under the first Adam shut up unto death. If we are in Christ by repentance and baptism, then we are in the process of being conformed to His image until we come unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ, unto full maturity and perfection. This is the true Christ and eternal life. How do I know that I am in Christ and that my sins are washed away? Do I accomplish this by asking Jesus into my heart by repentance as seen on television or at my local church? No one in the Word of God asked Jesus to "come into my heart". For they realized that true Gospel required "Repentance" and then "Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins" in order to be in Christ. The heart was then circumcised by the operation of God with the body of sin being cut off from the person's heart by baptism. (Colossians 2:11,12). Am I saved if I haven't been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ? No, you haven't gone to the Altar of Burnt Offering by Repentance; and you haven't washed in the Laver by being Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for your sins to be remitted. Repentance is unto salvation, not salvation. "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of." (2 Corinthians 7:10a).

 

Most in the modern day church are not "in Christ", but are in the first Adam under the penalty of death with their sins not washed away. For the blood of Jesus Christ is not applied without the water, neither is the water of regeneration applied without the blood. For it is both the water and blood that flowed from Jesus' side that agree in one. This is Jesus Christ that came by water and blood. The believer must crucify the first Adam of death in order to be in the second Adam of life. This is only accomplished by the act of obedience in applying both the water and the blood of Jesus Christ. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:38,39). Are you in Christ? Or are you deceived thinking that repentance alone is salvation in qualifying you as "being in Christ". The only way to be in Christ is through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ....not by asking Jesus to come into your heart..... "Know ye not..." (Romans 6:3).

 

 

    

 

 

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