Romans 5:19: “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
Our lesson today is titled “God’s Second Man, Part 1”
God created the first man, Adam, because He wanted a race of people who would glorify Him, but Adam rebelled against God. In our last lesson we saw the terrible results of Adam’s disobedience. Not only did Adam become a sinner himself, but he also produced a race of sinners. Instead of having God’s life within them, men became separated from God because of sin. Instead of having God’s nature, men became sinful and self-centered. Instead of ruling over the earth, men became slaves of sin and Satan.
How could this race of sinful men glorify God and fulfill His purpose? The answer is: It could not.
However, God still wanted a race of people who would glorify Him. But how would God bring this about? He would do it through another man! Since ruin came to the human race through one man — Adam, God would provide salvation for the human race through one man — Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.”
God chose His only begotten Son to be this second Man. First Corinthians 15:47 says, “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second Man is the Lord from Heaven.” To make our salvation possible, God would send His own Son into the world. He would die for the sins of all men. Then He would rise again to become the Head of a new race—the children of God. By His death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus would make it possible for us to get out of Adam’s sinful race and to become the children of God. Now let’s see how God did this.
The first step was the Incarnation. What do we mean when we speak of the Incarnation? We mean that God became a man. How marvelous are the words, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among US….” The One who created man became a Man Himself. This is truly a great mystery.
An even greater mystery is the means by which God became a human being. The first man, Adam, was created as a full-grown man, but the second Man, Jesus Christ, entered the human race as a tiny baby.
The Lord Jesus was born of a virgin. He did not have a human father. Who, then, was His father? His Father was God! Mary, His mother, was engaged to marry Joseph; but before they came together in marriage, an angel appeared to Mary and said, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
The angel also appeared to Joseph and said, “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.”
Jesus Christ is called the God-Man because He was perfect God and perfect Man. He was God because God was His Father, and He was Man because Mary was His mother. He was one with God, and He was one with the human race. He is called “the Son of God” because He is the only begotten Son of God the Father. He is called “the Son of Man” because He represents all men. The Bible says, “…great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh….”
Why did the Son of God come to this earth as a man? For two very important reasons.
1. He came to make a way for us to get out of Adam’s sinful race and into the family of God. This is what it means to be saved.
2. He came to destroy the works of the devil. First John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
Just as the first man, Adam, was tested. It was necessary that the second Man, Jesus, be tested also. Matthew 4:1 tells us that “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Why did Satan tempt Jesus? His purpose was to get Jesus to disobey God. Three times Satan tempted Jesus to act in self-will, and three times Jesus refused to do so. Satan was defeated!
The first man, Adam, was conquered by Satan because he disobeyed God. The second Man, Christ, was triumphant over Satan because He obeyed God.
The Lord Jesus faced other tests in His life and was victorious because He delighted to do His Father’s will. The Bible says in Hebrews 5:8, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.”
Because He had learned to obey His Father in all things, He was prepared for the final and greatest test — the test of the cross.
Lord willing, we will continue this lesson in our next class.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!