History Of Humanity: The First Adam and The Last Adam by Joseph Edem Bassey

 

The history of humanity has to faces, the first Adam and the last Adam.


 "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." ~ 1 Corinthians 15:22.


INTRODUCTION:

 On a personal study of creation, I learnt that every creature with a beginning, has an ending. The only difference is that the times and seasons differs in different creatures. 

 According to the book of Genesis chapter 1:1-27, God created everything in the beginning and with a beginning. Right from day one to day six, new creatures came to be; including human beings. The amazing thing is that only the One who made from the beginning, determines the ending of what He made. 

 In today's message, we will be looking briefly into the History Of Humanity: The First Adam and The Last Adam. It is worth knowing that God is the maker of all.


History Of Humanity

 It all began on the sixth day, when God consulted the council in Himself to make His kind. The main purpose was for man to oversee everything God made on Earth.


The Mandate Of Rulership

 In Genesis 1:16-18
  "16. ...God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18. And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good."

 At this point, God had appointed a section of rulership to the lights. Before now, the world on its own was without form and void, and darkness took a good hold of it. When God called forth light, He ordained light to rule over the day and the night. These were basically the Sun and Moon.

 Afterwards, the mandate of rulership relaxed until God made man. Genesis chapter 1:26-28 displays the transfer of rulership from God to man, over the creatures of God on the Earth.

 "26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 28. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."

 God did not create man for nothing, He created man for a specific purpose of representing God on Earth.
 

The First Adam

 The first product of God's kind was the first Adam. This is where the history of humanity: the first Adam kicked off.


"4. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

5. And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

6. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

7. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

8. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

9. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." (Genesis 2:4-9).


The first man was formed from the dust of the ground.



 Slow to say, swift to seek: God featured man in the garden of Eden and furnished him with every good thing for Adam's comfort and consumption. 

 The above scripture being explanatory, disclosed the need of a representative, a watchman, a workman, a ruler, a supervisor, a conductor, a constructor, a farmer and all sort of positively creative skills we can think of. Significantly, the Earth and all the creatures with it, needed a farmer to propagate and cultivate on it.

 Therefore, God made His kind and crowned him with dominion mandate! That attracted the devil towards man. 

 God began the human race with the first Adam, and Adam began manifesting God's mandate as seen in Genesis 2:19-20. He did this being principally governed as instructed in verse 17. As long as he heeded to the principle, he never had a problem with God.

 "15. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
18. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
19. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

20. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him."


While trying to make this record as brief as possible, I could sight the making of a woman in the mind of God towards Adam in verse 18 of Genesis chapter 2. In verses 21 through 23, God manifested His mind towards man.

 "21. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22. And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."


 This single act of God, aided the first Adam's completeness and the fullness of humanity with reference to Genesis 1:27. Well, this was just the beginning of the Race Of Man's Rebellion as the devil saw an opportunity in it.

Race Of Man's Rebellion

 It began on a fateful day, a day man never dreamt his runs will lead him to a fall with genetic failure.

 "1. Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

4. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." (Genesis 3:1-6).

 Remember that in Genesis 2:16,17 

"... the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."


 Now in chapter 3, the devil visited the other part of man (woman) in a form of a serpent. He used his deceitfulness to deceive man to compromise the simple instructions God gave to man. On accomplishing his deceitful plans, man took a rebellious race with his Maker (God).


LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED

 The other part of man (the woman) was deceived by the devil through the serpent, to eat of the fruit which God commanded man not to. On eating the fruit, she took it to the other part of man (Adam) and he ate of the deceit. Certainly, there was an agreement in their union against God.


Man transgressed against God by eating the forbidden fruit.


WHAT HAPPENED TO MAN?

 "And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons." (Genesis 3:7).

 Significantly, two things happened:

  1. Man's eyes were opened.
  2. Man knew good and evil.

 Remember that the fruit that was forbidden to man, was the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It was in the Race Of Man's Rebellion that the goodness and wickedness we experience in today's world came into existence.

 The act was evil intended, leading to the dethronement of man from the position God placed man.


THE DEVIL'S MISSION

 While man was made in the light, the devil came to steal, to kill and to destroy. The Devil's Mission was to lead man away from God, thereby aiding the downfall of man and the uproar of darkness. He accomplished his ambition by deceiving man to his hurt, stealing the mandate from man by making man lose it to disobedience. Then, connecting to the very death that was proclaimed unto man as a penalty for breaching God's principles. From there, the destruction of man's eternal dream, aiding eternal damnation. All these, came in the eyes of deceit and man was ignorant of it.

To this I say:

 It is better to obey God without a reason than to disobey God with many reasons.

 The many evils in the world has an origination which is not God oriented. Today, many people are involved in satanism, occultism, witchery and many other evils that are disastrous and should be detested. It is in the history of humanity: the first Adam, that this things came to be.

 The hatred in the world, the jealousy, the killings and the lies in the world to mention but a few, came to be as a result of man's rebellion against God. The consequences were totally antonymous to man's conveniences.


CONSEQUENCES OF MAN'S REBELLION

 When man sinned against God, one thing was automated: the blessing was exchanged with curses. That is why at the time God visited man, He inquired of man what he had done. Afterwards, God pronounced the consequences of man's corruption to man.

 "8. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

9. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10. And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

12. And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

13. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

14. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

15. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

16. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

17. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

18. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

19. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3:8-19).

The eyes of man got opened to the knowledge of his nakedness, and when the Light visited him, he ran to hide in darkness.
 In today's world, many people mess up daily with their lives and never care about a makeup for eternity. What they do is hide from every good opportunity they have, to return to God.

 After man messed up, we could see that the land was cursed because of his deeds. Aside the curses on the serpent and woman, the man made the fruitful land  fruitless. Suffering, sicknesses and sorrows were produced without plantation. Finally, death was pronounced over man.

 Before now, man was not in the knowledge of creation until he created a space from God through disobedience. Then God inform him of where he came from; "...till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."

God was telling man what man is in the flesh, leading to the knowledge that all we battle over in the flesh, will not better our lives. Those things only bring us down to the dust. The land we came and met, was made for man, not me. So why are we killing our brothers and sisters? Trace back to the race of man's rebellion. 

 The actions of the first Adam in the garden of Eden from the moment he ate of the forbidden fruit, aided the world's sinful nature. 


How And Why?

 Right from the moment man disobeyed God, he became a part of the devil who deceived him. From there, God drove man away from man's comfort zone to a confrontation zone. That is why in the world, we are confronted with one problem or the other, on a daily basis! In Genesis 3:20-24;


 "20. And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

21. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

22. And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

23. Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."


 The distance between God's people and God Himself, began from the race of man's rebellion.

 In the thoughts of God, He made a family for Himself; the representative of God on Earth. In a nutshell, man rebelled against God. This is seen as Family Rebellion.

 In the process, God being just was also merciful; thinking of a Family Reunion. That's why as man increased the surface of the Earth, God sent angles in human form to deliver the message of God's love and interest in man according to His first plan. Rather than considering, man continued to stray away from God in perpetual disobedience.

God's love for man was unconditional, that is why He kept on looking out for man even till date.

 In John 3:16, the scriptures says: "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 Last Adam

  "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."~Romans 5:8.

 This act of God was very significant to the saving of man from the bondage of sin in the ignorance of man.

 "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:17).


THE ORIGIN OF THE SON OF GOD

  "1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2. The same was in the beginning with God.
3. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-14).


 He came as the manifestation of the word of God in the form of man; The Last Adam.

Jesus Christ is the last Adam and the Saviour of the world.


WHAT WAS HIS ASSIGNMENT?

His assignment was to lead the whole man back to God.

 "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." (1 John 5:7).

 The Word became flesh for the purpose of performing the perfect will of God for mankind. Being born of a Virgin, the promised "God with us," Jesus Christ humbled Himself to the Father's will, and suffered death for all mankind.

 "9. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

10. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

11. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren." (Hebrews 2:9-11). 


 The suffering of Jesus Christ on Earth; His trials, crucifixion, death and resurrection were for the salvation of mankind from the nature and slavery of sin brought by the first Adam. Romans chapter 5:9-15 declared:

 "9. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

10. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

11. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

12. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

13. (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

14. 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.

15. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many."


 When God made the first Adam, He saw that it was good. When He made the last Adam, He saw that it was better. The difference is clear in their deeds.

 

DIFFERENCES OF THE FIRST ADAM AND THE LAST ADAM

 Jesus Christ is the last Adam who came to abolish the destruction brought upon mankind by the first Adam. Though both the formation of the first and last Adams were divine, that of the last Adam was superior as it came from above, expressed by the Holy Ghost in the Virgin. 

The promise of the last Adam was right after the rebellion of the first Adam. It came along with many prophecies by many prophets who knew Him not, though He existed even before the foundation of the Earth.

 Let us take a snippet at the generations of the first Adam in Genesis chapter 5:

 "1. This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

2. Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

3. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

4. And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

5. And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died."


 If you read down to verses 18 through 24, a man called Enoch was mentioned. He was a man with an honest report as one who walked with God. He made a difference that made him different.

 When we look at the second to last books of the Holy Bible, this same man was mentioned who foretold of the last Adam.

 Jude 1:14-15 says:

 "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."


 Enoch spake of our Lord's second coming as a judge, but it was necessary that He should come as the last Adam to reconcile man with God; restoring all that was lost.

 "45. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

46. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual."


 It's quite unfortunate that many people yet to understand these things, consistently reject the salvation of the Lord. Thereby, continuing in the deceit of the devil even to their own damnation. 

 "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57).


 Have you received this victory over sin and death? Or are you still under the deceit of the devil? Think of these things!


Conclusion

 Talking about the last Adam;

 "10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

 Are you born of God? If yes, congratulations! If no, why not?

 In John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."


 Question Matter:

 Would you rather live under the deceit of the devil in this wicked world or come to the knowledge of God? Why not accept the salvation that comes from the last Adam (Jesus Christ) and be delivered from the deceit that began with the first Adam. 

 "17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." (John 3:17-21).

 

 "47. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

48. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

49. And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region." (Acts 13:47-49).


Let Us Pray

Pray With Me
 Lord Jesus, I thank you for your word and love towards me. I know I am a sinner who has been deceived by the world and deserves, death. Therefore, I come to you for soul salvation and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. 

 Dear Lord, I receive the transformation by your word and spirit as I totally surrender to you in obedience to your word. Lord, purify me like gold and afterwards, use me to perfect your will in my life and the world at large in Jesus name.

Pray For Me
  I pray for your son, Joseph Edem Bassey. Bless him and keep him, make your face shine upon him and fill him with Thine excellent spirit. Use him to fulfill your perfect will in Jesus name, amen!

 If you prayed that prayer, I want to say congratulations and thank you for praying for me. God bless you.

©Joseph Edem Bassey
Joseph Edem Bassey

I am Joseph Edem Bassey, an author of positive life changing and informing books; a writer, singer and minister of the Gospel. Living to inspire my world with my God given vision: the vision of Positive Change and Acknowledgment (PCA). Writing to change my world, positively, while I sing to lift souls to the glory of God.

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