As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly1Corinthians 15:48

 

The Bible tells us in the book of Genesis how God formed Adam, the first man, from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and Adam became a living soul. The Word described him as earthy because he was of the earth and possessed the natural human life: “The first man is of the earth, earthy…” (1 Corinthians 15:47). We’re however introduced to a second and last Adam in 1 Corinthians 15:45: “And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”

The first Adam was the man in the garden, but the second or last Adam is the Lord from heaven—the Lord Jesus Christ: “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven”(1 Corinthians 15:47). Reading further into the forty ninth verse of 1 Corinthians 15 (AMP), the Apostle Paul says something very striking: “And just as we have borne the image [of the man] of dust, so shall we {and so} {let us} also bear the image [of the Man] of heaven.”

Everyone on earth was born after the first Adam, meaning that we have all borne the image of the earthy. However, when a man is born again, he’s cut off from the first Adam and born after Christ. He becomes a heavenly man on earth, and he’s expected to walk in this newness of life, after the image of him that created him. Notice the Amplified rendering of 1 Corinthians 15:49, the latter part says, “…Let us also bear…,” inferring therefore that it’s our responsibility to bear the image of the heavenly.

Accept what God has said about you in His Word. If He has said you’re a new creation, accept it and be bold to say the same about yourself and act accordingly. Simply say “yes” to God’s Word today.

Confession

I have the life and nature of Christ—the Second Adam—in my spirit. I’ve put on the image of the heavenly, and my affections are set on things above, being seated with Christ in the heavenly realms, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name in this world, and in the world to come. Amen.

Further Study: Colossians 3:10; 2 Corinthians 3:18

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