The second man is the Lord from heaven” – 1 Corinthians 15:45-50
The Second Man Is The Lord
1Corinthians 15:45-47 (NASB)
45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man (which God is NOT! – Numbers 23:19; Hosea 11:9) is from heaven (came from God).
Let’s not get this phrase twisted.
This passage contains several metaphors. The Lord Jesus is called the last Adam and the Second Man in this portion of writing. These two titles of Jesus compare Jesus with Adam. Yet most Christians understand that this statement is not literally true because Jesus’ name was never Adam nor was He literally the second man after Adam (Gen 4:1). However, it is a correct metaphor presentation of Christ.
First and foremost,
this passage talks about two men,
Adam and Jesus!
The First Man and The Second Man!
We call God “father” but that does not mean God is a male. If that were the case, would that mean God needed a “Female” companion to make a Son? Of course not. Father can also mean creator, which has nothing to do with sex- Both Adam and Jesus are called the Son of God (Luke 3:38, 2John 1:3) and neither titles have anything to do with God “having sex.”
We also call God our Father for the same reason: (John 20:12) Because God created man (God did not birth man, yet it was God who caused the embryo within a virgin to start developing) in God’s image (Gen 1:27).
The “Spirit” Jesus had with him, and in him, (in addition to his human spirit) was that of God his father (his creator).
(John 8:29) “And he (God) that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone;…” (It is made clear that this man Jesus was not by himself (alone), nor did he send himself, nor was he referring to himself as the Father when Jesus said “he” that sent “me”)
(John 14:10) “I speak not of myself: but the father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works”
(2 Corinthians 5:19) “To wit that God was “in” Christ; < NOT > God was “incarnated as” the Christ.
This “Sonship” experience is true for every individual who is led by God’s Spirit (Romans 8:14)
Understanding The Lord “from Heaven“
48 As is the earthy, such are they also who are earthy (sinful, ungodly); and as is the heavenly, such are those who are heavenly (Holy, godly)
49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, so will we also bear the image of the heavenly (2Peter 1:4).
50 Now I say this brothers: that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.
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