In the beginning, God created Adam in his own image and gave him authority over all the earth (Genesis 1:26-28). Scripture never reveals that God gave this authority to anyone other than Adam and then later to Jesus. If I conjure up myths of spirit beings before Adam having this authority, I must admit two things. First, I must admit that the story is all my own. I would be adding my words to the word of God, as though these words had the same authority as Scripture, and take the consequences (Revelation 22:18-19; cp. 1Corinthians 4:6). Secondly, I would have to say that God’s word is not true. He does not indiscriminately take away what he gives to one and give it to another (viz. taking authority from Satan then giving it to Adam and then taking it from Adam again to give it back to Satan).
The gifts (including the gift of authority) and calling of God are without repentance (Romans 11:28-29)? God doesn’t change his mind as though he has a better idea like man changes his. Psalm 15:1-4 says (paraphrased), “who shall dwell with the Lord? The man who walks with integrity and swears to his own hurt but doesn’t take back his word but takes the consequences.” If God looks to this man, can we expect less of Jesus? Can’t we see that this is the reason Jesus had to die, if Adam’s race was to be saved? God promised a Savior to rebellious humanity who had rejected God.
God gave Adam authority over all the earth and the things he created. When Adam rebelled, he corrupted himself and his race. All humanity has been generated by Adam’s corrupted life. God gave his word to Adam when he made him the prince of this world. God could not act out of character and go back on his word (Hebrews 6:18) and remove Adam from his position of authority. In order to save Adam’s race and in the process destroy his evil work (cp. 1John 3:8, 10), God had to become man and though greater in authority submit to the very authority he had given to man, and allow his life to be taken. It is not that Adam, as God’s Satan (see “The Devil, Called Satan, Unveiled“), took Jesus’ life, but rather Jesus gave it up (John 10:17-18). Until this time, Adam (the devil) had the power of death (Hebrews 2:14; cp. Romans 5:12). All die and have no power to be released from the chain of death. Christ, however, rose from the dead, becoming the WAY out (John 14:6).
Christ is not just a Way out of the grave but a Way out of Adam’s race, because God is creating all things new. All who are in Christ are a new creation (Revelation 21:1, 5; 2Corinthians 5:17). When I come to Christ, I am shedding my old man (Adam) and putting on the new man (Christ). If I am in Adam, I am abiding in death, because Adam and all that is in him are dust and will return to dust (Genesis 3:19). However, if I am abiding in Christ, my new Adam, I am abiding in eternal life (1Corinthians 15:21-22, 45). Christ has become the Firstborn of every creature (Colossians 1:15; cp. Genesis 1:26-28). This is salvation, exchanging death for life. I am admitting my old man (Adam and all I am in him) is corrupt, unclean and worthy of death, and I am reaching out to Christ, my New Man, my Savior, my Life (John 14:6)!
The word of God says in Romans 5:12 that sin entered into the world through one man (Adam). Adam is the responsible party here. There is no mention of another being. What was the curse of the serpent? Was it not that he would eat dust all the days of his life (Genesis 3:14)? What do we eat today? Is there anything that we eat that does not take its nutrition from the soil? Man and all beasts come from the soil (Genesis 3:19). We all eat the dust of our garden, which is nutritionally packed into our vegetables and fruit, and the animals we eat are made of dust. The only exception to this came in the wilderness, when manna was given to God’s people, and they came to loathe it (cp. Exodus 16:11-15 with Numbers 21:5). Man ate the bread of heaven (Psalm 78:24-25) and loathed it, proving he was a child of Adam. Today, we partake of Christ our spiritual food (cp. John 6:47-58). Still, so many loathe this Bread! Man has come to love his curse (John 3:19).
There exists in this world, today, two entities. The first is the Body of Christ (1Corinthians 12:12-27), of which Christ is the head (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:15). The second is the Body of Sin (Romans 6:6) of which our old man (Adam) is the head (Romans 6:6; cp. 7:1-4). Adam was our husband and while we were in him, we drew our life from him; we had to fulfill his desires (cp. John 8:44). If we are not abiding in Christ, we abide in the flesh, or in our old man (Adam – the Body of Sin, Romans 6:6; 8:8-9), and our inheritance will be that of Adam: this body of death (Romans 7:24).
All that God has said has come to pass. We eat the dust, live in the dust and build up the dust into empires. If we take a really good and honest look at all we are aside from Christ, and all we’ve accomplished without him, we are nothing more than men of clay building castles in the sand. Dust we are and unto dust we shall return… without our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The word of God says that Adam is the figure of him (Christ) who was to come (Romans 5:14). Adam was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), and Jesus is the express image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3). While it is true that many people in the Old Testament prefigured Christ, Adam was his figure in a very special and unique manner. Adam is the father of the human race. No one born of woman can claim life as a human being from any other source. Adam is the spring from which we all have come. Likewise, in Christ we are a new creation (2Corinthians 5:16-17: cp. Galatians 6:14-15). As we draw our human life from the first Adam, we draw our life in the spirit through our last Adam (1Corinthians 15:45). If we are not born again (John 3:3-6), we do not have the life of Christ (1John 5:11-12), because Christ is our Life, the Life of the new creation (John 14:6; Colossians 3:3-4).
After his death, resurrection and glorification, Jesus was given authority over all things in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18). The name or authority of Jesus is greater than that of all others, and every authority must be brought into submission to him and confess Jesus as Lord (Philippians 2:9-11). Jesus is the Light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5). Light exposes what is hidden and reveals the detail of the shadows. In Christ all things are understood in its proper way (1Corinthians 4:5; Ephesians 5:8, 13), and as the true Light, he is God (1John 1:5)! On the other hand, the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4) kept men in darkness, so that they could not see or understand the light of the Gospel. In his darkness Satan transformed himself as a messenger of light (2Corinthians 11:14) having his own wisdom (1Corinthians 2:4-5; cp. James 3:14-16), which, if received by man, hides Christ (1Corinthians 1:18-21). As the god of this world’s system (see “Is Satan an Archangel or Even an Angel?”), Satan must be understood as a man who has princely powers (Psalm 82; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Ephesians 2:2), which also prefigures Christ (Acts 5:31; Revelation 1:5).
Adam’s work was powerful enough to affect the lives of all mankind. Every last man, woman and child has become what Adam was, a sinner (Romans 5:12, 17-19). However, Jesus’ work of righteousness, is much more powerful than Adam’s work of rebellion (Romans 5:15-16). Just as Aaron’s rod swallowed up the rods of Pharaoh’s magicians (Exodus 7:10-12), so too, the righteousness of Christ swallows up the unrighteousness of Adam (Romans 5:17-19). This is clearly seen in that death, itself, which came into the world with Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12, 14), shall be destroyed by Christ, i.e. it will exist no longer (1Corinthians 15:22-26). I don’t care how one wants to define death. To one, it simply means living an eternal existence without God, but to another it means “blackness of darkness,” where no thoughts exist, still others believe that it is an eternal dying in an eternal fire. The point of these Scriptures is that death, however we imagine it, will be destroyed. If a single man, woman or child remains dead, death still exists and reigns over that person, and shouts of a life over which God found it impossible to reign. The Scripture says that death will end, and will itself be destroyed (cp. 1John 3:8; James 1:14-15; with 1Corinthians 15:26, 55). Praise God! Bless his Name forever!