“What’s in a Name?”

I’m calling this weekly blog Adam 1.5 which draws its meaning from Romans 5:12-21 and draws its explanation from Romans 7:14-25. Using these passages, I want to explain what’s “in” this blog’s name, and by doing so, I hope clearly to share the aim of this blog.

Since my name is Adam, the end of Romans 5 always catches my attention. Paul is writing to the Christians in the Roman church, and he is explaining the difference between the first Adam (the one in the garden in Genesis) and the second Adam (the one who is born in a manager in the gospel accounts of the New Testament). Through the first Adam, sin entered the world (Rom. 5:12), and its effects spread to all mankind (5:12) essentially giving all humanity a sin nature and a predisposition toward sin and its consequences from our earthly birth until, by God’s grace, our spiritual rebirth. In other words, God through Paul says that because Adam represented the entire human race in the garden, his actions completely and massively and negatively affected all humanity.

Left in the first Adam alone, we have no hope, and our certain end is hell. Enter Jesus. The second Adam, Jesus, lived in the flesh, lived perfectly, died horrifically, and was resurrected miraculously to bring us the free gift of righteousness (Rom. 5:17). When we are in the first Adam, we are condemned by our sin. When, by faith, we are in the second Adam (we call this salvation or justification), we are given Jesus’ perfect record, and God no longer sees our affiliation with Adam 1.0. In Christ, God loves us just as He loves Adam 2.0.

So, what’s the problem?

Most days I feel a lot more like Adam 1.0 than I do Adam 2.0. And, the apostle Paul agrees with me (or maybe I agree with the apostle). Paul writes in Romans 7:14-25 of an intense struggle taking place in his soul. He laments, “…I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Adam 1.0 is waging war against Adam 2.0. That’s happening right now in my soul and yours. “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing,” continues the lamenting apostle.

I want to do good – that’s Adam 2.0 at work in me.

I do the very thing I hate – that’s Adam 1.0 at work in me.

And so goes the struggle of the Christian until the day our salvation is completed – when we see Jesus face-to-face. For now, I’m Adam 1.5 – somewhere in the middle of sinner and saint.

My aim is that other 1.5ers will somehow be encouraged through this blog, and I pray the content here will embrace the reality of Adam 1.0 while pushing us more toward Adam 2.0.

The struggle is real. “Wretched man that I am. Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24)

But, there’s also real power to overcome! “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25a)

 

Written by : Adam Comeens

 
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