Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Law: the second Adam

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
    So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven.
    —1 Corinthians 15:45-47 (NIV)
    The Christ of God was not then first crucified when the Jews brought Him to the Cross; but Adam and Eve were His first real murderers; for the death which happened to them, in the day that they did eat of the earthly tree was the death of the Christ of God, or the divine life in their souls. For Christ had never come into the world as a second Adam to redeem it, had He not been originally the life and perfection and glory of the first Adam.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), The Spirit of Love [1752-4], in Works of Rev. William Law, v. VIII, London: G. Moreton, 1893, p. 7 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 15:45-47; Gen. 2:7; Isa. 53:9-10; Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 15:22; 1 John 5:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the model for all mankind.
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