April 7, 2007 9:13am CST
I was reading in Romans last night, over the same scripture I seem to have been stuck in for weeks, when I suddenly understood with new clarity what Paul was saying about Adam and Jesus. Romans 5:12 - 18 repeat the connection between Adam and Jesus over and over - the Hebrew way of emphasizing a point. Paul did not say it in so many words, but it seemed that this is what he was pointing to: Adam was created perfect, but failed toward God Jesus was created perfect and succeeded in God (the second Adam succeeded) Adam was the first man in the flesh Jesus was the first man in the Spirit Adam brought death and sin Jesus brought life and freedom from sin Adam was the progenitor of the human population of the earth Jesus was he progenitor of the spiritual population of heaven Am I right? Wrong? Confused? Have I extrapolated more than was intended? What do you think?