” Now those who are made of the dust, are likely him who was first made of the dust (earthly minded); and as is (the Man) from heaven so also (are those) who are of heaven (heavenly minded).” ( 1 Corin. 15:48)
“And just as we have borne the image (of the man of dust, so shall we and so let us also bear the image (of the Man) of heaven.” (1 Corin. 15:49)
Over the years I would tend to say ‘we are all cut from the same cloth, Adam’. In a recent conversation with a friend, we were talking of the sin nature of man when suddenly I felt the Lord emphatically saying NO! We are no longer under the old Adamic nature, but those who have received Jesus as Savior are now under the new Adam. Those old things have passed away, all things have become new.
“And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind (having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude).”(Ephes. 4:23)
“And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image (Godlike) in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephes. 4:24)
The more we think or talk about the ‘old nature’, Adam, the more our thinking will stay directed toward the flesh nature. Consequently our behavior remains the same and we continue with the blame game.
When we fully realize that God is our Father, no longer Adam, our behavior, attitudes, and ways of thinking will be different. We will be seeing things from a different perspective. We will be seeing ourselves from a different perspective.
“Thus it is written; “The first man Adam became a living being; then the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit (restoring the dead to life).”” (1Corin. 15:45)
When I keep in mind that the old nature has died and my focus is now on Who is living in and through me, it changes everything. This gives me a different perspective on my identity and Who I am wanting to please. Our DNA has been changed and we have a new bloodline.
“And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life (in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature).—“ (Col. 2:10)
“Therefore if any person is (ingrafted) in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old (previous moral and spiritual condition) has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come).” (2Corin. 5:17)
Let’s remember, we are no longer ‘cut from Adam’s cloth. Just say NO! We are now under the second Adam. We are now new creatures in Christ.
Scriptures for further study:
“For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the (Holy) Spirit.” (Rom. 8:5)
“And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.” (Col. 3:2)
“For (as far as this world is concerned) you have died, and your (new, real life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3)
“As you have, therefore received Christ, (even) Jesus the Lord (so) walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.” (Col. 2:6)
“Have the roots (of your being firmly and deeply planted (in Him, fixed and founded in Him) being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more conformed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.” (Col. 2:7)
“And all of us, as with unveiled face, continue to behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another (for this comes) from the Lord (Who is) the Spirit.” (2 Corin. 3:18)
©Bobbie Closs 2013
All Scriptures were taken from the Amplified version of the Bible
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