The Message in Romans (16)

 The wonderful exchange of life on the cross

“’And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.” John 12:32, 33, NET. The statement “draw all people to myself” does not mean that each human being was bodily in Jesus Christ on the cross. As stated in the earlier blog; entire humankind has the same spirit, one life and therefore, the same intelligence. There are many unique livings,

souls, but only one life – one spirit. The spirit, the life, of the humankind sinned in the first man – Adam, the soul, the biological nature of man, did not sin. The spirit of the humankind, in the garden of Eden, subjected the biological nature of the humankind, and therefore all future individual souls, to the consequences of sin. So, it is the spirit who sinned, not the body and soul, in the garden of Eden; therefore, the life, the spirit of the humankind had to die forever, as “the wages for sin”. This is the irreversible requirement of God’s justice; there was no way out.

Jesus, the Second Adam, at the incarnation, came with the same order of spirit that first Adam received at the creation. Jesus, at the incarnation,  had the same spirit Adam had before the fall in the garden of Eden. The spirit Jesus had through the incarnation was the spirit of the new humankind God created in Jesus Christ. Jesus, the representative of the new humankind, while being tempted in the desert, had to make an intelligent decision and choice, in the same manner, the first Adam had to make in the garden of Eden. However, Jesus conquered the temptation, and thus the new spirit, the new life of the humankind, became perfect. “For it was fitting for him, for whom and through whom all things exist, and bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering.” Hebrews 2:10, NET.

Because Jesus conquered the temptation He, in contrast to the first Adam, was granted to have life in himself. “’For just as the Father has life in himself, thus he has granted the Son to have life in himself.'” John 5:26, NET. Paul refers to the life of Jesus as the “indestructible life,” that is, the life which could not die. Hebrews 7:16, NIV. So, which life died on the cross at Golgotha? Read the next blog.

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