The First and Second Adam

I was just reading “A history of Christian Thought” on Iraeneus.

There is  section on how He views the 2 Adams. He, like me, believes that Jesus inherited the same human nature [1] we have, but overcame it through obedient Service to God.

He said that the new Adam, Christ, is like the old Adam, but unlike the old Adam, Christ did not fall into temptation. That got me thinking, the “temptation of eve” appears to be a type of the temptation of Christ. Where Adam gave into the tempting of the Devil, Christ did not.

That has great import for us you know, because “as it was for Christ, so it is for us”; we too do not have to give into temptation, we can reject it. We can by recognising that its more important to serve God than it is to “feel good”. We can by remembering that pleasing ourselves only helps us in the now, not in the future. We can be remembering that by choosing God over self, we are being who we are really meant to be, and we’ll be better for it.

Forum Topic here: The two Adams

[1] Heb 2 14Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

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