and Christ Ė Contrast and Compare
ever taken a final examination and seen this dreaded
phrase? Contrast and compare. Itís an adage familiar to
most high school and college students. Of course the
two items under consideration had some mysterious link
existing only in the mind of the professor, and the
three words were always followed by details of the
and compare the civilization of the Incas, their way of
life and method of exchange against the struggling
supply and demand economy under twentieth century
President Carterís administration.
scriptures teach us to rightly divide the word of truth;
the more one mines the golden fields, the bigger the
nuggets of truth he discovers. We know Adam and Christ
have a connection. With the hindsight of types and
shadows, the advantage of the New Testament and history,
we can even see the New Testament church in the Old
should look for signs of the church in the Old Testament
writings. And we should strive to find Christ wherever
in scripture we read. What can be gleaned by looking at
Adam to cause us to see Jesus in a more majestic light?
Adamís only mentioned thirty times in the scriptures,
yet his impact on each of us is refreshed daily by our
Adam created the problem, the Creator provided the
15:22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
shall all be made alive.
15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was
made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a
quickening spirit. :46 Howbeit that [was] not first
which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and
afterward that which is spiritual :47 The first man
[is] of the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord
Christ and Adam were brought into this earth without a
set of natural parents. Christ having not an earthly
father, and born of a virgin, while Adam, formed out of
the dust of the earth, had neither mother nor father,
but only a Creator.
problem Adam created was in a garden where man had never
been; Christ provided the solution to Adamís
transgression in another garden.
was created outside the garden and placed into one. Gen
2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in
Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Christ died outside a garden and was placed within one.
John 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and
wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner
of the Jews is to bury. :41 Now in the place where he
was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a
new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
Both had Open Sides
Adamís side was opened to provide him a bride, a
helpmeet, a partner, a friend.
Gen 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall
upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs,
and closed up the flesh instead thereof; :22 And the
rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a
woman, and brought her unto the man. Adamís side
was opened for a bride, in order to secure him a wife.
Christís side was opened for the bride Ė because of the
bride; to provide her all the things He had promised, to
secure her, to purify and sanctify her.
19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced
his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ
also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he
might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water
by the word,
he might present it to himself a glorious church, not
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it
should be holy and without blemish.
Bled, One Shed
While it can be said that both bled for their bride,
only one shed His blood. Only one poured out His blood
Died for their Bride
gave his life for his bride. Adam knew full well the
single instruction he had been given by God. He knew
the consequences were perilous indeed. He heard the
instruction directly from the mouth of the Lord and no
doubt considered again the severity of disobedience when
he relayed these instructions to Eve. We know the
Lordís order to Adam was clear and perfect in the
explanation. No room for equivocation. There was no
possibility of misunderstanding or miscommunication.
men are recorded in the old scriptures that were given
the great privilege of speaking with the Creator, or
hearing his audible voice. How perfect is every word
from the lips of He who created language; how void of
uncertainty, how crystal clear each note, how sweet the
sound upon the ears of His children. Fully rich in
power, as in the new birth, when the still small voice
is heard, there is no doubt the birth has taken place!
There is no opportunity for failure or incompleteness! To
surrender the daily opportunity to hear the Masterís
voice had to burden Adam in his decision. Tradition
leads us to believe Adamís decision was a split second
one. Common sense would teach us he probably pondered
the consequences for some time.
Eve presented Adam with the fruit of which she had
partaken, the edict of the Lord and seriousness of the
matter, all that Adam stood to lose, indeed the life and
death position of the choice must have raced through his
mind, yet ultimately, he made a conscious decision to
choose his wife Ė and death Ė over the commandment of
God. In that respect, Adam gave his life for his
bride. Did Adam love Eve so much he was willing to die
for her? Letís read Adamís own words: Gen 2:23
Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of
my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was
taken out of Man. 2:24 Therefore shall a man
leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto
his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
didnít leave father and mother, but he did leave his
Creator. Today when we take a bride we promise Ďtil
death do we part.Ē Adam did the opposite; he joined
2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being
deceived was in the transgression. When Adam joins
with Eve, it is his disobedience that earns us all the
sentence of death.
5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also
loved the church, and gave himself for it; Ö5:28 So ought men to love
their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife
loveth himself. Col 3:19 Husbands, love [your]
wives, and be not bitter against them.
you do stack up in comparison to Adam, husbands? And
did you ever notice the scriptures never tell the wife
to love her husband? If she does love you, itís not by
commandment of the scriptures. Gen 3:16 Unto the
woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and
thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth
children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and
he shall rule over thee.
named his wife Eve after the fall. Gen 3:20 And Adam
called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother
of all living. Before she had been called Woman or
Adam. We have a name change coming as well, not
resulting from the fall, but from salvation: Rev 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith
unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to
eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white
stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man
knoweth saving he that receiveth [it].
3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the
temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I
will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of
the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which
cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write
upon him] my new name.
ever anyone love their bride so much they would leave
their favored position with God to die for her? Indeed,
once more. As Adamís choice to cleave unto his wife
brought us all into sin and death, Christ agreed to
leave his heavenly abode to rescue His bride, bringing
her life. And for a brief moment in time, Christ was
separated from his Fatherís presence for his bride, the
Adamís offense plunged us all into sin, a condition we
call total depravity. Every human born from and since
Adam are born in sin, prone to sin and subject to sin,
throughout their entire life, carrying about them as
long as they live the very nature of sin. Not even the
new birth spares us from sin in the physical body. Our
old Adamic nature is not repaired at the new birth;
rather, a second nature, a perfect nature, a spiritual
nature is imparted to us.
be in heaven thanks to Christ. Will Adam?
Because of the gravity of original sin and its universal
impact, Adam becomes the subject of controversy among
those prone to handicap the fate of biblical
personalities. Much like Judas, they wonder if Adam
will be in eternal heaven. After all, wouldnít you like
to ask him what he was thinking? Can we ascertain
Adamís situation? If we can, it can only be by the
strong either/or test of election. We know choice
before the foundation of the world is not based on
anything a child of God does or might do during their
fleshy existence. Rom 9:11 (For [the children] being
not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that
the purpose of God according to election might stand,
not of works, but of him that calleth;) So the
weight and horrible consequences of Adamís sin
notwithstanding, we must filter our conclusions through
this criteria: Adam was either elect, or he was not.
Though we are taught not to judge the eternal status of
an individual, we can be fruit inspectors and look to
scripture to see if one position or the other is
and Eve felt a sense of shame after their sin. Is that
a common condition for a child of God? Can we all raise
our hand as that being our case? And do we not rejoice
over one whose condition is such that they feel a sense
of shame, of condemnation; are we not joyous when a
sinner seeks remorse?
and Eve received chastisement and punishment for their
sin. We believe God punishes, and corrects his
children. But such censure is not for the non-elect.
and Eve had (ceremonial, sacrificial) animal blood spilt
on their behalf to clothe them with coats of skin.
Although the scripture doesnít tell us in Genesis, what
we read elsewhere about sacrifice would indicate a lamb,
pointing us to Christ.
Lord continued to instruct Adam, who in turn taught his
sons, Cain and Abel and Seth to honor the Lord.. Luke
3:39 Which was [the son] of Enos, which was [the son]
of Seth, which was [the son] of Adam, which was [the
son] of God.
23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood
shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel
unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye
slew between the temple and the altar. (The guilt
runs from ďAĒ to ďZĒ).
stain of the sin of Adam runs completely through time.
Thankfully the shed blood of our Lord and Savior ran
both directions from the cross of Calvary.
3:16 That the waters which came down from above stood
[and] rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam,
that [is] beside Zaretan: and those that came down
toward the sea of the plain, [even] the salt sea,
failed, [and] were cut off: and the people passed over
right against Jericho. (Adam to Zaretan Ė again, A
14:8 And it shall be in that day, [that] living
waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward
the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea:
in summer and in winter shall it be.
Immediately in Adamís progeny we begin to see the dual
and dueling natures of the child of God. Every one of
us before the new birth is prone to and subject to the
very worse in human nature, capable of even Cainís
actions. After the new birth, our spiritual nature, our
eternal life makes us capable of the type of offering
Abel made. As pointed out above, the new nature doesnít
replace the old, but it does begin to subdue it, contain
it, and restrain it, while imparting unto us knowledge,
wisdom, prayer, praise and worship, plus a sincere
desire to fulfill the will of God and to strive towards
was taken from Adam when the fall occurred. His life of
fellowship, and daily companionship with God died. We
cannot say he died spiritually, for the scriptures donít
support such. Adam was not a spiritual creature. While
he was made without sin, we note of all of Godís
creation, man was not among that which the Lord declared
as ďgood.Ē How perfectly crafted and preserved is the
Word of God! You cannot find the word ďAdamĒ and ďgoodĒ
in the same verse of scripture. Gen 1:25 And God made
the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after
their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth
after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.
know also that Adam had not partaken of the tree of
life. One who has been carried by the Holy Spirit
through that tree has eternal life, spiritual life. Had
Adam been a spiritual creature, the tree of life would
not have needed protection. Before he fell, he was free
to partake of the tree which would have granted him
eternal life. Now, we being dead in trespasses and in
sins, are carried through that tree in the new birth Ė
we have no life or strength in us to approach that tree
on our own.
3:22-24 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is
become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now,
lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of
life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD
God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the
ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the
man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden
Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way,
to keep the way of the tree of life.
after spiritual life comes, we begin to see another tree
before us Ė the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Evil we know continually, from our nature, from our
practice; when life comes in the new birth, we
understand evil, and begin to separate from it and
understand good. It is our partaking of that same tree
of the knowledge of good and evil in this lifetime that
prolongs our lives; in contrast to how it shortened and
ended the lives of Adam and Eve.
Besides losing paradise, Adam gained death. He died a
physical death at 930 years. ďBut of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:
for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt
surely die. And 2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not
ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the
Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one
the eyes of the Lord, Adamís physical death also took
place in the same day that he broke Godís solitary law.
Bro. Royce Ellis