Church theology has it that Adam is greater than Jesus. That is, it declares that all human beings suffer the judgment of death because of Adam’s sin, yet the sacrifice of Christ only qualifies a portion of them for resurrection to life. The apostle Paul, however, had a different idea and he expressed it with the utmost simplicity and clarity in 1 Corinthians 15:22. He said that Christ’s redemption would extend as far as had Adam’s judgment.
Technically speaking, Paul did not say in this verse that Jesus was greater than Adam. But did he have to? Did he have reason to believe that any of his readers would need instruction on this point?
Neither should any of us today need to be reminded that Jesus is greater than Adam. But if you can’t bring yourself to believe that Jesus is greater than Adam, at least believe that He is as great as Adam – that is, that He can bring as much redemption as Adam could bring death.