Even though Nicodemus was a respected Jewish rabbi, and even though he recognized that Jesus was sent from God, he was slow to see that the kingdom of God would not be an earthly kingdom like David’s or Solomon’s. Rather, the kingdom of God would stem from heaven. For this reason, humanity would need a heavenly progenitor just as it had an earthly progenitor. Whether you translate Jesus’ words as “born again” or “born from above” (John 3:3) the meaning is consistent: just as earthly life had flowed from Adam so heavenly life would flow from Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:45-47).
In Peter’s first letter, he made reference to this new birth stemming from a heavenly location. He made explicit in 1 Peter 1:3 what had been implicit in Jesus’ words to Nicodemus (John 3:1-21): that it was the resurrected Jesus who was giving the life of the kingdom of God. In 1 Peter 3:21 Peter emphasized that this new life was about a clean conscience before God: that is, it’s about stopping our sinning and living righteously.
By his sin, the first Adam set his descendants on a downward course. By His righteousness, the Second Adam (or you could say “the Last Adam”) set His descendants on an upward course (Philippians 3:14).
The Heavenly Adam is the Lamb of God who removes our sin (John 1:29) and the serpent of Moses who removes the poison of sin (John 3:14). He Himself is the living and enduring Word of God which Peter preached (1 Peter 1:22-25; see also John 1:1, 14; Luke 1:1-2; Revelation 19:13).
Do you now see this Adam from heaven? Is He real to you, or is He just a theological concept? Treat Him as real and present. Trust Him now and always. If you believe in the corrupting influence of your earthly origins, believe even more in the redemptive influence of your heavenly origins. Do not postpone the living of eternal life until you die; live it today…looking constantly unto Him who loves us righteously.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms for those familiar with the Bible.