The Fall and Rise of Man

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being” ; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. – 1 Corinthians 15:42-49

How amazing is the God that we serve! Adam sinned and so we have inherited sin through him as the Word reveals: “God’s covenant being made with Adam, not only for himself, but for his posterity, all mankind descending from him, by ordinary generation, sinned in him, and fell with him in his first transgression. Not only is the guilt of Adam’s sin imputed to us, but the depravity and corruption of his nature is transmitted to us, as poison is carried from the fountain to the cistern.”
‘By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin’ – Rom 5:12. 

It was through Adam that mankind has fallen and yet it is through  faith in Christ that many will rise up again into eternal life through Salvation which comes ONLY by the shedding of His blood on the Cross. Through Adam we fell and are consigned to death which is the full payment for the penalty of our sins. Through Jesus Christ we rise again and are consigned to eternal life with God; His death on the cross is full payment for the penalty of our sins as we receive it by faith. “Death will strip us of the clothing of flesh, and all the comforts of life, as well as end all our troubles here below. But believing souls will be clothed with garments of praise, with robes of righteousness and glory.” (see 2 Cor.5:8) “The first man Adam became a living being” ; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. Therefore in Christ we have risen from the fall!

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary:
The design of what follows is plain. It is to exalt our views respecting the blessings Christ has procured for us, by comparing them with the evil which followed upon the fall of our first father; and by showing that these blessings not only extend to the removal of these evils, but far beyond. Adam sinning, his nature became guilty and corrupted, and so came to his children. Thus in him all have sinned. And death is by sin; for death is the wages of sin. Then entered all that misery which is the due desert of sin; temporal, spiritual, eternal death. If Adam had not sinned, he had not died; but a sentence of death was passed, as upon a criminal; it passed through all men, as an infectious disease that none escape. In proof of our union with Adam, and our part in his first transgression, observe, that sin prevailed in the world, for many ages before the giving of the law by Moses. And death reigned in that long time, not only over adults who wilfully sinned, but also over multitudes of infants, which shows that they had fallen in Adam under condemnation, and that the sin of Adam extended to all his posterity. He was a figure or type of Him that was to come as Surety of a new covenant, for all who are related to Him.

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