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Born in the Image of Adam


Contrary to popular belief, we are not born in the image of God; we are born in the image of Adam, spiritually dead and in need of life. The only person born in the image of God was Jesus, the firstborn from the spiritually dead (Colossians 1:18).

To understand this more clearly, we need to go back to the beginning, to the Garden in the Book of Genesis. Our real problem of spiritual death is found in the the book of Genesis, while God’s solution is found through Jesus who was the mediator of the New Testament.

God created Adam from the dust and breathed life into him (Genesis 2:7). The Scriptures say that God created Adam in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 5:1-2), meaning the Spirit of God was alive in Adam.

God placed Adam in the Garden to tend it. In the middle of the Garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God gave Adam one command: “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die” (Genesis 2:16-17). Notice that God told Adam he was free to eat from any tree in the garden. Out of love, God gave Adam free will. We all know the story: Adam and Eve did exactly what God told them not to do. They were deceived by the serpent and made a bad choice. That day, the Spirit of God left Adam and Eve, and they died.

But how did they die? Physically or spiritually? They died spiritually. We know this because Adam lived on for 930 years before dying physically (Genesis 5:5). Additionally, at age 130, Adam had a son named Seth in his own image and likeness (Genesis 5:3). This means Seth was born in the spiritual likeness of his father, Adam. Both were spiritually dead and in need of life.

What does this mean for us? We are born into this world like Seth, in the image and likeness of Adam, without the Spirit of God within us, in need of life. This is contrary to what many believe, both in the world and in churches today. “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). “And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man” (1 Corinthians 15:49).

The fundamental issue is that we are more than just sinners in need of forgiveness; we are born spiritually dead and in need of life. This crucial truth is often overlooked. When was the last time you heard a sermon on this?

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