To appreciate God for what he wrought in Jesus and to understand how he raised him into becoming the first speaker and citizen of the world to come, we would have to understand among other things, the person of the first man – Adam, who uniquely typified the last Adam – Christ Jesus. (Pls see Heb. 2:3/5, 1Cor 15:45)
Adam was described as the Son of God because of his prophetic stature in faith life (Lk 3:38, 1Cor 15:45). The next person that came after Adam in terms of such stature was John the Baptist; a man who according to Jesus, was greater than all men born of women (Matt. 11:11). Adam and John both had great awareness and exploits; they knew God as Elohim or Yahweh but not as the everlasting father (Pls see Jn. 1:18/14:6, Matt. 11:26-27).
While the state of our regenerated human spirit today is superior to theirs, the stature (exposure) of their souls is higher than that of any believer that hasn’t known the truth or gained mastery of the Faith of the New Testament. Heb. 11:16, Heb. 12:7-8 and 2Cor. 6:16 all prove that the soul of every believer needs to be fathered (chastened) before God can claim such a one as a son – as His. So in Mal. 3:17-18 and Jam. 1:18b, reference to “they shall be mine” and “we should be” in these verses are future tenses, meaning it doesn’t take place because we are born again. We have to learn/inherit truth for it to take place
- Matt. 11:11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he
- e. we need to experience the child-like conversion stated in Matt. 18:3, that Peter lacked when Jesus counselled him in Lk.22:32
- Jn 1:18 No man hath seen God (i.e. known him as father) at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
- Matt. 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
While Adam was a type of Christ, John was a type of Adam! His clothing (animal skin – typifying God’s enduring provision of righteousness) was like that of Adam (Gen. 3:21/Matt. 3:4/Ps. 111:3). John was raised in the wilderness and received a kind of honor and glory that enabled him to discern Jesus “in the flesh”. But Adam, like angels, was raised “overnight” with the stature that enabled him to discern God as Elohim, but like many today who haven’t received God’s chastisement, he didn’t know him as Father (1Cor. 15:45, Heb. 12:6-9, Gen. 2:17, Jn. 1:18/14:6, Isa. 9:6). Adam despised the demands of the cross and couldn’t partake of the anointed life that was warehoused in the tree of life and it was that same technology of the cross that fashioned Jesus of Nazareth into Jesus the Christ (Gen. 2:16, Jn. 6:54, 1Jn. 1:1-3, Gal. 6:14)
The Faith of the Son of God therefore remains a crucial provision of the New Testament that chastens the sinful nature in us and judges every common ground we share with this world (1Jn. 2:15). The Love of God is the final provision that would quicken us to overcome the wicked one and make us become invincible to him. (1Jn. 2:13-14/5:18)
- 1Jn. 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the father is not in him.
- 1Jn. 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
- Gal. 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (i.e. the cross was the demand in the tree of life that Adam knowingly despised – Gen. 3:11, 1Tim. 2:14)
As we tarry with the epistles (Pauline light), we would fetch adequate eyes (spiritual understanding) that would cause us to experience the first birth (walk) of Christ Faith (1Jn. 5:1, Eph. 3:17a, Rom. 16:25-26). Then would we profess via our lifestyle that Jesus is the Son of God (2Tim 1:12, 1Jn. 5:1-2).
As we journey to the end of faith (1Pet. 1:19), heaven would abundantly administer entrance into the fullness of God’s life (2Pet. 1:11, Rom. 5:17). We would then become fellows of a greater light – God’s Love; which was communicated through Apostle John to the body of Christ (2Cor. 12:2-4, 1Jn. 1:2-3/Rev. 1:1-3). The light of God’s love was what enabled Apostle John write to fathers of faith in the body (1Jn. 2:13-14) and instruct them on how to become fellows of the beginning (Jn. 1:1, 1Jn. 1:1).
May we find grace to journey until we Know Christ As The Quickening Spirit and attain a greater stature to that of Adam and John the Baptist, Amen.