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Faithful Family Legacies: 4 ‘The Rechabites Honouring your Inheritance’

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Faithful Family Legacies: Pt 5 ‘Adam and Christ ‘as by one man”

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Part 5 – Adam and Christ: “As by One Man”

The physical identification between Adam the first man, and Christ is well explained from the Scripture. In bearing or nature, Jesus Christ could effectively break its hold, and so redeem us from the sentence of death, offering us hope of eternal life.

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Faithful Family Legacies: Pt 3 ‘Phinehas’ Zealous for his God.

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Faithful Family Legacies: Pt 2 ‘Joseph we are true men’

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Part 2 – Joseph: We are True Men

Joseph is portrayed in the record as the saviour of his brethren, the model of the future Saviour. Joseph’s relationship with his brothers reveals how the Jewish rulers viewed Christ and refused to accept him. The lesson for all is to commit our lives to God, to be true in all that we think and do, as it will affect how we deal with others.
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Hello this is Matt Davies joining you. Ezekiel 38 is a fascinating prophecy because it outlines to us the state of the nations in “the latter days”. This phrase is very interesting to consider. When we come across phrases in the Bible which repeat it is because God, through His inspiration of His prophets, is revealing something for us to consider.

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Faithful Family Legacies:Pt 1 ‘Abraham seeing Christ’s Day’

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Part 1 – Abraham seeing Christ’s Day

In his life of faith, Abraham came to see the purpose of God would involve the death of a Son, that God himself would enter into this traumatic experience. We come to understand that Abraham could only endure this because of his absolute conviction that God would raise the dead.

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Creation not evolution: How can we defend miracles in a scientific age?

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This series of short articles produced by Bro James McCann of the Riverwood ecclesia(au) is a wonderful resource and provide well-reasoned arguments in support of a creation over theistic evolution (Evolutionary creationism).

How can we defend miracles in a scientific age?

It is challenging to define exactly what a miracle is today because of the variety of ways it is used even in our everyday language. When I was a teenager (a few months ago!) my mother would use it all the time. For example; “It will be a miracle if you cleaned your room”. From this description I came to understand that miracles are very rare occurrences, and required an external force acting upon the natural processes (within my room), or above them, to accomplish such a special result.

MIRACLES IN THE PAST

The Bible speaks of and describes many miracles. It is evident that people for centuries believed in and witnessed miracles. There are many historical proofs of the genuineness of miracles:

  • “He did both stir up the incredulous by the miracles which he was in the habit of working, to give glory to the Father”[1]
  • “Whatsoever things he had heard from them respecting the Lord, both with regard to His miracles and His teaching, Polycarp having thus received from the eye-witnesses of the Word of life, would recount them all in harmony with the Scriptures”[2]

In both the Old and New Testaments, a “miracle” was a wonderful event, a sign or a token from God. It was a distinguished mark or action that was clearly outside of the realm of any man to do, control or predict. So it became evident that God was at work.

“The Old Testament records a number of miracles, in which God’s creative power becomes evident in shaping events. These miraculous events are not presented as ordinary happenings in the lives of these people. They represent the special activity of God. The Bible depicts God being in control of all history.”[3]

A miracle in the Bible does not necessarily mean that natural laws are abandoned or broken, as God actually sustains all creation (Psa 147v8-18). God can work through natural phenomena as well as by acting outside and above natural laws. The key is that it is God’s activity not man’s, God is the cause. There is an amazing array of miracles performed which demonstrate that “For God nothing is impossible”. These include:

Creation (Gen 1-2)

 

 

 

 

Dreams of Joseph (Gen 37) and subsequent fulfilment (Gen 42, 48)

Parting of the Red Sea (Exo 17)

 

 

Virgin birth of Jesus (Isa 7)

Raising the dead

 

 

 

The list is huge! The Bible records over 330 miracles, or which Jesus himself did over 35 of these.

ARE MIRACLES IN THE BIBLE REAL?

Yet are we to take seriously that these miracles actually occurred? Maybe they were just stories that we only need take a moral lesson from, but we don’t have to take literally?

This is obviously not the case:

“Miracle stories are also prominent in the Gospels. As literary devices, they demand to be taken at face value. The authors fully intended the reader to understand that Jesus performed miracles. To read otherwise is to ignore the author’s intent, and is not responsible literary criticism.”[4]

However people today are either sceptical or claim that miracles are “fictional” or “children’s stories” because they cannot be substantiated in the real, scientific world. So how can a person defend miracles in a scientific age?

The answer is found in the question. A miracle is a Divine action, it is supernatural. God can work above and outside or even through natural phenomena, but it is His activity and control that is the first cause. Science today is a methodology of investigating the natural world by natural causes. So there is no contradiction or issue to defend. Science by definition is not able, by its own limitations, to investigate, test or explain anything other than natural causes. This means miracles are outside of science’s area of expertise to confirm or deny.

MIRACLES AND SCIENCE

Science would never be able to test or know if a cyclone bearing down on a village, which suddenly diverted itself away, was caused by God or it would have done that regardless. It is also true that what Science can do today, say in Medicine, would be seen a “miraculous” to ages past. But this still does not change the fact that God’s power could do this in a moment, without such technology.

Miracles don’t need to be explained scientifically. An example often debated is where the “sun stood still” for Israel in Joshua 10. It is often said that if God stopped the earth from rotating, it would have catastrophic global ramifications. Such an argument is ludicrous for two reasons. Firstly it binds God to the very laws He created. Secondly it admits that God has the power to make the earth stop spinning, but not the power to do the entire miracle properly. The fact is it is a miracle! God has the power to control “6.6 sextrillion tons of spinning gravel and water to give Israel victory over her enemies”[5]!

The irony of living in man’s most “enlightened” time is that people are more closed minded to anything outside their immediate sight or reason. Some may argue that this is because people of ages past were more gullible, and ignorant of events that can be now clearly attributed to natural causes. There is an element of truth in this, but unfortunately it also indicates how blind we can be to the simple fact that nature itself with all its causes and systems are themselves miraculous!

C.S. Lewis stated:

“Men became scientific because they expected Law in Nature, and they expected Law in Nature because they believed in a Legislator. In most modern scientists this belief has died.” [6]

MISUSE OF MIRACLES

It is somewhat understandable why this belief for some scientists has been lost. There are many people and many religions who claim miracles all too often as a proof that God speaks by them. This has made many very sceptical because of the fraudulent nature that has been exposed. Many Evangelical Pastors, who even have television shows, provide ample evidence of deception in their “faith healing” for many to feel justified in rejecting miracles or even a belief in God at all.

The Bible addresses such issues and God Himself warned of many false prophets who would try to cause others to believe in a lie (Dt 18v19-22). There are examples in scripture where God judged very harshly such fraudulent preachers (Jer 28).

True miracles in the Bible are not fake. God always provided clear evidence that could not be ignored, even by people who would have loved any chance to prove them false. The Pharisees in Christ’s time had to admit “a notable miracle is done, we cannot deny it” (Acts 4v16).

Jesus had publically died on the cross. There was no doubt as both Jewish and Roman officials confirmed this. So when Christ was raised, if there was any doubt that a miracle occurred, it would have been seized upon by the majority who wanted in every way to stop this sect.

TRUE POWER OF MIRACLES

Here lies the true power of miracles in the Bible. God never uses cheap tricks or stunts to attract attention. Miracles are not isolated events; rather each one is chosen and specific because God had a far more important reason than showing His physical power over nature.

The real power that God wanted everyone to see was the Gospel message. The word of God is “quick and powerful” (Heb 4v12) and can do amazing things. The word of God can change people, and make them ready and fit for eternal life. This is why miracles in the Bible are connected with preaching and often occurred in greater concentrations around periods of God’s revelation to us.

This is why the Bible makes an astounding admission. Even if God was to show a person a miracle, this would NOT ultimately convince them or make them a believer. This is found in a parable Jesus spoke in Luke 16v19-31. Jesus made this parable using the wrong beliefs of the Jews. There were many in those days that believed in the errors we see in the churches today. The Jews were always asking for a sign, a miracle, as proof that God spoke in Jesus. The irony was that Jesus showed them many signs, and this did not convince them!

Jesus’ final summation comes in v31. Even something as miraculous as raising the dead would have no effect on some people. Why not? Because the true power of conversion was to be found in God’s word. If they could not see the clear evidence of God’s love for them from the scripture, and all the marvellous works He had performed throughout their history, then nothing would change them.

The true power to convince people of something is not bound up necessarily in a miracle…it is found already in the word of God. The true power of God is His character which He has openly displayed to men in Jesus Christ (Ex 34v5-8), and miracles were only a way to point people to the real message of God in Jesus Christ (Acts 2v22).

FAITH AND MIRACLES

Regardless of how enlightened and bound to reason we may think we have become, we can never change the fact that faith will always play a huge role in everything we think, feel and do. Science can tell us so many great things about our world, but all it does is point to the fact that there must be a God; it cannot tell us anything more about Him or His purpose.

The prophet Isaiah has a powerful message for our times:

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.” (Isa 29v13-14)

 

God will do a marvellous work and wonder. May our heart and respect for God not become affected by the precepts of men, because the wisdom of this world will perish. Let us not perish with it, rather live in the light of God’s amazing power to do all things.

The great hope that God has promised us is that He will share Eternal life with those who love Him. This has been sealed with the greatest miracle, the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 17v31).

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” (Phil 3v21)

[1] Clement Ch XVII Paragraph 545

[2] Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus. Paragraph 2

[3] Manners and Customs of the Bible, p 355

[4] Manners and Customs of the Bible, p 358

[5] http://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/stewart.cfm?ID=625

[6] C.S.Lewis. Miracles

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Creation not evolution: The “Bad Design” Argument

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This series of short articles produced by Bro James McCann of the Riverwood ecclesia(au) is a wonderful resource and provide well-reasoned arguments in support of a creation over theistic evolution (Evolutionary creationism).

The “Bad Design” Argument

You might have heard scientists use the “bad design” argument in order to defend why they believe life must be the result of natural evolutionary processes rather than special creation. In essence they feel that an intelligent designer, like God, would not have made such obvious mistakes or designed creation with flaws.

Is it science?

At first glance, the “bad design” argument sounds very logical. However there is one major issue. What qualifications does science have to comment on a designer and their design? Science is about a method that can observe, test, discover and understand only natural processes, causes and phenomena (methodological naturalism). By its own defined scope it is not able to test or observe, confirm or deny the existence or work of a God or designer. Science is limited to explaining what we can observe of the natural world, and unless it can ask the designer or put God in a test tube, then this does not constitute science.

So it is very surprising that any scientist would feel qualified to use such an unscientific argument, when in fact it is a theological argument. It is even more surprising for a body that is generally very quick to separate itself from creation or intelligent design arguments because it is not “science” (regardless of the value of that evidence).

Unless science has the scope or ability to ask the designer Himself, then it is not an argument a scientist true to their profession would see they are unqualified to test or comment on.

When we look at the Bible we can see that commenting on a design or a designer is definitely a theological issue. In Romans 9v20 the Apostle Paul says; But, O man, who are you, to make answer against God? May the thing which is made say to him who made it, Why did you make me so?”

This highlights a vital point. It is very arrogant of man to claim that he knows better. What part of our natural world and creation have we created? What qualifications do we have to say, “If God designed X, then it should look like Y”. Furthermore, who and what is man to ask God “why”? How can anyone make such a judgement if they have no knowledge of the reason or purpose of WHY this designer did it this way?

As Romans 9 goes onto say; Has not the potter the right to make out of one part of his earth a vessel for honour, and out of another a vessel for shame?”. Here God is likened to a potter who alone knows the purpose of why He created something. If He chooses to make one thing to honour and another to dishonour, who is man to question that or say that God’s design is bad? We ought to humbly accept that this is God’s call alone!

Is it “bad design” or ignorance?

Even if science could ask the designer, what would the examples they cite of “bad design” really tell us?

Not surprisingly, many of the classic “bad design” arguments have recently been shown to be faulty assumptions based on science’s incomplete understanding. Many “design flaws” have been discovered to have reason and purpose, showing the ignorance in the initial claim.

One such example is “Junk DNA”. The “bad design argument” here often goes like this…

“There are sections of DNA that are the same in related lines, showing that the DNA has arisen from a common ancestor…All of the examples of functionless sequences shared between humans and chimpanzees reinforce the argument for evolution…the appearance of the same “error”–that is, the same useless pseudogene or endogenous retrovirus at the same position in human and ape DNA–cannot logically be explained by independent origins of the two sequences.” (Edward E. Max, M.D., Ph.D. www.talkorigins.org)

However this is based on the major assumption that these sections of DNA were “functionless”, “junk” or left over. But further studies showed that this was false, and the continuing work on the genome has begun to discover the many diverse and useful functions that “non-coding” DNA sections serve, as Professor Mattick explains:

The discovery of the mosaic structure of genes in higher organisms was the biggest surprise in the history of molecular biology. It was swept under the carpet within a few months of being discovered because everybody “knew” that genes coded for proteins. It was rationalized as junk, as an evolutionary hangover. This stuff is in all the textbooks. But there was never any evidence for it; it was just a straight assumption.”

“…as sequencing and other new technologies spew forth data, the complexity of biology has seemed to grow by orders of magnitude. Delving into it has been like zooming into a Mandelbrot set…our understanding about the most basic things – such as how a cell turns on and off is incredibly naïve”

“The failure to recognize the full implications of this – particularly the possibility that the intervening noncoding sequences may be transmitting parallel information … may well go down as one of the biggest mistakes in the history of molecular biology”. [1]

So what is one of the greatest evidences for evolution by common descent is actually being found to be based on ignorance and incomplete understanding of a language that we are even now only scratching the surface of.

Another classic example is the “bad design” of the eye. It goes something like this:

“Intelligence Design, however, has been rejected by the modern scientific community…When closely examined, the living world is filled with evidence that complex organisms not only could have evolved through evolution’s trial-and-error mechanism, but must have done so, because their structure, their physiology, and even their genetic makeup are all inconsistent with the demands of intelligent design…. errors and design flaws, that no intelligent designer would have committed” (K Miller @ www.pbs.org).

This argument is again based on ignorance. Many of the design flaws of the eye, like the “back to front wiring of the retina” has been shown by Ophthalmologists to be very good design when alternatives have been compared!

Dr George Marshall, a research ophthalmologist, says:

“For the retina to be wired the way that Professor Richard Dawkins suggested, would require the choroid to come between the photoreceptor cells and the light, for RPE cells must be kept in intimate contact with both the choroid and photoreceptor to perform their job. Anybody who has had the misfortune of a hemorrhage in front of the retina will testify as to how well red blood cells block out the light…The idea that the eye is wired backward comes from a lack of knowledge of eye function and anatomy…The more I study the human eye, the harder it is to believe that it evolved. Most people see the miracle of sight. I see a miracle of complexity on viewing things at 100,000 times magnification. It is the perfection of this complexity that causes me to baulk at evolutionary theory” . [2]

Any person who can see will attest to the wonder that is the eye and the miracle of sight. Any scientist working on the development of the bionic eye will without doubt confirm the complexity of the organ they are trying to copy.

There are many more examples of bad design being extensively debunked, like the Panda’s thumb and the human oesophagus. [3] This demonstrates that the “bad design” argument is based more on assumption and ignorance than faulty design. Maybe we need to be more honest in acknowledging that it is actually science’s lack of understanding of the complexity of the design than the flaws of the designer.

Biomimicry

A very telling example that shows the wonder of design in the natural world is the fact that modern scientists and engineers are spending an ever increasing amount of time and energy looking at the ingenious structures and mechanism that they observe in nature and copying them!

One such area is “Biomimicry”.  Janine Benyus , who coined the term, defined it as “the conscious emulation of life’s genius”. The abundance of current work and study where human problems and issues are being solved by copying the amazing designs in nature around us in growing every day.

Here are some examples:

Scientists have copied nature to enhance aerodynamics.
Engineers have copied plants to create products like Velcro.
Recently studies in ‘superhydrophobicity’ have studied the “Lotus effect”.

 

 

Thin film nanotechnology has copied the amazing colour without pigment from butterfly wings.

 

 

Not only is there so much evidence in biology on a micro level, but also looking at the entire universe on a macro level there is overwhelming evidence of design and a designer:

The impression of design is overwhelmingThe laws which enable the universe to come into being spontaneously seem themselves to be the product of exceedingly ingenious design.” (Paul Davies, Superforce p243)

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being. This Being governs all things …as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont to be called “Lord God’. The Supreme God is a Being eternal, infinite, perfect.” (Sir Isaac Newton)

The Bible and ‘bad design’

The Apostle Paul says in Romans 1 – “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (v19-21)

Paul is referencing the creation of the world in Genesis 1. God made the “heavens and earth” (macro) and “all things therein” (micro). But not only that, he is saying that it is such a clear witness to God’s existence that man is morally accountable (having been made in God’s image and likeness). It should be obvious to man that a power and intelligence above nature is needed by the complexity and design what has been created.

This is the major issue with using the “bad design argument”. Such a position denies the very witness God has said demonstrates His glory. Take the example of the eye, already mentioned. This is something God Himself speaks of:

Prov 20v11-12: Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.”

As a child is known by their actions, so God is known by His actions. When we look at His works, the eye and the ear, these show amazing proof of God’s genius design and purpose. This is exactly the point Paul made in Romans 1, they witness to His eternal power. We just need to literally open our eyes to see how wonderful the eye is!

A Bible believer should “see” that using the bad design argument is contrary to the very words of God Himself who references this example as a mark of His creative power.

Consider the Lilies

The Lord Jesus Christ makes an astonishing comment in Luke 12v27-28:

“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

Imagine the splendour of Solomon and the glory he displayed (1 Kings 10v1-13, 2 Chron 9v1-12). And yet the glory of God’s creation is far superior! Jesus believed that even the lilies and grass were clothed by God; he did not attribute this to nature’s trial and error evolutionary mechanisms. Jesus saw the biological creation as a witness to the gory of the creator.

Such simple and yet powerful lessons in nature surround us every day. We only need to stop and “consider the lilies” as they cry out the wisdom of the power of their creator, “who is blessed forevermore” (Rom 1v25).

[1] Mattick, J., cited in: Gibbs, W.W., “The Unseen Genome: Gems Among the Junk,” Scientific American, 289(5):26–33.

[2] http://creation.com/an-eye-for-creation-george-marshall-interview (From http://creation.com/fibre-optics-in-eye-demolish-atheistic-bad-design-argument)

[3] http://www.godandscience.org/evolution/designgonebad.html

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This series of short articles produced by Bro James McCann of the Riverwood ecclesia(au) is a wonderful resource and provide well-reasoned arguments in support of a creation over theistic evolution (Evolutionary creationism).

Amazing Creative Designs

What is one of the simplest substances yet arguably the most important molecule needed for life? What do we use for the most basic functions like drinking or washing ourselves with, to uses like maintaining biological systems, providing a habitat for a multitude of organisms or even regulating global weather and temperature? Dihydrogen monoxide or more commonly, water.

Water is unique in so many ways and without these properties, life would cease to exist. Water is:

  • A raw material for many reactions, like photosynthesis
  • A solvent that drives our metabolism
  • A transport medium, like our blood which is approximately an 80% aqueous suspension
  • A lubricant for joints in our body
  • A support so that cells maintain their shape
  • A coolant as organisms that sweat can regulate their temperature
  • A habitat for marine and aquatic organisms
  • Global temperature regulator due to its very high heat capacity

But what makes water so amazingly versatile? How is water one of the only substances on earth that are found in all three physical states (solid, liquid and gas)?

It is the properties of water that make it such a unique substance and needful to support life. Compared to many molecules of similar size, shape and bonding water still stands out.

Melting Point and Boiling Point

Without such a high MP and BP water would not be able to fulfil half of the uses it is necessary for. Is this coincidence or an accident? Obviously not. In fact, water has much higher than expected values for many properties, including surface tension and viscosity.

Many of water’s unique properties come from the type of bonds that hold water molecules together. This intermolecular force is called “hydrogen bonding”. It is a special type of bonding that is created because of water’s bent shaped molecule and the way the Oxygen and Hydrogen atoms unequally share electrons. Oxygen loves electrons more than hydrogen, so they spend more time around the oxygen than they do around the hydrogen side of the molecule (creating two poles; one slightly negative and the other slightly positive). This electrostatic attraction then holds the water molecules together.

Many substances have hydrogen bonding, see NH3 and HF above. Yet water is still unique. Why?

Water is considered the perfect hydrogen bonding molecule. This is because there are two lone electron pairs on the Oxygen side of the molecule that can form electrostatic attractions with two hydrogen ends of other molecules, so a 1:1 ratio. This makes the water molecules have 4 strong hydrogen bonds with all sides of the molecule used up effectively.

(http://www.tonywhiddon.org/lhs/apchemistry/studyguides/bonding/bonding6.htm)

When you compare this with Ammonia (NH3), the Nitrogen end of the molecule only has one lone pair so it can only make one hydrogen bond with any 3 of the hydrogen from another molecule, so the ratio is 3:1.

This is clearly a wonderful design feature. Chemists see this as the “perfect” model of hydrogen bonding and it is the reason behind many of waters unique but vital properties like:

  • Capillary Action – this is the process where water is taken up by the roots of plants and travels up the stem against the force of gravity. Each molecule “pulls” the other up.
  • Global temperature regulator – the extensive hydrogen bonding causes water to have significantly high specific heat capacity. So vast quantities of energy can be stored in water. The entire climate is regulated by this process and is the basis of the water cycle.
  • Density – with most substances, the solid is denser than the liquid, making the solid sink in the liquid. However, with water this is the opposite, and vitally so. Due to the hydrogen bonding causing the molecules to arrange themselves in a more structured hexagonal crystal, the solid expands making the density of ice less then water. The ice then floats on top of the water, creating a protective barrier for marine and aquatic animals to live under and a great insulator. If lakes and rivers froze from the bottom up then all life in them would be killed.

When researching the properties of water you will often find statements like, “It is lucky for us that ice floats”. However it is clear that such an important feature on which life depends is not an accident but a design feature of an intelligent Creator.

“Does the rain have a father? Who fathered the dew? Whose womb brings forth the ice? Who gives birth to frost out of an empty sky when water solidifies like stone and the surface of the deepest sea freezes? (Job 38v28-30)

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Does the Bible teach Adam was the first man?  Yes.

“And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. (1 Cor 15v45)

“The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven” (1 Cor 15v47)

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You will notice that the quotes from Paul reference the Genesis account of creation (Gen 2v7). It is here that God records how he created Adam from the “dust of the ground”. He was the first being fresh from the creator’s hand. When we look at the genealogy in Luke 3v23-38 we see God was his Father:

Which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God

All those in the long family line leading to Christ had come from Adam and each were of the man before, except Adam. Everyone who has come from Adam and Eve have been born to human parents. But not Adam, he was the first, the beginning of the human race with whom God’s purpose was.

Eve also was a special creation, as she was taken out of Adam’s side by the Angels (Gen 2v21-23). She was taken out of man in such a special way was to demonstrate the closeness of their relationship (Gen 2v24-25, Eph 5v21-28) and to teach us what their relationship represented (Eph 5v32). Adam actually calls Eve “The mother of all living” (Gen 3v20) because from her all the human race would come.

Adam and Eve were the first, the head of the human race to whom God’s purpose was with.

DOES THIS AGREE WITH SCIENCE?

Science is a method of exploring and discovering the natural world through natural causes. But looking at the Genesis record it is clear that God is establishing the world by His supernatural power. Science cannot test or find the supernatural because God is not in their limited scope. Hence we should not expect Science to be able to prove or disprove God’s creative acts (Ecc 8v17, Heb 11v3).

However, many of the fossils and evidences of past life found by scientists could be the remains of ages and worlds before our own, that preceded the Genesis creation, of which the Bible says nothing. Some have tried to hypothesise where the Angels came from, but this enters a realm unrevealed in scripture.

However we can be certain that the human race as we know today, with whom God’s purpose is, came from Adam and Eve. This is clear, scriptural teaching and even Jesus taught and believed this (Matt 19v4-6).

IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Yes, in so many ways.

Firstly it is important to believe what God says (Heb 11v6).

Secondly, the Bible reveals that as we all come from Adam then we are like him (1 Cor 15v49). Just as we, coming from our parents, inherit their good looks, genes and traits. But there are some important spiritual lessons from understanding what coming from Adam means.

Paul in two very vital sections of scripture (Romans 5 and 1 Cor 15) records how sin and death came to be in the world. It was because Adam sinned and he was sentenced to death, for “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6v23). God sentenced Adam that very day; “Dust you are and unto dust you shall return” (Gen 3v17-19). This sentence became an inescapable law of Adam’s nature from that time on (Rom 8v20).

But Paul does not leave it there. He says in Rom 5v12:

“As by one man sin entered, and death by sin, so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”.

And again in 1 Cor 15v22:

“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive”

Having “born the image of the earthy” we who are Adam’s descendants innocently inherit his corruptible and mortal nature that was a result of his disobedience. But how is that fair that such a sentence on Adam would impact his descendants?

Paul tells us that God subjected him to a mortal existence “in HOPE” (Rom 8v20). This was because God was going to provide a way of salvation by reversing the very consequences that sin had brought in. But to do this, this person had to:

  1. Go through those consequences that came by sin – to uphold God’s righteousness
  2. By experiencing them, he could conquer and defeat them to make a way of escape for all

This is exactly what God promised in Gen 3v15. This was pointing forward to Jesus, who would come to battle sin and conquer death by voluntarily submitting to God’s right judgement on sin. Jesus was the true sacrifice that the lamb killed in Eden represented (Gen 3v21).

So Paul says although “in Adam all die”“in Christ shall all be made alive”! This is because although Adam is the first and head of our natural family, and we can’t help being born into the human race, God has provided the first and head of His spiritual family that we can CHOOSE to be a part of through baptism. He is the first to come out of the grave and be made immortal (1 Cor 15v20).

This is why God subjected man “in HOPE” because we have the HOPE of being part of God’s family through Christ. Jesus has experienced the disabilities that came by sin, but overcame them and has “tasted death for everyman”. By this process he is “going to lead many sons to glory” (Heb 2v9-10) as if we associate ourselves with his death, then we, like him, will be raised to immortality (Rom 6).

But wait, there is more! Because Jesus has also shared man’s fallen nature, he will be a continuous source of strength and encouragement having “been touched with the feelings of our infirmities, being in all points tempted like us” (Heb 4v15-16).

This is why God wants us to understand the importance of Adam as the first man, because we can then understand the importance of Jesus Christ and his work in saving us.

View all the articles in this series here….

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