The Second Adam

Featured Image: Hope by Juan Gonzalez
Featured Image: Hope by Juan Gonzalez


“In the Secret Place help us to KNOW and EXPERIENCE who You Are! What’s remarkable is that intertwined with the ever-increasing revelations of who You are, You open us to the reality of who we are created to be–FREE to live joyfullyalive in Your Presence, fulfilling our destiny as the light and salt of the Earth–those who love as we have been so loved by You!”

I prayed the above at the tail end of my previous post, “ONE Thing“, and it remains the cry of my heart today.

In “ONE Thing” I shared God’s call to offer Him my heart, even before my hands, as Mary had. She sat at Jesus’ feet.

Jesus’ words concerning her in Luke 10:38-42 where enough to send me, likewise, to my knees:

“…only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

With my heart more receptive and my hands emptied to receive from Him, I was being transformed from the inside out like never before.

For the first time I was realizing how much I had clung to my identity in the first Adam and began to hear Jesus say to relinquish my grasp and embrace my new identity in Him–A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST!

Here I bear my soul with you once again, Prayerfully inspiring you to live JoyfullyAlive in Him. 

My identity was made new, But for years I still clung to the old.

Though He pledged Himself to me, With more than a ring of gold.

I held on to what was familiar: The shame, the pain, the guilt.

Not embracing that He freed me, Through the Cross where His blood was spilt

My new identity came by way of His death. He died to relinquish our shame!

Whatever this world may bring, His love will still remain.

He is the Last Adam! Born from above

Let Him wash your soul, my friends, With His truth, grace, and undying LOVE

1 Corinthians 15:45 “Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.


Below is a poem from my 2007-08 journal less than a month into my “living Mary-ly” journey.

I chose to share the below poem, this one of my many entries during that year of rest and consecration, because KNOWING HIM is pivotal! It is the bottom line of any believer’s existence:

To know God and to make Him known!

As I embraced His invitation to rest at His proverbial feet through prayer, meditating on His Word, worship, journaling, praise…silence, He began to reveal Himself to me as never before. I was nine years into my faith walk when writing the below poem, and yet He was drawing me closer and taking me deeper into new revelations of Himself, particularly His ability to remove my soiled garments, stained by my sinful nature in the first Adam and clothe me with HIS white as He, Himself bore my sins…once and for ALL! (Zechariah 3:3-10)

This prayer is worth repeating a third time:

“In the Secret Place help us to KNOW and EXPERIENCE who You Are! What’s remarkable is that intertwined with the ever-increasing revelations of who You are, You open us to the reality of who we are created to be…

Yours.

The Second Adam

“I will make a partner suitable for you,”
spoke the Great I AM!
From one body was made two,
Eve from Adam: woman from man.

But this was a mere shadow of the things to come,
When the second Adam descended into flesh as a Son.

Now I stand as a woman rebirthed from above.
God put Jesus to sleep as a testament of His love.

And from that one flesh I was reborn,
From His blood that was spilt.
The second Adam ushered in true LIFE and FREEDOM,
While the first gave birth to death and guilt.

So I now bask in the Presence
Of the Lover of my soul.
The light of His bright countenance
Clothes me in white–

He makes me whole.

Once longing for what can be felt with the senses,
I am contented by His embrace
He comforts me with His Presence,
I am covered by His grace.

Nothing in all creation
Can compare to this love I have found.
All of sins deceitful “riches” and pleasures,
In exchange for Him, I cast them down.

Since gazing with spiritual eyes
At His compassion and grief
As He died a sinner’s death,
Between the murderer and the thief

Knowing that it was my sins’ debt He paid
How could I then?
How could I now,
Just look the other way?

The second Adam ushered in true LIFE and FREEDOM,
While the first gave birth to death and guilt.

This is what still draws me
To kneel daily at His feet
Starving myself of vain pleasures
So I have room for what’s most sweet!

My hand in His nail-peirced hand
No one else can take His place
Taste and see that the Lord is good
The flavor of His love is grace

Man does not live by bread alone,
But by every word that proceeds from His mouth
He is my Bridegroom,
We are now wed
I’m no mere visitor in His House

He is the Good Shepherd of my heart,
While the thief lurks to kill, destroy, and steal.
He won’t let me out of His sight,
I’m past wearing the wedding veil.

We are intimate!
To Him I have wed.
He is my Lord, my Husband, my Savior
Of this spiritual union He is the head.

He leads me by His humble servitude
I submit to His will
I once was pinning, thirsty for love
But now this longing He’s fulfilled

“I will make a partner suitable for you,”
Spoke the Great I AM on that day.
And from the Prince of Peace He made a spiritual princess

…on the 31st of May!


The below verse speaks of how KNOWING and EXPERIENCING our Second Adam ushers in great joy! Like the above poem, it serves as an invitation to relinquish your hold on your former identity in the first Adam and embrace your newness in the “second”–Jesus, Messiah.

Let’s allow Him to draw us deeper, because in so doing, we will reap a harvest of righteousness, peace, and live joyfullyalive in HIM!

Romans 5
Faith Brings Joy

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Adam and Christ Contrasted

12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 13 Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. 14 Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come. 15 But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. 16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. 17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Joyney Praise and Blessing:

WHAT A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO KNOW OUR WONDERFUL SAVIOR! MAY WE ALL SEEK TO KNOW and EXPERIENCE HIM MORE, EXPERIENCING HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, and JOY AS A RESULT!

MAY HIS PRAISE EVER BE ON OUR LIPS! HE’S WORTHY OF NOTHING LESS!

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I am a passionate Jesus disciple, wife, teacher, leader, friend who's life mission is to "Reveal Christ to the lost, spur on the saints, and serve as a beckon of freedom through the edifying images I paint. My pen is my paintbrush, and words are my artistry. I plan to use them both to inspire you to live JoyfullyAlive in Jesus, because WE WERE MADE TO THRIVE!

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