Who is Jesus Christ?
JESUS CHRIST, the LAST ADAM
Romans 5:14 refers to Adam as a type, tupos, of he which was to come: “….of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.” NKJV Tupos means a die, as in a pattern of conformity to which a thing must be made; a sample, a model. Sin entered the world because of the first man, Adam’s transgression.
Rom 5:15-16 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. Here we have two men, one who got us into the soup and the other who gets us out of it. Their Father was God. Trying to make Jesus anyone other than who he was diminishes what he accomplished for us.
1 Cor 15:45 So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam (man), a life-giving spirit. Here Jesus Christ is referred to as “the last Adam.” Through Jesus Christ, when we confess him as Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead, we receive the spirit of God. Through Christ we receive the gift of holy spirit and eternal life. Only through Jesus Christ do we receive true spiritual life.
Was Adam tempted to sin? Was Jesus tempted to sin? Yes, they were both tempted, but only one was successful in not succumbing. Could Jesus have sinned? Certainly he could have or else why would the devil have tried to do it. If Jesus could not have sinned, he could not have been the tupos of Adam we saw in Romans 5:14. If he were somehow immune to temptation to sin, we would all still be dead in our own sin.
We see in Hebrews 2:9 that Jesus “tasted death for every man.” 2:16 says he was “the descendant of Abraham.”
Heb 2:17-18 Therefore, He had to be madelike his brethrenin all things, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He himself was tempted in that which he has suffered, he is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. NASU
It is only because he was tempted sufferably, that he can now sympathize with us when we are tempted.
Heb 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things, yet without sin. NASU
Heb 5:1-10 For every high priest taken from among men, anthropos, is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; 2 he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness; 3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself. 4 And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron, so also Christ did not glorify himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to him,”YOU ARE MY SON,TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU“; 6 just as He says also in another passage,”YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.” 7 In the days of his flesh, he offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his piety. 8 Although he was a Son, he learned obediencefrom the things which he suffered. 9 And having been made perfect, he became to all those who obey him the source of eternal salvation, 10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. AT
The humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ is undeniable. It was from the things he suffered that he learned obedience! Sounds like us learning from our mistakes, doesn’t it? Man-o-man, what a man we have as a Savior!
THE genesis OF JESUS CHRIST
Matt 1:1 A roll of the birth of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham. YLT Most versions and translations use the words genealogy or generation instead of the word “birth” here in Matthew 1:1. “Birth,” is the Greek word genesis which means source, origin, nativity, to come into existence. When we think of the word genesis, we tend to think of “in the beginning,” when it all started. We can clearly see from Matthew 1:1-17 that Jesus had quite a pedigree, some very specific ancestors.
After Jesus’ credentials are established as a son of David, verse 18 gos on to establish his genesis: And of Jesus Christ, the birth, genesis, was thus: YLT
Christ, the Mediator
1 Tim 2:5-6 For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.Heb 8:66 But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.Heb 9:15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, NASU
In my college days one of the positions I held on campus was that of Ombudsman. It was my place to mediate between the Administration and the students. As Galatians 3 tells us, those is no such thing as a Mediator of just one entity; there must be two, who are not the same or are not equal.
Romans 8:34 refers the Christ as our intercessor as well. Jesus Christ is the go-between between us and the Father.