The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham (Matthew 1:1).
The entire Bible is a book of two generations. Apart from the scripture quoted above, there is an earlier scripture that speaks of an earlier generation. This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him (Gen. 5:1).
The Old Testament speaks of the generation of Adam, and the New Testament speaks of the generation of Jesus Christ. Adam was the progenitor of all human that exist. Jesus is the progenitor of all that believe. Adam was the father of all who are born of the flesh. Jesus is the progenitor of all who are born of the Spirit, born of God (John 3:6-7).
When God made man, he made a male-Adam, and a female-Eve. He made them in His own image and likeness. He made them holy and innocent. He said they were “very good” (Gen. 1:26, 27, 31). Then through Eve, Satan tempted man to sin against God. Man fell into sin, and came under the dominion of sin and Satan. The result was death, according to God’s judgement (Gen. 2:17; Ps. 51:5; Ps. 58:3). This is why all who are born of Adam must die someday because the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23; Eze. 18:4,20). When Jesus came, He did not partake of Adamic nature, He lived a sinless life-the only man who did, because He was God in the flesh (John 8:46; John 14:30).
When Jesus died on the cross, He took the place of all mankind. He was made to be sin for us so that we can become the righteousness of God in Him (II Cor. 5:21; Rom. 6:6). When you now receive Christ into your heart by faith, that old Adamic nature in you is crucified, Christ becomes in you, the positive force of righteousness (Col. 3:10; II Cor. 5:17).
Jesus on the cross initiated a new generation. He was the last Adam, starting a new race of people who now partake of His nature of holiness and can walk in righteousness. This is why receiving Christ as your Lord is more than a religious affair. It destroys your old nature of sin, gives you a new nature of righteousness, disconnects you from the generation of Adam, keys you into the generation of Christ, makes you a new creation, gives you Zoë: eternal life, the life of God and it makes you a child of God. This is what it means to be born again. The Holy Spirit does this in you when you believe in Christ and His death for you on the cross.You are born of the Spirit. You are born again. You are born of God. This becomes effective only when you believe it, and receive it by faith into your heart. It is an experience that changes a man’s life for ever. Now, are you really born again or are you just religious? Are you still of the generation of Adam or you have become part of the generation of Christ? The greatest decision any man can make on earth, is to accept Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross of Calvary, by faith into his heart. This decision will determine where you will spend eternity.
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY
FOR FURTHER STUDIES
2 CORINTIANS. 5
- Give thanks to God that you are born again.
- Present your body to God as a living sacrifice that Christ may reign in you.
- Pray that the true knowledge of God’s salvation in Christ will spread all over the earth.
- Ask the Lord to use you to spread this message of salvation.
Confession for Today
I am a new creation in Christ. I will spread the knowledge of His grace all over the world.
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