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Friday, December 01, 2006

An Advent word study: 1

Jesus is described as the Last Adam in 1 Corinthians ch.15 v.45 by the Apostle Paul. There is no accident in his choice of words. He could have described Jesus as a 'second' Adam. But he didn't. He deliberately chose the word 'last' to make a specific point. Jesus' arrival was not merely another step on a long road to spiritual enlightenment for us all.

His birth, rather was the final phase of a long awaited fulfilment of specific prophecy. It was the completion of a work of perfection, not a second phase that would need further correction from a string of self-proclaimed 'new' messiahs.

Jesus' birth heralded that completion. There will never be another baby born as a saviour for all humanity, for that work is done, finished on a cross thirty years later. Now, we go, sent out with the same spirit and power to bring the good news to the rest of humanity.


We often talk about Jesus as the 'first' (or origin, source). What passages can you find that talk about Jesus as the 'last' (or similar words - final, completion)? Is there any connection beteen the two sets of passages that you can see?


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