Who are we following?Written by jmacaulay on Jul 12, 2013 in Blog - No Comments
I was reading 1 Corinthians 15 yesterday and was challenged by verses 45 -49 in particular. Paul speaks about two men – the man of dust and the heavenly man. He says that we all bear the image of the man of dust – the first Adam, we are like him in so many ways, particularly our tendency to ignore what God says to us. We go our own way and end up in trouble, we discover that disobedience to God leads to separation from God. We all have a longing for completeness and wholeness, but so often we can feel alienated, lonely and surrounded by angst! We can be surrounded by people, family, friends, neighbours, etc, but still ache for meaning and purpose in our lives.
Paul also speaks about the heavenly man – the second Adam, Jesus! WE can bear His image, we can be like Him. Jesus is God in the flesh, He died to take the punishment for our sins which separate us from God. It is through Him we discover that we can be forgiven and that we can discover God’s purpose for our life. We already bear the image of the man of dust by being part of humanity, we can chose to bear the image of the heavenly man by inviting Him into our lives to forgive our sins and to save us.
It is our choice which of the two we ultimately look like, we/I need to choose well!