An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

In Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
(1 Corinthians 15:22)

Years ago I remember being at Walmart with my family looking at the DVDs in the “Bargain Bin” section. Some of them were bundled up as “package deals,” which was a little frustrating because no bundle we looked at had more than one DVD of any interest to us. After searching through the bin for a few minutes, my daughter threw up her hands. “This is a hopeless tangle,” she sighed. Linde and I laughed; she always had a way with words. Retailers make package deals in order to sell product and make money. Others folks, like parents for instance, may make package deals with their children in order to care for and bless them. For example, they may offer a yummy dessert to their child after supper if only the child will eat her broccoli. Here the broccoli is “packaged with” the dessert; the latter cannot be enjoyed without the former. Today’s verse passage reminds us that humanity itself is a kind of package deal also. Original man, Adam, was the progenitor, federal head, and representative of the whole human family. When he fell, he took the whole human family with him. Our culture, which promotes and applauds selfish individualism, balks at the biblical account of man and our complicity in Adam’s transgression. Even so, this does absolutely nothing to change the fact that it is God alone (and on His Own authority) Who determines, objectively and decisively, how things—and people—are to be identified, reckoned, categorized, grouped, and interpreted. God will govern man as He pleases, and no amount of opposition from His fallen image-bearers will change what He has decreed (Psalm 2). “For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?” challenged the great prophet, Isaiah, “and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” (Isaiah 14:27). The proverb rightly declares that “there is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD” (Proverbs 21:30). As long as we were “packaged with” Adam, we were doomed to eternal estrangement from God in an awful place of torment, a place which was not designed for men but for fallen angels (Matthew 25:41). But God in His grace and mercy has sent us a new Progenitor, Federal Head, and Representative—the Lord Jesus Christ—the Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). God wills that all would repent, receive Christ for salvation, and be reconciled to Himself (Acts 17:30; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9), that all would be “in Christ.” We may wonder why, then, God creates so many people who refuse to receive Him. We must remember that non-believers are connected to believers generationally. That is, non-believing parents or grandparents are essential in producing physical offspring who will receive the Lord for salvation. Humanity is a “package deal” in this respect also. One day, however, the division between the two groups will be decisive and final (Revelation 21:5-8). Let us be about Father’s business until then!

God bless,

pastor john