Seed Plot, The Preeminent in Our Place

Could it be true? What if a single human representative could successfully champion the human race? Could one man be the title-holder, the defender, the victor, the reigning champion who can never be defeated despite being fully human? Well, if one human’s actions could sentence the species, why couldn’t one redeem it? Seems logical, doesn’t it? But the vast amount of people tend to dismiss the concepts of (1) the problem of humanity’s intrinsic spiritual depravity; (2) the solution of a new kind of Human being (the God-Man); and, (3) the endowed provision of reconciliation to the Creator based on faith alone that yields the life God originally intended for us.   

Many would rather believe that people are generally good; and, that life evolved on Earth after a random cosmic explosion; or, even that people are the product of planet-seeding from aliens from other worlds. Some are even contemplating a human-engineered upgrade to humanity as a way to solve our limitations. Whatever creation narrative is held to, most people do not want to believe that there is a God to whom we are all accountable (even fewer who believe He has a Son that is the Saviour).  

I believe the universe (and all that is in it) emanate from a “Seed” narrative that Yahweh-God authored, and the Trinity agreed to, before “time” began.

You might wonder how I could hold to such a belief. Well, I can explain it this way.  I believe in the science that predates modern scholastic analysis and conclusions. It’s called the Bible and it has been proven by historical events that were eye-witnessed by hundreds (in some cases thousands) of people. Their testimonies have been recorded, dated, and corroborated by historians that lived at the time. In addition, there are thousands of artifacts whether architecture, earthenware, parchments, and scrolls that agree with the eyewitness accounts. This collection of 66 books was documented by 40 authors who (for the most part) did not know each other or their text. These writers were separated in time by thousands of years and foretold events that became history or had a significant purpose that is linked to the overall narrative. This means Someone outside of Earth’s spacetime shared information with selected individuals on the planet who documented it. Consider that. Each book follows the same redemptive plot that points to a “life-giving Seed”; and, regardless of the human author’s location and lifetime, the narrative was the same for 1,400 to 1,800 years. How is it that these artifacts found in various regions from different periods and different languages tell the same story?  How is it that the more the collection is studied, the more credible it becomes? 

If science is a systematic method or body of knowledge in a given area, then the Bible is unquestionably scientific.  

It has observation, identification, description, and theoretical explanation of phenomena that are both physical and spiritual. Not to mention experiential evidence observed by millions (even billions) of Christians. But I feel I need to make a distinction here. While billions of people have a professed association with Christianity as a religion, only God knows how many have an active committed relationship with the LORD as their possession. If one is going to “scientifically” test the effects of the Bible, one must first understand its content and be able to identify and understand the sample being scrutinized; there is a criterion. 

The books of Romans and 1st John help believers understand both theologically and practically what Jesus taught. He said:

  • If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15). 

This implies that (1) you are communicating with the LORD, (2) that you love Him, (3) that you know what He commands and teaches, and (4) that you obey His commandments. When you know Him and what His commandments mean, you realize there are no contradictions (only opportunities to learn more).

But back to focusing on God’s seed plot. Since there is biological, spiritual, and astrophysical evidence of intelligent design and Scripture also confirms the same, why is it so hard to accept the Scripture’s proclamation that there is a Sovereign Creator who paid the price to reconcile people to Himself and that you can know Him personally? The other theories have not been proven and lack hard demonstrable evidence and thereby require a great deal of faith to accept it. In addition, the “science” concerning the other theories continues to evolve as humanity grows in its knowledge. Hypotheses are based on current thinking and are frequently corrected or expanded. I am certainly thankful for humanity’s ability to gain in understanding; and, I also believe the brain power behind much of our science is a gift to mankind from our Creator!

Romans 5:12 to 21  has much to say about the redemptive narrative or God’s seed plot. 

Please join me as I continue to study this beautiful letter to the Roman believers who were surrounded by a plethora of pagan and religious ideologies within a diverse culture. 

This passage of Scripture will focus on how one Divine Human’s actions provided redemption and challenge us to examine why people might look for an alternative saviour. In our day, we see the world looking for solutions to so many issues; and, sadly some believers are not clear on headship or authority. Friends, this matters!

If you like outlines, here is mine.

Part 1:

Part 2:

The challenge for you is to only take to heart what the Scripture is saying because every believer and non-believer is accountable for what they accept or reject. Grab your Bible and let’s get started!

Part 1: Love Allowed for Choice, Death, and Redemption

The first 11 verses of Romans 5 provide the benefits of salvation that have been gifted to every person who has a Holy Spirit regenerated (or reborn) heart; and, the passage culminates with reconciliation to the Beloved Godhead as the reason to rejoice in every situation. As we navigate through the remaining verses in chapter 5, the Holy Spirit speaking through Paul explains the two original human sons of God and the purpose for the law between the two. Yes, while there were other beings that were sons of God (Jobe 38:4 to 7), and believers have the right to become children of God (John 1:12), there were only two original human sons of God.

So, let’s consider the next 2 verses; Romans 5:12 to 13 states.

  • “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” (Romans 5:12 to 13). 

Most people have heard how the progenitor Adam, the first human son of God, initiated the sin problem that corrupted the human gene pool resulting in both the innate sinful nature and death of every descendant of Adam’s species.  Scripture states that humanity (male and female) was created by God in His likeness and that after Adam sinned, his offspring were in Adam’s image (a corrupted reflection of the perfect Creator). 

It is written:

  • “This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man He made him in the likeness of GodHe created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.” (Genesis 5:1 to 3).

If you have an interlinear bible or study tools for transliteration, please look at the words Adam, man, and mankind within this passage. You will notice that in Hebrew, all 3 words are ʼÂdâm. Also, notice that the Hebrew word for God within this passage is ‘ĕlōhîm which is plural and is distinguished from the singular ‘ĕlôha.

So, after the progenitor Adam was created perfect, he sinned by disobeying the command God gave him (Genesis 2:17), and then later his “seed” or sperm carried contamination. His children were conceived in his own fallen image, not God’s image.  

Since every person has a likeness of God (albeit corrupted), every effort should be made to foster respect for every human being because of God (not necessarily because of their actions or thinking which we agree or disagree with based on God’s Word).  James 3:9 to 12 and Ephesians 5:11.

Although this inherited sin nature interfered with the harmony between humanity and the Godhead, initially people did not fully understand how their sin distanced them from Holy God.  Romans 5:13 states that before God gave the law to Moses, sin existed; but since God did not give them prescribed commands, He did not hold humanity accountable for going against any teaching. This does not mean that they did not sin. Their minds now could imagine and desire evil so they performed actions that went against the design God had originally created. It is written:

  • For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew Godthey did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:20 to 21).

It was love that allowed humanity a choice; and, it was actually good to allow the curse of death as a limitation for individuals who would otherwise grow increasingly evil on Earth while further corrupting their offspring through their behaviour.  

It is written:

  • “Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever  (Genesis 3:22).
  • “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4).

You see, the evidence that every human being sins is the fact that our bodies die and that this can happen at any age (even before birth). Refer to Psalm 51:5. Our genes are corrupted and eventually, death comes to all. Perfect genes would forever prevent harm from occurring and perpetually regenerate without degrading in substance.  

Not only do we move towards physical death as we live, but we are also born spiritually dead. This means that even if the human genetic material became free of defects, the spiritual desires of human beings are now bent toward evil. It is written:

  • “Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (James 1:15).
  • “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespassesmade us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),” (Ephesians 2:1 to 5).

Praise God that the moment faith in Christ is born within an individual, the regenerated spirit is eternally alive with Christ! Because of His resurrection and because Christ never died again, He is forever alive and those who are in Him (those who are reborn) never die spiritually, although we will die physically.

Now, the idea of being born spiritually dead may create questions that Scripture is silent on. We know that the children of believers are given rest in heaven (1st Corinthians 7:14; 2nd Samuel 12:23; Genesis 18:2).  What about children of unbelievers? I have heard theories about the age of innocence, mental capacities, or the age of accountability. Many of these seem to come from Jewish tradition and provide much comfort.  I have not found Scripture that provides clear evidence one way or another.   You can click here for an interesting article on the topic which I will not comment on.

What I do know for certain is that it is the grace and mercy of God that affords justification to any of us and it is not based on anything about us.  

I have often wondered if God visits the spirits of babes or those who are born with mental incapacities to initiate faith within their hearts before their death because of His will. While this is a purely speculative consideration, I base it on Romans 1:19 to 20 in conjunction with Romans 9:15, and I considered Paul’s conversionPerhaps this is another reason our part of salvation (the “working out salvation” mentioned in Philippians 2:12 to 13 referred to as sanctification in 2nd Thessalonians 2:13 and prayed for us by Jesus in John 17:17) is also left out of Romans 8:29 to 30. But the truth is, I really don’t know what happens in these cases.

Again. What I do know for certain is that it is the grace and mercy of God that pardons anyone and it is not based on anything about us.  

But Romans 5:13 raises an interesting question. 

It says that while sin was in the world hence death, sin was not imputed or held on account until the law. Does that mean that everyone who died before the law was given granted entrance to paradise or heaven? Absolutely not. God is righteous and does not change. It is written:

  • “When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. And this is the message I proclaim: that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.” (Romans 2:12 to 16 New Living Translation).

Then what does Romans 5:13 mean relative to imputation? If we look at the context of the first 6 chapters of Genesis, we see that God provided a way to cover sin through sacrifice (He did not just ignore sin). We see that God poured out wrath (which was just) on the world’s population who pursued their evil desires rather than seeking to be pleasing to God. We also see grace in that Noah and his family were saved because Noah believed what God said (this was faith) and he built the ark (this was obedience). After the flood, those whom God revealed Himself to, honoured Him through the sacrifice of animals which was implemented in the garden and taught by Noah and some of his descendants.  

There has always been a remnant who will simply believe and obey (albeit imperfectly).  And to these pre-law believers (like Abraham and Noah) sin was not imputed

The point here is that sin existed even though individuals were not breaking known laws; it was an inherited sin-nature, a natural disposition or bent to fall short of God’s glory, and a natural desire to follow the evil inclinations of their hearts.

The sin nature is the same for the unbeliever as it is for the believer. It is selfish and it wants what it wants regardless of what God has said. Notice am not stating that the sin-nature has the same status for everyone because it doesn’t.

  • It remained the same for those under the law who believed (like Moses and Daniel) as it did for those without faith (like Pharoah or the Chaldean magicians).
  • It remains the same for those who believe after Christ’s atonement (Christians) as it does for those who do not receive Jesus as LORD (all unbelievers).  

The sin nature is inherited, but the just shall live by faith to faith; and, the Father has given us the Holy Spirit so we can put on Christ’s nature and not allow the old nature to resurrect. Here are a few references: Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38; Hebrews 11:6 to 8, and 24 to 26; Romans 6:6; Romans 7:25; Ephesians 4:22 to 24; and Colossians 3:9 and 10. 

Friends, those who put their trust in Christ have better promises starting with the righteousness of Christ accredited to the accounts of church-age believers (Romans 3:22).

As we look at the next verse in our study, we get a glimpse of God’s purpose in allowing Adam the choice of obedience or disobedience.

  • “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adamwho is a TYPE of Him who was to come.” (Romans 5:14).

So let us consider how Adam was a “type” of Christ. Jesus Christ is the second Human Son of God (but He existed before Adam and was with God from the beginning). John wrote through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit saying:

  • The Son of God “… was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. … For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (Various Scriptures commencing from John 1:10 through 18).

Again John wrote saying:

  • “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life (the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us) that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” (1st John 1:1 to 3).

Understanding the unique supremacy of God’s only begotten Son will be essential to understanding (1) Christ’s divinity; and, (2) the difference in the natures of Adam and Jesus Christ especially as this relates to Christians.  But before we get there. Let’s look into …

The Masterpiece of Scriptural Types

Earlier in the introduction to my study, I indicated that “I believe the universe (and all that is in it) emanate from a “Seed” narrative that Yahweh-God authored… “time” began“. The Holy Spirit’s use of types and antitypes was to point people to Christ by “inspiring” (theópneustos or God-breathing into) human writers who documented both historical and prophetic events to tell God’s story.  

So, what’s a type and what does it have to do with a seed?  Romans 5:14 states that Adam was a “type” of Christ (and thus Christ is the antitype). A type is something that shows likeness but it is not a random thing that has a resemblance. It is a person, event, or thing that is either intentionally fashioned or appointed to bring to mind another because of the way it reminds you of the type. Therefore, something about the object examined has particular features that match, point to, or remind you of another.  

The type is the past reflection or imagery and the antitype is the subsequent likeness as it appears in a historical manifestation

The antitype is that which fulfills the previous predictive symbolic representation (refer to Strong’s G499). In some cases, the “anti” means in “place of” such as the antichrist will be a man coming to be a saviour in place of Jesus Christ (refer to 1st John 2:18 to 23 for such an example).  

Romans 5:14 uses the word “homoíōma” (Strongs G3666) which means a form, resemblance, likeness, shape, or similitude. Another word for type is “tupos” (refer to Strong’s G5179) which means a stamp, imprint, analogy, or shape (like a statue) with a style or resemblance specifically to act as a model for the purpose of reproducing.  

In a Biblical doctrinal sense, a type is a person or thing prefiguring a future (Messianic) person or thing. They are patterns (or copies), shadows of things to come, and parables. Consider the following Scriptures:

  • For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.” (Hebrews 10:1).
  • It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience” (Hebrews 9:9).
  • “Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.” (Hebrews 9:23).

It is written:

  • “All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 13:35).

The ultimate authorship of the Scripture is the Holy Spirit and the entire collection are object-lessons that God uses to teach His people about who He is and His plan.  

Not only is “pattern” the way God has chosen to reveal His redemption plan, but it is also how God trains His people as individuals to be obedient with a willing heart. It’s progressive. It’s a method of teaching people to respond to God’s grace with devotion.  

As the revelation of God deepens through His Word and His Spirit, people learn from history the guiding principles for everyday life; they begin to comprehend His unchanging values. It teaches us how to be pleasing to Him without going through the same mistakes as those who went before us. (Refer to 1st Corinthians 10:1 to 13).

It so happens that by doing a word study in the New American Standard Bible on the Greek words “tupos” (or Strong’s G5179) and “homoíōma” (Strong’s G3666 and Strong’s G3667) that the verses containing these words highlight the use of types and shadows in conjunction with redemption in increasing exposure. 

Here are just a few examples to demonstrate how these words are used.

  • “Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern [notice G5179] which he had seen.” (Acts 7:44).
  • “who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, “SEE,” He says, “THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN [notice G5179] WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN.” (Hebrews 8:5).
  • “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness [notice G3667] of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,” (Romans 6:5).
  • Jesus said, Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared [notice G3666] to a wise man who built his house on the rock. … “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like [notice G3666] a foolish man who built his house on the sand.” (Matthew 7:24, 26).
  • “Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared [notice G3666] to a man who sowed good seed in his field.” (Matthew 13:24).
  • The kingdom of heaven may be compared [notice G3666] to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.” (Matthew 22:2).
  • It is also written, “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness [notice G3667] of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,” (Romans 8:3).
  • He “… emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness [notice G3667] of men.” (Philippians 2:7).
  • So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint [notice G5179] of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25).

Thousands of years before Jesus Christ came to institute the New Covenant (Luke 22:20), God foretold that there would be a time when He would regenerate some human hearts with His indwelling Holy Spirit bringing about reconciliation to Him with the promise of entering His kingdom. It is written:

“… I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, “that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. “But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 11:19 to 21).

Isn’t that incredible? And the message is quite beautiful. It demonstrates that through our maturing, the law of God can be written in our hearts so that prescriptive laws are no longer required. Through faith in Jesus who introduced us to the Godhead, the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the indwelling Holy Spirit who illuminates us (by God’s grace) so that we can have fellowship with Him. 

This fellowship is a deep knowing and intimacy that allows us to abide with Him in an acceptable way without dictates; instead, it is with love through faith.  

The law of God written in a believer’s heart is the impulse originating from the Holy Spirit to act rightly in faith, love and freedom and in accordance with Christ’s teachings.  (Refer to Romans 8:4; Romans 3:31; Romans 7:22; 1st Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 5:22 to 23; Hebrews 8:10).

The Father demonstrated throughout history (as documented in the Old Testament) that His righteousness and justice cannot permanently dwell with unholy people although He loves His creation. He provided a temporary sacrificial system for repentance so that the willing person could be forgiven before Christ’s birth. Then He created a nation through His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 

In the process of time, He gave laws through Moses to the nation of Israel to teach them what holiness means through His laws. This nation would protect the Scripture that contained the history and the laws. The laws included Holy Days, methods of repentance, and social and moral governance that pointed to the Kinsman Redeemer, the promised Messiah, the Christ.  

Jesus preached for over 3 years that forgiveness and reconciliation were being offered to any person who would believe in Him as the Christ and repent. He used the Old Testament Scriptures, miracles, and parables to demonstrate His Deity and His birth made Him Human (so that He could be one of us but perfect. 

He fulfilled the Scriptural types and prophecies. Then came the final Passover; the appointed time.  

After Christ fulfilled the foreshadowed atonement (as the sacrificed Lamb of God) for the payment of the penalty of sin, the Father’s wrath was satisfied. The Age of Grace entered the historical timeline and the Father has been illuminating the hearts of all people who would receive the gift of faith in Christ’s atonement by the power of the Holy Spirit. He calls to people with His grace offering pardon and adoption. He also warns that the Age of Grace or the Church Age will end and a new era dedicated to fulfilling promises to Israel concerning Christ’s earthly reign will begin. (Refer to Romans chapter 11).  Just as the Church Age began with judgment (that Christ bore for us), the next age will have a period of judgment called the tribulation before Christ’s millennial reign.

Think about how wonderful God is in the fulfillment of His promise to make a New Covenant and create a new heart for those who accept it:

  • First, God takes care of future sins with the declaration of “forever pardoned” to those who fully rely on God’s gift of Christ for salvation.  
  • Then He gives these ones the ability to innately know what is pleasing and acceptable by His indwelling Spirit (the law of God personified and deposited within the heart).  
  • Then these ones abide from this relationship instead of continually striving to learn the application of the rules to every scenario. 
  • Because these adopted ones know their Father and are in constant communication with Him, they can know what would displease Him and what He would delight in.  
  • Because they love their Father, they want to make Him smile. 
  • Now as co-heirs with Christ, these ones willingly set themselves apart from the sinful ways of this world, renew their minds to be like Christ through the inspired Word, and, participate in God’s mission to share the good news of His grace.
  • One glorious day, these ones (resurrected or raptured) will join in a celebration with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in Heaven with immortal bodies.

Isn’t that fantastic! I am so grateful that I am one of these ones in covenant with Him. Friend, have you entered a covenant with the Redeemer? Not only that, I am in awe of my God because only God can create a Scriptural type! The reason no one else could do this is:

  • A type must have a well-defined attribute that belongs to the redemptive plan of God and it has to noticeably resemble that which it points to in the future (the antitype).
  • Both the type and antitype must be of Divine scheduling in history; an appointed time. Usually, there are centuries between the institution of the type and the fulfillment in the antitype which is a clear indication of God’s handiwork.  Only God can foretell history 100% of the time with 100% accuracy.
  • A type must be prophetic and predict the core meaning of the fulfillment. This is how a type is differentiated from the purely symbolic. 
  • A type is not the same as a likeness but a type has a likeness to the antitype.

So even in the permitted fall of the first Adam (a human son of God), we see God’s omniscient wisdom in how He masterfully planned redemption and executed it through the last Adam, (Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God). Next, we will explore how Adam was a type.

The Beauty in God’s Seed Plot is in His Design

So, if Scripture states that Adam was a type, we need to see what the link or the resemblance between Adam and Christ was. In Romans, Adam (the type) points to Jesus Christ (the anti-type) because they both implemented a pre-eminent influence on humanity. Adam introduced corruption and separation from God, and Christ brought salvation and reconciliation to God. Now then, how were these two considered pre-eminent? 

Let’s take a look at the word pre-eminence. Speaking of Jesus Christ, it is written:

  • “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:18).

The word pre-eminence used in this verse is “prōteúō” (Strong’s G4409) which means to be first in rank or influence. Its root comes from the word “protos” (Strong’s G4413) which means foremost in time, place, order, or importance; to be the beginning, best, the first of all subsequent, the former.

So, both Adam and Jesus Christ were the “protos” of a kind and all descendants from the respective kind would inherit their influence. Both Adam (the created) and Jesus (incarnated as begotten of the Father through the Holy Spirit) were perfect human sons of God at their first breath.

Since Adam transgressed before he had children, all descendants (or seed) inherited the corrupted attributes even if they never disobeyed a command. While God explained that sacrifice was the acceptable method of repentance for that time to Adam, Eve, Cain and Able, no further commands were given until Moses (Refer to Romans 5:14).  

Now let’s contrast this to those who are from Christ’s seed.

Since Jesus never sinned, all who are born of Christ inherit His righteous attributes.   

  • “And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.” (1st Corinthians 15:45 to 48).

Colossians 1:18 defines for us “those who are heavenly” in that the Scripture states that Jesus “is the head of the body, the church”, and that He is the first of a kind. He is preeminent (or the first of those who will be resurrected from the dead unto new life with God).  

  • “But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;” (1st Corinthians 15:35 to 43 New International Version).

So, the question is who is your prototype spiritually?  

We all have inherited Adam’s sin problem, but Jesus paid our penalty so that we could become born of Him spiritually. Both Adams’ actions had consequences for humanity. While everyone’s human body will need to be changed into an immortal state, the question is who will be your spiritual head (that is authority or pre-eminent influence)? 

  • “… if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. … For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2nd Corinthians 5:17 and 21).

God breathed life into Adam without a sin nature. Likewise, the Holy Spirit formed Jesus in Mary’s womb (so that He would be human) without a male progenitor so that He would not have Adam’s sin nature. He would be the last Adam. He has an uncorrupted human nature and He has a Divine nature because He was God. And as such, Jesus Christ, the Son of God was both human and divine. Can you imagine? God became one of us and bore the wrath due to us. The 2nd person of the Godhead being perfect took our place. 

How could we not love Him? I cannot reject Him.

  • “Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. “But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. “Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” (John 8:42 to 47).

There are two very important points related to the seed plot here:

  • First, Jesus challenged those who rejected Him to show Him where He was at fault; to prove to Him that He was a sinner. Refer to Strong’s G1651 for an explanation of the word “convicts” in this passage. They did not because they could not.  No one had ever witnessed or heard of Jesus sinning. Instead, they tried to attribute His supernatural miracles to an evil spirit.  If they had any evidence, they certainly would have brought it forward.  Jesus never sinned.
  • Secondly, Jesus called those who would not accept Him as being a child of the devil. He does not call them a child of Adam.  So, here we see that being a descendant of Adam without God’s seed (Christ’s pre-eminent influence on the heart) results in being under the headship of the Devil.   The LORD God prophesied about the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. We know that females do not naturally produce sperm as a biological function. It is written:  
  • So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her SeedHe shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:14 to 15).

So, is there a hint of something else with the Seed of the woman bruising the serpent’s head? Does Scripture refer to an original analogy of a “serpent”? It is written:

  • So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9).
  • “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself (speaking of Jesus the Son of God) likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,” (Hebrews 2:14).
  • He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.” (1st John 3:8 to 10).

So while a regenerated person will sin, they repent, renew their minds with the Word, and put on Christ. They remain blameless in the sight of God because they are spiritually born of Christ’s Seed.  The regenerated person wants to repent, wants to grow in the knowledge of God, and wants to be like Christ.

  • For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man… I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:22 and 25).

When Jesus taught the parable of the wheat and the tares growing together in one field, He gave the following interpretation: 

  • The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. “The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. “Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.” (Matthew 13:38 to 40).

So then, the Scriptures refer to the Devil having a corrupted type of wheat called tares (refer to Strong’s G2215); they are fruitless people who live without faith from God.  

While human beings are physically Adam’s seed, we will all be spiritual seeds of either Christ or the Devil. Praise God, it is written:

  • For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26 to 28).

Before God created time (Titus 1:2 to 3), God set out a plan to create loving, obedient beings that reflect His image and who operate from their desire to glorify God eternally (Ephesians 1:4 to 6).  He did this knowing some angels and humans would be corrupted given free will (Revelation 17:8).  But because God wants mutual love and not robots, He allows it (Luke 13:23 to 24; Ezekiel 18:32; and 2nd Peter 3:9).  The beauty in God’s seed plot is that He uses the enemy’s very evil nature to bring about redemption (1st Corinthians 2:6 to 8). He unfolds His plan throughout time using types and shadows (1st Peter 1:10 to 11 and Hebrews 9) to reveal His nature to sinners (Romans 16:25; John 3:16 to 17 and Hebrews 1:1 to 2). He uses His prophetic Word in history (2nd Peter 1:19 to 21), the preaching of His chosen Redeemer (John 1:29 and Philippians 2:7), and His Spirit-filled redeemed children (Mark 16:15 to 16; Revelation 5:9; and 1st Peter 1:17 to 21) to accomplish His purposes.

The beauty in God’s redemptive narrative will not be fully known until we are with Him. I can’t even imagine.

  • “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1st John 3:1 to 2).

Now, for every redeemed child of God, the next verses (from Romans 5:15 onward) become so much more marvellous. How powerful is grace? Well…  if you enjoy understanding (1) your assurance in grace and (2) the victory to overcome, please join me in Part 2 of this study. You’ll see why Christ as the Head of the Church (the Bride of Christ) means everything!

Friend, if you have not yet accepted God’s gift of grace by believing that the one and only begotten Son of God came to earth, died in the way Scripture foretold, and rose again as eyewitnessed to never die again so that you could be free to live under His Headship, I’d like to invite you to talk to Him.

None of us knows when our last breath will be, and God has created “time” in which He reaches out with His redemptive story, offering all who will receive faith in Christ the opportunity to switch Lords. You see, we will all be under someone’s authority. The question is, who are you willing to submit to? The Christian life is not easy, but it is full of joy, peace and love. If these things are given to you by the Sovereign of the universe, no one can take them away. In your own words, you can ask God to reveal Himself and Jesus Christ, His Son, to wash your record of sin away, and to live within you to give you the power to overcome while you live out the remainder of your life. There is no time like the present to switch kingdoms. If you want more information, has more historical and Scriptural evidence that Jesus was and is who He said He was. Thank you.

All Scripture in this blog is from the New King James Version unless otherwise specified.

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