Updated: Apr 11
Second Adam from above, reinstate us in thy love.
Charles Wesley 1707-1788
Back in 1980, I heard Evangelist Homer Smith make the observation that when Eve partook of the forbidden fruit, she was not kicked out of the garden. It wasn't until Adam partook that they both lost paradise. He then pointed out that though he himself was prone to sin, he would not lose paradise until the second Adam (Jesus Christ) sinned and that would never happen.
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God, I John 3:9. Fundamentalists have had a hard time with that verse. Just recently, I heard a good message get marred by the speaker changing the verse to read "doth not continually practice sin". That is not what the verse says. It says, doth not commit sin.
That has long vexed readers who notice that the Apostle John in the very same epistle warned, If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us, I John 1:8. How do we reconcile two such verses? Fundamentalists have traditionally reconciled them by changing one of them. In doing so they obscure an important truth. When a person is born again, a new man is born within them that cannot sin because it is born of the very seed of Jesus Christ.
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness, Ephesians 4:24. That new man is truly holy. It is sinless. The Apostle Paul admonishes us to put on that new man. Whether or not a Christian chooses to walk after the flesh which cannot stop sinning, or to walk in the new man is his own choice. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would, Galatians 5:16, 17.
Our second Adam bequeathed us a godly heritage. He birthed his own righteousness into our new man. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, II Corinthians 5:21. If the devil wanted to take me to hell, he would need to find a way to get my new man to sin. He will never find it. It is born of God.