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Is Christ the Son of Adam?

Submitted: 3/28/2013
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Question: I am clear with the answers except the 1st question, did Christ partake in the flesh of Adam? Is He qualified to be the Son of Adam? Which verse of the Bible reads that Christ is the son of Adam? Is not the first man Adam from the earth(dust) and the second man Christ from Heaven? So what does 1 Cor.15:45 teach expressly? 'So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.' Thanks!

Answer: First, Luke 3:23-38 traces the genealogy of Jesus directly to Adam, the first man. Second, throughout the Gospels Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man. In Hebrew this term is Ben Adam (literally the Son of Adam). Third, as I have already referenced, Hebrews 2:14 says, 'Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death....' This verse shows that the flesh of Jesus was the same as ours. This is because He descended directly from Adam on His mother's side. It also tells us that the reason He needed to have the same flesh as ours was so He could die. Death was pronounced upon Adam as the consequence for His sin. As the man who committed no sin, Jesus died in our behalf as the last Adam. Paul described Jesus as the 'heavenly man' to identify Him as God manifested in the flesh, not to indicate that His flesh was different from ours. The idea that Jesus had 'heavenly flesh' is an old heresy. Please see the article 'A Review of Teklemariam’s Book Bible Writers’ Theology' by William Chalfant. It can be found on the Apostolic Free Library on this website.