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Sermon #5544

The Second Adam

A Sermon on the Second Adam from 1 Corinthians 15:47


1 Corinthians 15:47 ESV KJV
The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. (ESV)

Sermon Description

What does it mean that Jesus is the second Adam? Adam was the first man and head of all of humanity. But when he sinned, he brought sin upon all his descendants, and this sin meant that all were destined to die. In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:47 titled “The Second Adam,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains why Jesus is the only hope for the world because He is the new Adam. Just as Adam brought sin and death, Jesus will bring life and forgiveness of sins. As Adam was the head of the old humanity, Christ is the head of the new humanity and all of the new creation. The only way to be freed from sin and its consequence—death—is to believe in Jesus. All those that trust in Jesus will be perfected in the last day, freed from all sin and judgement. Jesus is the true light of the world and He alone can save sinners and make them right with God. This sermon calls all to forsake sin and come to Jesus. He alone makes all things new by His death and resurrection. He alone can reverse all the effects of the fall and Adam’s first sin. Jesus alone saves.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon begins by introducing 1 Corinthians 15:47 which contrasts the first man, Adam, with the second man, Jesus Christ.

  2. The sermon outlines how God dealt with the world through a representative man in both the old creation (Adam) and the new creation (Jesus).

  3. In the old creation, God made a perfect world and then made a perfect man, Adam, and put him in it. In the new creation, God started with the perfect man, Jesus, and will end by producing a perfect world.

  4. The first man, Adam, was created and came from the earth. The second man, Jesus, was not created and came from heaven.

  5. Adam was made in the image of God but Jesus is the image of God. Jesus is the Son of God, not just a man.

  6. Adam was put into a perfect world but Jesus came into a sinful, fallen world.

  7. Adam failed and disobeyed God which brought sin, judgment, misery and death. Jesus obeyed God perfectly which brought righteousness, peace, joy and life.

  8. Jesus undid all the work of Adam and infinitely more. He brought life where Adam brought death.

  9. Those who believe in Jesus, the second Adam, no longer belong to the first Adam but become children of God. They will be made perfect and dwell in the new perfect world with Jesus.

  10. The incarnation of Jesus in Bethlehem was the first move in God's new creation. Out of Jesus, God is producing a new humanity and will restore the whole cosmos.

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Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.