The Kingdom of Light

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

1 Corinthians 15:45–Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

We all know the story of God creating Adam, then Eve in the Garden, or the first man.  What an earth shaking, momentous, in the history of time, event.  The first man to walk this earth but he fell and was removed from the garden.  He was created of dust just as we are; ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

God had another plan even more earth shaking than the first man.  Thousands of years later He created a new race, a new man, a new Adam, a second Adam.  This second Adam came from heaven and gave eternal life.  

Before this second Adam (Jesus) could become a life-giving spirit, He had to die.  This was God’s new plan for a new race of man.  His Son died, and in His resurrection, He became the first-born from the dead.  It says first-born from the dead because God had many more children that would follow and be born from the dead.  

Romans 6:5–For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.  Colossians 1:18–And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

We are this new race of people and we have been born from the dead.  We inherited from the first Adam’s DNA but when we die and are born again, we inherit a new life, leaving the old life in our spiritual grave.  We now have a new DNA not of this world but of heaven, a new image.  Together we make up a holy nation.

1 Peter 2:9–But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Corinthians 15:49–Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.  1 Corinthians 15:48–As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.

God had another plan for the second Adam and His offspring.  They would become a holy nation within a new kingdom.  God created a kingdom of light for His Son before the foundation of the world that we might one day be transferred from the kingdom of darkness into His kingdom.  In this kingdom we eat of the tree of life not of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  He frees us from the dominion of darkness and transfers us in our new birth into His dominion of light and freedom from sin.  

Colossians 1:13–He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

We are those on His right.

Matthew 25:34–Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

The garden of Eden must have been amazing however, the kingdom of light He has prepared for us far exceeds the garden.  Just as Adam walked in the garden, we, the children of the second Adam, now walk in this kingdom of light.  

Revelation 1:6–and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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