Dribble from the pen

“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.”
By Reverend Ray
“Then said the old man, Thou lookest like an honest fellow; wilt thou be content to dwell with me for the wages that I shall give thee? Then I asked his name, and where he dwelt? He said his name was Adam the First, and that he dwelt in the town of Deceit.1”
There is a morbid reality that clings like a man’s shadow to him as he walks the chartered travel arrangements of his life. But he has not gained this baneful associate’s companionship by merits or rewards, but by inheritance. He is the heir apparent to Adam the first. The bequest has no disannul clause that would allow him to shed his baleful legacy. The eternal law of ascription has written it into the binding will of Adam the first. And, what is this privileged birthright that man is unable to erase from the folded pages of his life? It is death. It comes not by condition, circumstance or even chance, though these things may be the executioner of the will, but by Divine decree has been given to Adam the first and all his homogeneous descendants.
The Apostle Paul, in the greater context from which the passage cited above is being taken, establishes the central distinctive that separates man from his Creator, man is finite, he has an end that has been incorporated into his being through the first progenitor. Adam the first fell from his blessed estate by his single act of defiance against the holy nature of God and plunged himself and all of humankind into a state of death. Therefore, Paul makes the point here that death comes not because of succeeding progeny’s repeat of the same sin that Adam committed, but by virtue of his depraved state, he, man, is in a state of dying from the moment of conception.
For all of man’s genius, he has never discovered a cure for his inheritance or found legal tender that will abrogate his legacy. Man is the heir apparent of his father, Adam the first. Paul has drawn a vivid picture of the horrible state of man’s existence, not to overstate the obvious, otherwise man would take account of himself and the clinging garb of his patrimony. In spite, of the daily reminder of his reality man lives on in hopes that his denial will cancel out this reality in the end. John Bunyan allegorizes this pandemic deception in the figure of the Old man, Adam the first, who responses to Faithful’s question; “I asked him then what was his work, and what the wages that he would give. He told me that his work was many delights; and his wages, that I should be his heir at last. I further asked him, what house he kept, and what other servants he had. So he told me that his house was maintained with all the dainties of the world, and that his servants were those of his own begetting.2”
So, we see that Adam the first has no answer for the dilemma of his progeny and himself. And it is to this very debility that God has given us an answer. The Apostle thus responses; “But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.” (Rom. 5:15) Here it is that Paul introduces the Divine contradiction to Adam the first’s bestowal. Through Jesus Christ, Adam the second, God bestows life upon dead men, i.e., “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”(Eph. 2:4-7) Adam the second annuls the inheritance of Adam the first by the great love of God toward those He has made alive unto a new and living hope. To whose inheritance do you now pertain?
The Rev. Ray Druckenmiller is the Pastor at Manning Community Church.


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