The Solidarity of Mankind

 As in Adam all die, in Christ all will be made alive” (I Corinthians 15:22).

Our modern Christian culture has become so immersed in individualistic philosophy that we have lost sight of the Biblical description of what it means to be human …

The Bible describes humanity as fallen in Adam and made righteous in Christ (Romans 5:18). It describes humanity as reconciled to the Father in Christ (Colossians 1:20). It describes humanity as living, moving and having its being in Him (Acts 17:28).

So, to be human is to be fallen in Adam but made righteous in Christ. To be human is to live and move and have your being in Him and be reconciled to the Father in him. The call of the gospel is that we would believe these truths about ourselves and stop believing the lies that say we are unloved and cast out of the life of God …

From a human point of view we see each individual as separate and cut off from his fellow human beings and from God. But Paul tells us to no longer regard anyone from a human point of view and instead to see our solidarity in Christ.

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more” (II Corinthians 5:16).

 Jonathan Stepp
Neo-Reformation

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