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The Last Adam, Christ, Became a Life-giving Spirit

by Tom Smith

In 1 Corinthians 15:45 the Apostle Paul said, “The last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.”

From the context of 1 Corinthians 15, it is clear that the “last Adam” is Christ. That’s because this “last Adam” is also the “second man” who is “out of heaven” in verse 47. Surely Christ is the unique man with the divine origin and the heavenly nature (John 1:1, 14).

The last Adam became a life-giving Spirit

But I’m afraid that few Christians would be so bold to affirm according to this clear word of the Bible that Christ today is the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17).  Fear of being considered heretical might cause some believers to avoid declaring what the Bible plainly says.

However, if we have the proper understanding of Christ being the life-giving Spirit we’ll realize that it is neither heretical nor aberrant. It’s “biblical,”  and even more, it’s absolutely vital to our daily Christian life.

Without Christ being the life-giving Spirit in resurrection, He could never indwell our spirit to be our life (2 Tim. 4:22; Rom. 8:10)

But before we delve into this divine mystery, let’s make one point of clarification…

Read more: http://holdingtotruth.com/2017/06/18/christ-became-life-giving-spirit/

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Was Paul the Founder of Christianity?

By: Brian Chilton | May 30, 2017

Skeptics, such as Gerd Ludemann, charged Paul for being the actual founder of Christianity. Such ideas come from either a belief that Jesus never addressed difficult topics, or a belief that Paul was too radical in his teachings for it to have come from Jesus. Both views are inherently wrong. A closer examination of the New Testament reveals that Jesus and Paul are found to be in close alignment in their theological moorings. Evidence suggests that Paul often quoted Jesus in his epistles. Craig Blomberg, in his book The Historical Reliability of the New Testament, reveals six areas where Jesus and Paul’s theology are closely aligned. So was Paul the founder of Christianity? Let’s examine the evidence.

Jesus and Paul express the same views on justification. The kingdom of God is central to the Synoptic Gospels appearing more than 100 times.[1] In contrast, the term only appears a mere 14 times in the letters of Paul. The central theme of Paul’s letters is on justification by faith. However, noting the misunderstanding that the Greco-Roman world would have with the kingdom of God and the close-alignment that Paul’s justification by faith has with the teachings of Jesus, then one begins to see a marvelous parallel. Jesus says four times that a person’s faith has saved, or healed them. For instance, at a dinner one evening, Jesus was approached by a woman who anointed him with expensive oil from an alabaster jar. The Pharisees were critical of Jesus’s allowance of this sinful woman to touch him. After angering the Pharisees by telling the woman that her sins were forgiven, Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace” (Luke 7:50).[2] The Jesus tradition predates the writing of Paul’s epistles, therefore, one can postulate that Paul learned his theology on justification from Jesus.

Continue at: https://bellatorchristi.com/2017/05/30/was-paul-founder-of-christianity/

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