1Cor. 15:45-49 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
How did we get in such a mess? How did our world become so complicated and so goofed up? When God created man, everything was much simpler, the world and everything in it flowed together in harmony. There was no sickness, strife , poverty, or lack; we were intended to live in a paradise. We know the rest of the story, Adam sinned and the rest is history. We have all born the brunt of Adam’s folly. As Paul said, we bare the image of the earthly man. Inside of all of us is the seed of death, the fallen nature that is alien and hostile toward God. He is not in our thoughts and our hearts are far from Him.
That brings us to the Last Adam, the Heavenly Man, the Lord Jesus from heaven. He came to represent the fallen race of Adam and to redeem a remnant of Adam’s fallen sons and daughters. That is what the cross was all about, we were purchased by His blood and have been implanted with the nature of this Heavenly Man. So now, if you have received His nature into your life, you are been changed into the glorious image of this Heavenly Man. As it says in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
This passage describes a supernatural transformation or as the original greek brings out, a metamorphosis of the Spirit. We are being changed into the image of Jesus Christ. We have born the image of the earthly, now we are bearing the image of the heavenly. We have been more than just forgiven, we have been changed. Paul said this change was from glory to glory. This phrase seems to imply from one degree of glory to the next. (The ESV Bible actually translates that verse in that way). If you are a Christian, you are being changed. Being forgiven is great but it is not good enough. The Lord is relentless and will not be satisfied until you and I bare the image of Christ, the Heavenly Man clearly in our lives.