Element 4 – It Takes God To Be Human

4. It Takes God to Be Human

We all were born into Adam. We were all born into an old, fallen, corrupt humanity. Strikingly, God has chosen not to renovate, improve, or correct the old humanity. Instead, He has chosen to do one thing with it. Crucify it. We got into Adam by birth. The only way to get out of him and his race is by death. And the  only way to get into Christ is by birth. New birth. Note Paul’s words: “Knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with Him” (Rom. 6:6), and “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20).

You aren’t really human until you’ve died and risen again. The good news is that this has already happened (Rom. 6-8). The old Adam cannot be cosmetically adjusted, repaired, or improved. He must be put to death. Jesus Christ was a living portrait of God’s thought for humanity. He was the true human. In His resurrection, Jesus became the Head of a new humanity that transcends the old distinctions of race and gender (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:10-11; 2 Cor. 5:17). The Man, Jesus, is what God intended humanity to be. He was a Person who lived by God’s life. In the same way, every person today who lives by the life of God is revealing their true humanity.

So it takes God to be human. Adam and Eve were offered the Tree of Life in the garden. But they never partook of it. God’s intention from the beginning was for humans to live by divine life. And here’s the good news: Jesus Christ is the reality of the Tree of Life. He has been offered to us today to partake of (John 6:57). We can partake of Him now and thus be fully human and part of a new humanity—a new creation—a new kind of human. What a beautiful way to present the gospel to those who don’t know Jesus: Here is a way to become fully human. Receive Jesus Christ, the Head of the new humanity.

No other religion offers such a glorious prospect.

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This article is an extract from of Frank Violas Book – ‘Revise Us Again’ for more info Click Here

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