The historical Adam

Pastor Jeff Struecker

Last week we began to look at the tragedy of all tragedies. There’s no more sad story in the history of humanity than the story of when our first parents sinned. We learned last week that God and everything God created is perfect. He put His image into the people He created, which means that God made the first human beings perfect, then something happened that plunged all of humanity into sin.

Today, I want to dig a little bit deeper. I want to take a look at Adam as a real human being. Did you know that in the last 150-200 years, some of the best Bible scholars in the world who study theology and the Bible argued with one another about the name Adam and they’ve asked the question, was that a real dude or was he just a name to refer to all of humankind? They were asking whether Adam was a real man or was he just a representation of man? Was he real? Or was he just a metaphor for the People that God created?

And I’m just going to tell you what I believe right out of the gate. I think that God created everything that we see in six days, and I believe that God really created a man, a human being named Adam. And for me, this doesn’t come from Genesis chapter three or two alone. This comes from the new testament. In fact, I’m going to put a verse of the Bible in front of you, and then I’m going to ask you to memorize this verse of the Bible.

This verse is found in 1 Corinthians 15:45, and here’s what the Bible says.

Memory Verse

What the Bible is describing for us is that there really, really was a guy by the name of Adam. God used His hands to take the dirt of the ground and fashion it into a man, and then He really did breathe the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils.

Now you may be sitting there thinking to yourself, Jeff, this was so long ago; who cares? Let me answer this question by asking you a question: Do you know anything about your great great grandparents? I’m talking about four generations ago. Chances are, they lived long enough ago that you don’t know them, and your family doesn’t remember them well enough to have taught you stories about them. Still, you inherited some of who they are and what makes you who you are, and I’m telling you that because the fact that you’re a descendant of your great-great-grandparents has the same importance that you are a descendant of Adam.

Now I want to leave you with an exercise; here’s a challenge, and I want you to think about it. Here it is:

A Challenge