Fifth Month 15

As Light Is Sown

So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven … – 1 Corinthians 15:45-47 and 49 (NIV)

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Paul, like many others who later pondered the Genesis texts, adds his own interpretations. The “last Adam” is, of course, Christ.

In my own reading, I distinguish between Jesus, the historical human, and Christ, a power that comes upon Jesus, infusing him with divinity. According to the gospel of John, this power is something that exists from the very beginning of the cosmos and will continue to the end of time. I believe that it is something we, too, share and experience in our worship; to a degree, we are filled as…

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