1 Corinthians 15:21-22
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.…
I. THE POINTS OF RESEMBLANCE between these two beings as traced out in different parts of Scripture.
1. Adam was the immediate creation of God. He had no other father — neither had Christ's human nature.
2. In the perfect beauty of holiness was Adam created. And of Christ we are told that He was "holy, harmless, undefiled."
3. The crown of dominion over the earth and the creatures was set upon the head of Adam; but this is more fully verified in the exalted humanity of Christ (Hebrews 2:8, 9).
4. Adam was transported from the part of the earth where he was created to Eden; Christ ascended from the world to the heavenly Paradise.
II. THE POINTS OF DISSIMILARITY between them. There is between them the distance of humanity and deity. Christ was able to vivify His own body. He was made a "quickening spirit"; but Adam "was made a living soul" only.
III. THE RELATION IN WHICH THESE PERSONAGES. STAND TO HUMAN BEINGS, and the manner in which it is formed. To Adam all stand related by a natural connection — our bond with Christ is a bond of faith.
IV. THE CONSEQUENCES ACCRUING TO US FROM THIS RELATION.
1. The baneful effects of our connection with Adam.
2. The benefits which come to us from our bond with Christ.
(J. Leifchild, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.