1 Corinthians 15:47-49
The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.…
I. THE REDEEMER OF THE WORLD IS THE HEAVENLY.
1. The Scriptures represent Him as the express character of God's person, the brightness of His glory. The perfections of the Divine nature indeed shine forth in all the works of creation; but there is a clearer and more glorious display of them all in "God manifest in the flesh."
2. His life and character demonstrate Him to be the Heavenly.
II. THE POINTS OF SIMILARITY BETWEEN THE HEAVENLY AND THOSE WITH WHOM HE STANDS CONNECTED.
1. That we may be humble, contemplate the dissimilarity. There is in Him the complete perfection of those various graces and virtues of which, in the saints, there is only an extremely remote resemblance.
2. But although the dissimilarity be great, there is an obvious similarity.
(1) In heavenliness of mind. A carnal Christian is a contradiction in terms.
(2) In faith. Like Christ, they put their trust in their heavenly Father.
(3) In being of a devotional spirit.
(4) In humility.
(5) In their conversation.
(6) In active goodness.
Parallel VersesKJV: The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.