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Two different families in 1 Corinthians 15:22

Two different families in 1 Corinthians 15:22


 


By Ron Bedell


 


1 Corinthians 15:22 does not teach Universalism, but rather it teaches two different families.


 


 The first family is the human family with the disobedient and sinful Adam is the father of all mankind.


 


The second family is God’s family and a spiritual family with Jesus Christ is the head and Father of God’s family.


 


Death (physical and spiritual) came to all those related to Adam through conception and natural birth.


 


Eternal life came to all those related to God through the obedience of another Man (Jesus Christ).


 


“The first man—Adam—disobeyed God. By (this) man came death—both spiritual and physical death because of his transgression (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 5:12-21). In contrast by Man—Jesus Christ—also came the resurrection of the dead for all those who believed in Him (John 11:25-26). Because mankind is in Adam, all of mankind will die (both physically and spiritually). However, in Christ all who have believed in Him for eternal salvation shall be made alive (both physically and spiritually). Paul in this passage is referring only to the believers in the Church (Body of Christ) and not the unbelieving dead.


 


In this passage Paul writes about three entities—the resurrected Christ, those who have fallen asleep in Christ (dead believers), and those who are still alive at the coming of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:18, 20, 23).” (The Grace New Testament Commentary, Vol. 2, pp. 759-760)


 


How do you enter God’s family?


 


John 3:1-7


 


There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:


The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.


Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.


Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?


Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.


That which is born of the flesh is flesh (Adam’s family); and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (God’s Spiritual family).


Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.


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