Where Adam failed, we have been chosen as a part of the Church of Jesus Christ to be ambassadors to work for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
It is suggested that Adam was named after the dust of the ground from which he was formed, as illustrated in Genesis 2:7.
This thought is continued in Genesis 3:19, which reveals that we were made of dust and when we die it is to dust we will return.
In a sense, we are no different to the grass of the field which springs up, flourishes for a moment and then withers and falls (Isa. 40:6–8). Yet there is something preciously different about humankind because God formed Adamin His own image and then He breathed life into him in a way that was not done to the rest of creation.
In fact the literal translation of Genesis 2:7 is that God breathed the 'breath of lives' into man. Adam did not just have a physical life but he also possessed a soul and spiritual life, and he could commune with God who is Spirit (John 4:24).
It appears from Genesis 3:8 that God would regularly walk with Adam in the garden during the evening when they would have fellowship and talk together.
Scientists have calculated the worth of the human body as only a few pounds in currency for we are only made of common elements: but in reality the body is not the primary part of us. It houses our priceless inner life of soul and spirit.
Our soul gives us personality with emotions and thoughts, but it is primarily our spirit that enables us to contact and commune with our Creator.
When Adam sinned it was his spirit that was deadened, and it is that dead spirit that has been passed on to the rest of the human race like a faulty gene.
That is why Jesus said that we needed a spiritual birth in addition to our physical birth (John 3:3–8).
A new humanity
Just as the first Adam was the progenitor of the sinful human race, Jesus, the second Adam, is the One who gives life to a new people of righteousness (Rom. 5:12–21).
The hymnist wrote, “Breathe on me breath of God, fill me with life anew.” Indeed, we have received the treasure of the Holy Spirit into our physical bodies just as a clay jar might contain gold and precious jewels (2 Cor. 4:7).
As we study God’s people in Scripture we need to learn to avoid repeating their mistakes, but seek to emulate their faith and become the people God originally designed us to be.
Adam was created by God to be His image-bearer and to represent Him on earth. Where he failed, we have been chosen as a part of the Church of Jesus Christ to be ambassadors to work for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
Above all, we are not just dust of the ground; we have been born again by the precious Word of God and given eternal life, such that when our physical body dies it is actually a release of our spirit into Paradise with Christ.
For Further Study
1 Peter 1:23–25
1 Corinthians 15:20–58
2 Corinthians 5:1–8