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TITLE: The First to Know Righteousness
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He was the first to REALLY know righteousness since that fateful day in the garden. The scriptures say that He was the first born among many brethren. There was only one other perfect man to walk the face of the earth…that man was the first Adam…at least before the fall.
Though there was a last man Adam that the scriptures speak of—He was an original. Unlike the first Adam, He chose righteousness over sin. Everyone before Him chose the path of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Him being the last man Adam came to redeem, restore, and show the world that through His example, we too could live a life of holiness before God.
Even after we’ve come to Him, if we sin and mess up, upon our repentance and confession, His blood was there to remove our sins as far as the east is from the west. You may ask, “How far is that?” Just start walking east, and when you meet west, there your sins will be. In other words, you’ll never meet west. God totally and completely wipes our sins from His remembrance. Because of the last man Adam, we can walk in continual freedom from fear and condemnation.
He was the first to know righteousness,
Choosing always to do what’s right.
Though He was tempted as a man,
He lived as the world’s light.
Though mistaken for a sinner,
And was reviled by those He knew.
This man just kept on loving,
Pouring His life out for me and you.
He was the last man Adam,
Yet He chose to die,
For all the world’s salvation,
His authority would not be denied.
He rose again victorious,
And sealed the devil’s fate.
That we could now have access
To God’s mighty, throne of grace.
Now we can also know righteousness,
By His Spirit, living in our hearts.
As we serve Him, and make Him Lord,
As God’s grace, He continually imparts.
Colossians 1:17-18 And He is before all things, and by Him, all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things, He might have the preeminence.
Scripture references: Romans 8:29, Genesis 2-3, 1 Corinthians 15:45-47, 1 John 1:8-10, Psalm 103:12, Hebrews 4:15, Matthew 11:19, John 3:16-17, and Hebrews 4:16.
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