In 1 Corinthians 15:45 reference is made to the “first” and “last” Adams. The two Adams are alike in that they had a supernatural birth. The Genesis Adam was made by God from the dust of the ground and the “last Adam,” Jesus Christ, was virgin born.
They were both sinless in their birth, untainted by human iniquity, and both had a powerful influence upon humanity. The first Adam left a trail of sin, and the last Adam brought redemption to fallen man.
The first Adam, by the exercise of his mutable will, fell in sin, and we fell with him. “In Adam all die” [1 Corinthians 15:22]. The superiority of Jesus Christ, the “last Adam” is evident. He is more than just a divine man, He is the Son of God. He had superior holiness, for it was impossible for Christ to sin. He was tempted but triumphant over sin.
The “first Adam” brought death. The “last Adam” brings eternal life.
One final similarity between the two Adams is that each needed a bride. The first Adam slept, and bore a scar in the area from whence God took Eve. Jesus Christ slept the deeper sleep of death and bears in His body the marks of the purchase of His spotless bride, the church. There is a question every Christian needs to ask: is the influence of the first Adam or the last Adam the dominant force in my life today?