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How is Jesus Christ the 'SECOND ADAM'?

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I have heard Jesus referred to as the 'Second Adam' or as the 'Last Adam'. These terms seem to come from Romans 5:12-19 and 1 Corinthians 15:45-49.

What do you think is meant by the idea that Christ is the 'Second Adam'?

I know there are lots of commentaries out there, but I am mainly interested in hearing your ideas and points of view.

You may want to discuss Comparable ideas, for example: both Adam and Jesus were foreordained, volunteered to take significant roles in the plan of salvation, and were not born to mortal parents in the normal manner. You may want to discuss Contrasting ideas, for example: through Adam we have our physical birth and physical and spiritual death were introduced, while through Jesus we have our spiritual rebirth and physical and spiritual death were overcome. Or you may want to address ways in which Adam is a Type (or is symbolic) of Christ.

Please share your ideas, whether profound or simple.

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"As Adam brought death, so Christ brought life; as Adam is the father of mortality, so Christ is the father of immortality.

And without both, mortality and immortality, man cannot work out his salvation and ascend to those heights beyond the skies where gods and angels dwell forever in eternal glory." -Bruce R McConkie

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Adam brought physical birth to the family of man, Christ brings spiritual birth to the family of man.

Adam partook of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thereby giving us the Godlike ability to choose for ourselves. Christ is the fruit of the tree of life where we can use this ability to do the will of the Father. Adam provided the way, Christ is the way.

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Here is a way in which Adam can be seen as a type of Christ:

Christ voluntarily chose to take on a mortal body in order to save his fallen brothers and sisters.

After Eve partook of the fruit, she was condemned to a mortal, fallen condition. If Adam had chosen to stay in Eden, she would have been forever lost. But instead, Adam voluntarily chose to leave his paradise and partake of mortality with her. He fell, that men might be.

In a very real sense, Adam's fall made it possible for Eve to be redeemed, since through their posterity the Messiah came and opened the way for their escape. Adam's voluntary fall made Eve's redemption possible.

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