God made man in His image (resemblance, figure, and representative) and likeness (similitude, manner, and functionality), gifted with the power of choice. He sure didn’t want robots and puppets to push around. Rather, in His authentic love for man, He desired that man would choose Him the same way He had chosen us. Unfortunately man didn’t use his God-given freedom of choice to choose God, instead, he rejected God, became defiant and unsubmissive to Him in the grandest form of treachery R.C Sproul has described as cosmic treason.
Adam’s refusal of God’s authority and knowledge is summed up in Romans 5:19 as disobedience. Adam was the first man and a representative of mankind, as a result, his choice became the choice of the human race. Everyone born out of him sadly inherits his disobedience and its consequences, Ephesians 2:2 call them ‘children of disobedience’; they belong to disobedience as children belong to parents and carry their traits.
This is the good news! The first man was the first Adam, but not the last Adam. Christ Jesus became the last Adam but unlike the first Adam, He was obedient, subversive and fully compliant to God which culminated in His (sacrificial and substitutionary) death. By the same token, everyone born of the last Adam inherits His obedience and is liberated from the consequences of disobedience- ‘even so through the obedience of the One shall many be made righteous.’ (Romans 5:19)
As we commemorate the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus I pray we will not forget that because of our faith in Christ Jesus, we are now children of obedience; the offspring of the obedient One with the traits of obedience in us. The first Adam’s disobedience ruined us, but the obedience of the second Adam saves us — His satisfying of the law (which was that He should fulfill all the righteousness demands of God in the flesh), and then offering of Himself as a punishment for disobedience has saved us.
“Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8- What we celebrate is Christ’s obedience unto death (a cursed, excruciating, and disgraceful death befitting children of disobedience). Although He also had the power choice to lay down His life and to take it again (John 10:18), He chose to obey the will of God when He laid down His life to redeem mankind back to God. Now, those who put their faith in Christ Jesus cease to be children of disobedience and object of wrath but are now children of obedience and object of God’s mercy and amazing grace- endued with the gift of righteousness and the forgiveness of sin.