“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” Romans 5: 14
The first Adam was only a shadow of the substance, namely the Lord Jesus Christ. The first Adam was a type, but Jesus is the reality. Adam was not the fullness of God’s desire and does not represent the full desire or intention of God. He did not represent the complete image and likeness of what God wanted. When the Almighty God created man upon the earth, His intention was to bring forth a man of a much higher order. Adam, however, fell from that place into sin. So when we see the redemptive work of God we should realize that the purpose of God is not only to recover man from the fall but it goes beyond. God’s desire is to raise the race of Adam to a level far above sin, beyond the forgiveness of sin and reserving a place in heaven!
Was God’s end purpose achieved when the race of Adam was saved from sin through the Lord Jesus Christ? No, not at all. Saving mankind from sin was the first step in the whole process of redemption. When God created Adam He intended something specific and tremendous through Adam but that intention of God has not been fulfilled because of Adam’s sin. Now God in His redemptive work is lifting up the race of Adam from sin through the work of Jesus upon the cross. Oh praise God that Jesus came, died for us and rose up again from the dead. But this is not the end of God’s plan and purpose. God’s redemptive plan begins when one takes the first step and is born again. But there is yet a further work of the Holy Spirit that needs to be done to bring about a further transformation. God would like the redeemed man to be like the first Adam before he fell and moved on to the very fullness of the intentions of God. Therefore, it is not enough to be saved from sin. This does not mean that the work of Christ is of little value. It means that God desires His people to have the nature of the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ who never had any sin in Him. The man who has been saved from sin needs to be available to God so that the full intentions of God can be realized. The scope of our redemption is much greater than we normally think. God’s redemptive work has many more far-reaching implications than meets the eye.
The first chapter of Ephesians is really remarkable. It is a window to the true purposes of God. Therein we can see what God intended through Jesus Christ before the foundations of the world. There are many verses that increase our understanding of God’s purposes, but here are a few verses that transport us into the very thoughts of God. “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven , and which are on earth; even in him: “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” “And had put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is the body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all”.
Ephesians 1:10, 18, 22
Beloved, may God, the Holy Spirit, open your eyes of understanding to see the great calling upon your life. It is not merely to be saved from sin. Our calling is not merely to go to heaven to be with the Lord. It is not only to have peace and joy in this strife-torn world. God wants us to be the full expression of His purposes. So, when we talk of restoration we do not limit its scope to the recovery of man to a place one is forgiven of his sins.
True restoration covers a much larger area as it embraces the entire and full intentions of God for mankind. Let us not look at restoration as merely a backward going; in its true content it is not a restoration of something which has been lost but it is primarily a moving forward. We can be sure that the laws and foundational principles in the church will be restored back to the church; that is the first and foremost thing. But her restoration goes beyond, to taking her rightful place beside the Bridegroom in the ages to come. The church today has to march forward from a place of merely appreciating and gathering themselves to the truth of the word to a place of being the ultimate and full expression of God’s purposes upon this earth.