Second Man, Second Birth

Second Man, Second birthIn Revelation 21:1 John says, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away.” In the Bible, God’s choice is the second, not the first. His eternal choice is the second (new) heaven and earth, not the first (old) heaven and earth. Here are three other situations where God chose the second.

In Romans 9:10-13 God selected Jacob (the second born) and rejected Esau (the first born).

First Corinthians 15:45 to 47 tell us, “So also it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living soul’; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit. But the spiritual is not first but the soulish, then the spiritual: the first man is out of the earth, earthy; the second man is out of heaven.” The following verses go on to speak of the change from corruption and death (in the first man, Adam) to incorruption and victory (in the second man, Christ)

In Hebrews 10:9 Christ speaks to God, “Behold, I have come to do Your will’” then the verse continues, “He takes away the first that He may establish the second.” Jesus offered Himself to accomplish the will of God and thus the first (old) covenant was taken away to be replaced by the second (new) covenant.

How should we respond? We were firstly born into Adam and secondly born again of the Spirit. Our first birth does not qualify us to be part of New Jerusalem but our second birth does. Now we put aside the fallen living of our first birth and take the milk of the Lord’s word to grow unto salvation (1 Peter 2:1-3). This salvation is for our building up (1 Peter 2:4-6) which ultimately leads us to New Jerusalem.

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  1. I appreciate seeing that God’s choice is the second, not the first. As you point out, this choice is certainly revealed through out the Bible in a number of different aspects – new creation, new covenant, second man, new Jerusalem, etc.

    I’m thankful for our second birth – this is the one that really counts in the eyes of God. It is this birth, not our natural birth, that qualifies us to enjoy the New Jerusalem.


    • Yes, God is so merciful to give us a second/new birth to become part of the second/new man and qualify us to apprehend all of the second/new covenant.



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