WHI-1293 | Creation, Fall, & Redemption, Part 2

Sunday, 17 Jan 2016

On this program the hosts continue their series titled, The Story of God’s People. We are taking a look at the great characters and moments of redemptive history. In the book of Genesis man is created from the dust, and after the fall he is cursed with death and returns back to the dust from which he came. Yet is this the end of man? Is he forever doomed to live in the dust?

If you trace this theme through Scripture, you will discover that the Messiah himself was to be “laid in the dust of death” (Ps. 22:15), so that we could be raised to eternal life in him. In this program the hosts continue to unpack the themes found in the early chapters of Genesis as they continue their series, The Story of God’s People. Join us for this exciting episode of the White Horse Inn.

HOST QUOTE
“When you look at John chapter 20, the only way that passage makes any sense is if there is an Ezekiel 37 beforehand. The prophets had foretold of a time when the Messiah would come and the prophets were to preach to the bones that it was God who was to make them alive.
“What’s the old move? ‘I see dead people’? I think ministers have to get into the pulpit and say to themselves I see dead people and I am going to preach to these bones knowing that the same one who breathed on his disciples is going to breathe his life into these and is going to raise them from the dead. I can prophecy to those dead bones that God will breathe life into you and by proclaiming that, he does!”
– Kim Riddlebarger
TERM TO LEARN
Federal Representation/Theology
The entire human race is summarized in the two Adams. The first Adam was the federal head of the race under the covenant of works; the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the federal head of all believers under the covenant of grace. Thus, as the sin of Adam was legally and effectively our sin, so the obedience of Christ is legally and effectively the righteousness of all believers. The federal relationship in which Adam stood to the race was the ground of the imputation of his guilt to them and the judicial cause of their condemnation. And the law that condemned them could not justify them unless an adequate reparation should be made for the wrong done, a reparation they were incapable of making because of the corruption they inherited from Adam as their natural and federal head. To provide their salvation, the needed reparation had to be made by another who was not of federal connection with Adam and therefore was free from the imputation of his guilt. Federal theology represents these requirements as being met in Christ, the second Adam, in whom a new race begins. God had entered into covenant with him, promising him the salvation of all believers as the reward of his obedience. But the obedience required of him as the federal head of his people was more than the mere equivalent of that required of Adam. His representative obedience must include a penal death. And thus his resurrection victory is also the victory of the new humanity that has its source in him.
(Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, s.v. “Federal Theology.”)
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