The Victorious Christian Life

A Lesson Series for the Earnest Christian

© 2002 by Thomas W. Finley, 2013 Revised Edition

Lesson Five: How God Transferred Us from Adam into Christ

From one perspective, we have very little to do with our transfer from Adam into Christ. Yet, we derive all of the benefits. Now we begin to see the identification truths.

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” (1 Cor. 1:30)

“For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” (Col. 1:13)

God delivered us from the fallen Adamic race through Christ. The first step of this deliverance was for Christ to become a man, to be united with mankind. “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us“ (Jn. 1:14, KJV). Christ joined the human race as the “last Adam” (1 Cor. 15:45), the final federal head of man. He did this so that He could more than undo the damage done to man through the fall.

We should note that when Christ became flesh, He was not identified with man in man’s sinful condition. Christ knew no sin in His human living (Heb.4:15). As we shall see, it was only on the cross that Christ became identified with man’s sinfulness.

In His death on the cross, Christ dealt with a number of man’s problems, but for our study purposes here, we will speak of only two of these problems. Firstly, He dealt with man’s sins, man’s record of unrighteous actions before God.

“By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all...He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God.” (Heb. 10:10-12)

However, as we have seen, we have a deeper problem than our sins. In Adam, we ourselves are sinners. Our very constitution is wrong! So, Christ also came to deal a death blow to the sin principle that reigns within man.

“For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” (Rom. 8:3, KJV)

In this verse we see the mind and intention of God. Christ was identified with the fallen Adamic race by being “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (not the reality of sinful flesh) in order to deal with sin itself (the sin principle within man). God judged the sin within man at the cross. He condemned it to the death it deserved in the eyes of a holy and righteous God. On the cross, Christ not only took upon Himself the sins of the world (1 Pet. 2:24), but He also became sin itself in the eyes of God, so that God could fully judge sinful man.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)

Thus, at the cross, in Christ, God judged not only what we have done, but also who we were – sinners. There at the cross God dealt with who we were as sinful men, so that He could then righteously remove us from Adam and create us anew in Christ.

Praise the Lord that we did not have to bear this punishment! Christ bore it for us!

This matter is clearly seen in Romans 6:6. Romans 6:6 is a key verse in experiencing the victorious Christian life. Here we bring into focus our transfer from Adam into Christ.

“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be made powerless, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” (Rom. 6:6, NASB, marginal rendering)

In the Amplified Version this important verse reads:

“We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body, [which is the instrument] of sin, might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin” (Rom. 6:6, AMP)

What exactly is “our old man” that was crucified with Christ? It is our former self, characterized by the sinful disposition within fallen men in Adam. Christ, as the Last Adam, took all that we were to the cross and we were crucified with Him there. As the rest of the verse (Romans 6:6) and context state, the purpose of our being crucified with Christ is that the power and dominion of sin can now be broken in our lives. More will be said about this in a future lesson.

Christ’s first step to deliver fallen mankind was to become flesh. His second step was to be a sacrifice for sins, and to condemn sin in the flesh, thus putting to death what we were in Adam. God’s third step was to raise us up as a new creation in Christ.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:4-6)

The secret of the transfer

We were there “in Christ” at the cross, and we were there being made alive with Christ (as a new creation), being raised up with Him. The secret of our transfer from Adam to Christ is that we, as believers, are joined with Christ in His death and in His resurrection. Christ ended His relationship with the fallen race and sin at the point of His death on the cross. He died to His identification with sin after He was judged at the cross in our place. “For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all” (Rom. 6:10). Then, “Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father” (Rom. 6:4), in order to live in resurrection to God (Rom. 6:10).

Romans chapter 6 is a crucial chapter for the victorious Christian. This chapter tells us that because of our union with Christ we share in Christ’s victory. We learn here that we “died to sin” by being included in His death (6:2-3). This means that our relationship with sin has undergone a radical change now that we are believers. Formerly, as sinners in Adam, sin reigned within us and was our master (Rom. 6:17). But, the good news is that we share in Christ’s death (Rom. 6:3), and “the death that He died, He died to sin.” (Rom. 6:10). Therefore, sin no longer has any right to rule over us, and we can successfully resist its appeals to us to commit sins. This passage goes on to tell us that in resurrection the life which “He [Christ] lives, He lives to God” (Rom. 6:10). We also now share in this life lived to God: “so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4). “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6:11). Thus, we can freely present ourselves to God to live righteously (Rom. 6:13). We share in the power of Christ’s resurrection and Christ’s life so that we can freely do God’s will.

Let us be sure here to separate spiritual fact from potential experience. The spiritual facts are these: we were crucified with Christ and we were raised up in resurrection with Christ. In this resurrection we have a new life, not like the old life in Adam. These facts have already happened in the spiritual realm. We have already been transferred out of Adam into Christ. These momentous spiritual facts prepare us for the potential of great spiritual experience – a life actually lived dead to sin and alive to God.

Here is an illustration. Let’s say that I buy an airplane ticket to go from Charlotte to Seattle. Once I get on board, I do nothing to get to Seattle. I just sit in the plane. The powerful jet does all the work as it revs up, takes off and climbs into the sky. Then it flies 600 mile per hour into head winds and lands in Seattle. How did I get to Seattle? I was just there in the plane. Wherever it went, I went. It did all of the work. Once we receive Christ it is like boarding the plane. He has done all of the work to transfer us from our old place in Adam to our new place in Christ. Even when we receive Him now, in the 21st century, we receive His history of almost 2,000 years ago when He was crucified and resurrected.

The transfer we have talked about relates to our position, where we are in God’s eyes. From His eternal perspective, we have been transferred from our place, or position, in Adam to our new position in Christ. As those “in Christ” we are united with Him in His experience of death and resurrection. Yet, we must go on to see that our experience is a different matter than our position. According to our position, we have died to sin and have been made alive together with Christ. But according to our experience, our actual living, this surely is not always the case! We must have great confidence that Christ has done all of the work to get us out of Adam into Christ, yet a life of faith is needed in order to have this fact become evident in our living. We will explore this matter of faith in future lessons. In our Christian life, we will see again and again that this truth of our having been crucified with Him and raised with Him is essential to our being able to actually live in Christ. Therefore, it is very important that we meditate on the verses containing these spiritual truths.

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And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13, NASB)