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What does the term "The New Adam" mean?

I'm having a hard time understanding what the term "The New Adam" means when talking about Puritans. Was it used because they were trying to remake christianity?

It's for a paper. Any help? Please and thank you.

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  • Tim
    Lv 4
    9 years ago
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    The phrase "the new Adam" refers to Jesus as a man born without the influence of Sin (which all the descendent of Adam carried because of the fall).

    In Romans 5:19 Jesus is contrasted to Adam when the author says "So as by one man's sin many were made sinners so by the obedience of one many will be made righteous."

    So Paul's point, and the point of the phrase, is to say that Jesus is a new man through whom righteousness may come to the world. Just as it was Adam's actions that brought sin into the world so Jesus actions can take it out, and so he is the "new Adam" or a "second Adam".

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  • 9 years ago

    This may help shed some light:

    So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 1 Corinthians 15:45-46

    The New Adam could be another term for Jesus Christ.

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  • 9 years ago

    Well the old adam I guess would mean the Adam in Adam and Eve. As in the first 2 human beings. the new adam would probably mean the start of a new race of people practicing a new religion, such as Puritanism. Look up the history of Philadelphia, that should get you alot of info on Puritan life and beliefs

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  • 9 years ago

    the "new adam" is Jesus. jesus is called the new adam because he was sent to do what the old adam failed to do. and that is obeying God. and it is through this obedience that christians are made righteous.hence the phrase : in adam all die in christ ( the new adam) all live.so Christ gives every believer his righteousness. like how a bride receives the wealth of her groom. that is why marriage is seen as very sacred in christianity.because of it's symbolic value.

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  • RA
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    The Bible speaks of the first Adam (as in Adam and Eve) and the last Adam -- meaning Jesus Christ. This would be important doctrine to the Puritans who were Calvinists and concerned primarily with the justification by faith. St. Paul writes about this in 1 Corinthians 15 and Romans 5.

    Romans 5:17 says, "For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!"

    Reformation theologians such as Luther and Calvin, echoed St. Augustine and St. Paul in their reliance on this principle of justification. Adam failed in the Covenant of Works by disobeying God, but Christ came (God in the flesh) to fulfill the demands of the covenant. So Christ, as a man, lived a sinless life (the second Adam), and died on the cross (as a perfect sacrifice, fulfilling the demand of death place on the first Adam in the Covenant of Works.

    So our justification is by faith, but faith in the work of Jesus.

    I'm not sure about the Puritan reference you suggest about "The New Adam." There is no sense among the Puritan community that a preson is any longer under the Covenant of Works as the first Adam was. But Christians, justified by faith, are new creations, raised from death to life, quickened by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:1-5).

    I hope this helps point you in the right direction. Just remember, Jesus is the second Adam, completely human and able to sin as a human does, so his sinless life was an utterly fantastic accomplishment, one that He could accomplish because He, like the first Adam, was born without originial sin. The rest of us don't have that advantage. We are born dead on arrival (DOA), as the Epheisians 2 passages makes clear:

    1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

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  • Song
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    1 Corinthians 15:45

    So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit."

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Jesus is "the New Adam". Adam was God's creation (man) and he sinned. Jesus is the "New Adam" which represents a restoration of what Adam destroyed with sin.

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  • 9 years ago

    They would begin again with a pure people who keep God's commandments. In effect, they would be a new Adam and new Eve, and repopulate this new land with good and clean people.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It means being born again by God;s Holy S[pirit:

    "But as many as received him (Jesus), TO THEM he gave the power to become the Sons of God, even to them that believe in his name, which were born.... not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but were born of God"- (John 1:12)

    "Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God" _ Jesus

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