Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
For several weeks now we have been discussing the cohesiveness of Scripture, taking the case of Adam as the example. We have learned that we cannot explain either the existence of sin or the origin of death without a historic literal Adam. Today I want to go a step further. I want to urge that without a literal historic Adam, there is no redemption for the race. Now there’s a bit of radical Fundamentalist dogma for you – but what if I’m right, what if it’s true?
The Old Testament laid down the principles for redemption, and, according to Mosaic law, one could not redeem you unless he was related to you – that’s right, he had to actually have a blood connection to be your redeemer.
We get that clearly portrayed in the little book of Ruth. Boaz would have been helpless to redeem Ruth, had he not been related through Naomi. The Bible calls him a “Kinsman Redeemer.”
But what does that have to do with Adam? Just this – why do you suppose the gospel of Luke takes an entire chapter to trace the lineage of Jesus Christ, all the way back to Adam? He did so in order to prove that Christ is actually related to us and therefore eligible to be our Redeemer.
Funny thing about Adam – he seems to be tied to all the major biblical teachings about sin, about death and about redemption. So if he never really existed, what happens to those grand and glorious truths?
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.