Adam is the prototypical human made in the image and likeness of God manifested when he gave up his own life, comfort and prosperity to redeem his wife from the dreadful isolation of death.
This is the definitions of a messiah, found throughout the Bible.
Usage: chosen out, elect, choice, select, sometimes as subset: of those chosen out by God for the rendering of special service to Him.
Since every King and High Priest was anointed with oil, each may be referred to as “an anointed one” (a Mashiach or a Messiah). For example: “G-d forbid that I [David] should stretch out my hand against the L-rd’s Messiah [Saul]…” I Samuel 26:11. Cf. II Samuel 23:1, Isaiah 45:1, Psalms 20:6…
“Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him…I will…open before him the two leaved gates [of Babylon]…that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel…That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else!” (Isaiah 45)
“Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and [only] the first begotten of the [many] dead [who will be resurrected], and the prince of the kings of the earth…And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father.” (Revelation 1:5-6)
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus – and Adam –: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant [to his wife – Eve and the Church], and was made in the likeness of [mortal] men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death.” (Philippians 2:5-8)
There is a chasm between Christianity and Judaism created by Christianity’s narrow focus on Jesus Christ as the only Christ / Messiah / anointed / chosen / Redeemer versus scriptural Judaism’s faithfulness to record many messiahs.
The Finished Works of Christ: What They Mean For Us
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our healing, deliverance, prosperity, victory, joy, peace, and everything else we need in life is already finished and ready for us to claim.
I put it to you that Christianity’s hyper focus on Jesus as the only Christ / Messiah is a cheap escape from personal responsibility.
Severing Christianity from Judaism allows – not just Dispensationalists, not just Catholics, but also Protestants with Martin Luther’s doctrine of grace – to toss out the clear scriptural demands to prove one has identified with haMashiach by becoming hamashiach – a holy, righteous, chosen servant of God.
The apostles document that they were chosen to assume rulership in the kingdom of God when the Jewish rulers failed at their responsibility.
“Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof….And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.” (Matthew 21:42-45)
Only kingdom leadership changed, not the essence of the kingdom. Note how Peter quotes Moses’ words from Mount Sinai.
“And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say…if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be
- unto me above all people, for all the earth is mine / i.e. chosen out of everyone else
- a kingdom of priest[-kings],
- an holy nation
- a peculiar treasure
These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel….I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of…bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me…[and the rest of the Ten Commandments.]” (Exodus 19:3-6, 10:1-17)
“To the strangers [aliens, non-Jews] scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia…
- ye are a chosen generation
- a royal priesthood
- an holy nation
- a peculiar people
that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God…that…they may by your good works [obeying his commandments] which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” (I Peter 1:2, 2:9-12)
Paul’s letters also parallel Moses speaking at Mount Sinai in the 2nd millennium BC.
“we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world…our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:12-14)
- he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy
- predestinated us unto the adoption of children
- ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise are made nigh by the blood of The Promised Seed / Christ
- Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God
- To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known the manifold wisdom of God by the congregation of believers including those following Moses at mount Sinai / church
- According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord
- Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, (Ephesians 3)
“walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called…Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;” (Ephesians 4:1-16)
Can’t get around it.
When we follow the biblical trail instead of the most appealing preacher we realize that redemption of the helpless victims of powerful forces is a fundamental aspect of biblical godliness and all sons of God are known by their participation in God’s work of redeeming mankind from sin and death.
The angelic sons of God model this attribute of redemption by fighting the forces of evil.
“I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness. The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together:
the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle. They come from…the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land…for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty…to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible…in the day of his fierce anger.” (Isaiah 13)
We humans are among the “sanctified ones”.
“I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war…on his head were many crowns [authority over nations] and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean…and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.” (Revelation 19:11-16)
Who else are those kings and lords but us humans? And when do we get promoted? Exactly like the apostles, here on earth through our activities proving our qualifications.