The gratuitous “secret” of our redemption: Jesus Christ – the “New Adam” – is also the new, divine and perfect Head of all mankind.

Thanks to his finished work on the cross at Calvary, Jesus Christ, eternally enthroned in Heaven at the right hand of God the Father, already personifies the supernatural reality of human perfection …
a state of being which all Christians hope to achieve, according to the power of God’s grace.    

(616 – From the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

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We know this is true because Jesus is not a mythical figure.
Jesus Christ is in fact, a real, well documented, 
historical person.

 Jesus fulfilled every Messianic Bible prophecy, to the letter.

No one else has ever done so. No one else ever will.

Jesus demonstrated the power of God by His perfect, sinless,
earthly existence, by His (truly) charismatic personality,
and by His miracles.

No one else has ever done so. No one else ever will.

Jesus demonstrated His divinity
and His mastery over the power of death
by raising Himself up again from the dead,
just as he said he would.

No one else has ever done so. No one else ever will.

13 Comments

  1. Ah, The Mystery of Godliness! 616 captures all the main points in the Catechism from the NT!

  2. An Open Question: Why do so many Catholics believe Christ is the “New Adam?” Adam is God’s Creation. The perfect divine head of ALL mankind….I do not understand this thinking! Christ Jesus is Lord and We are Man(His Creation!) Please explain, without sending me to a another source….in your own words…..ANYBODY

    • Dear Cathy,

      Adam was never divine, but at one time, before his fall from grace, he was totally without sin of any kind. Jesus, the New Adam, is the perfect, divine and sinless head of all mankind, the very source of God’s grace. The biblical term describing Jesus as “Son of Man” actually refers to the son of “the man” which is the meaning of the name, Adam. As all men came (naturally and physically) from Adam, all those subsequently born again of water and the Holy Spirit come from Jesus Christ, the New Adam. And just as God gave dominion over all earthly things to the first Adam, God has given dominion over Heaven and Earth, death and Hell, to Jesus Christ. The difference this time, is that Jesus will never fail, so we can be certain our inheritance will never again be hijacked by the devil. New and better Covenant. New and better system of worship. New and better type of life. New and better eternal destiny. New and better leader … “Adam”. It all comes together in and through Jesus Christ, the New Adam, our perfect, sinless and eternal King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

      I know you asked not to quote sources, but this one is pretty good: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01129a.htm

      Happy Easter!

      Doug

      • Most eloquently put, Doug. However, I must confess that, every Easter Vigil when I hear–during the Exultet–“Oh happy fault! Oh necessary sin of Adam!” (my emphases), I want to throw something. Now short years into my seventh decade, I still just cannot satisfactorily wrap my mind around the sentiment of this byte of sacred rhetoric and internalize it. “But if only…” tends to be the response of my gut.

        I wish that I could tell you your post, above, helps relieve my spiritual dyspepsia. But, really, it does not. It’s as though–in Genesis–that God was Lucy; the football, everlasting bliss ab ovo in His presence; and Adam, Charlie Brown.

        Excuse the pop-cultural metaphor. My angst is anything but trivial.

      • I plan to read Doug’s link to the “New Adam” soon. I have been receiving an Online daily Bible study, and we have been reviewing the Names of Christ in the NT & OT. While doing this we started reading Genesis, and really looked into Creation. I realize it was because of Adam and his SIN….became the Fall of Man….but thanks be to God we have a Saviour in Christ! I don’t think God wanted his “Son” to be a replacement for one-time Sinless Man. Christ Jesus as God and Man is Sinless & Divine…he is SEPARATE from US!

      • Jesus Christ is true God and True Man. That means the holy, sinless and eternal God has become one of us. He has perfected, conserved and confirmed our human nature in himself, according to his will. Doing this, his work becomes our work, his grace becomes our grace, his Father becomes our Father, and his eternal destiny becomes our eternal destiny. Jesus Christ, the second person of the Holy Trinity, by virtue of his miraculous incarnation, is also indeed truly human and because of this, the grace he obtained for us by his life, death and resurrection accrues to the benefit of all mankind. Because Jesus is God, the power and efficacy of his grace is infinite and eternal. This was always God’s plan, from the beginning.

        As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me. That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them: that, they may be one, as we also are one. I in them, and thou in me: that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me. Father, I will that where I am, they also whom thou hast given me may be with me: that they may see my glory which thou hast given me, because thou hast loved me before the creation of the world. Just Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee. And these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have made known thy name to them and will make it known: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:18-26)

        Doug

      • I’ve never been a “O happy fault” fan either … but the “New Adam” concept simply reflects the reality that Jesus Christ is our new, sinless and eternal King … and that’s certainly something to be happy about.

        Doug

      • I suppose the New Adam and the Last Adam are interchangeable.Paul writes about the Sinless Man in 1 Corinthians 15. Adam was created to be in the image of God-Sinless, and because of this one man’s transgression, we cannot be with God….except for Christ, the Saviour.
        It is interesting to note it was Adam’s Sin alone and not Eve, that brought Death!

      • Doug,
        I read your link on Adam.
        The explanation on this Web Blog got to the point better than the “mumbo-jumbo” that I just read!
        I have a better understanding when I hear the “New Adam!” Thank You for your well appreciated assistance!

        Now, the next controversial topic : The ” New Eve”…..

      • Just as Eve was complicit in the fall of man by giving the forbidden fruit to Adam, Mary – the New Eve – is complicit in our redemption by giving her son, who is the Bread of Life, to us. Similarly, Jesus, the New Adam, took upon himself all of the duties, rights, responsibilities and punishments of the first Adam. Mary, the New Eve, took on all the duties, rights, responsibilities and punishments of the first Eve. As a result, we now belong to Christ and Mother Mary now belongs to us.

        Happy Easter!

        Doug

      • Doug
        Let me play “Devils Advocate”….Did God , not put Adam on the Earth ,as his First Man. Did he not make Eve, out of Adams rib to give a companion/helper and to procreate and multiply?
        Jesus was Not the husband of Mary, he was her Son!
        This is not the paradine between the marriage of the Church ( The Bride) and Christ (the Groom) in the marriage supper of the Lamb!

      • Dear Cathy,

        Due to original sin, Eve would never be able to have a child who could be the Messiah, so by the grace of God, according to his plan, and in the fullness of time, the Blessed Virgin Mary agreed to act in Eve’s place. As Eve is the mother of all who are naturally born, the Blessed Virgin Mary, by virtue of God’s grace, is the mother of all who are born of water and the Holy Spirit. God gave Eve to Adam as his spouse and in a very real way, Mary became the spouse of the Holy Spirit, who overshadowed her and by his divine power, conceived our Holy Redeemer in her blessed womb. The Blessed Virgin Mary, by the grace of God and according to his plan, willingly agreed to fulfill the original mission of the fallen Eve in every way, in order to facilitate God’s restoration of all that had been lost through Adam’s sin. In short, just as the New Covenant is both new and better than the Old Covenant … due to the grace Jesus Christ, the New Adam, obtained for us on the cross at Calvary … so Mary, the New Eve is also better than the original, according to that same grace … which made possible Mary’s divine maternity, her perfect discipleship and her sinless humanity. Indeed, Mary is the only woman capable of assuming Eve’s original role and the only one qualified to accomplish the absolutely necessary mission of giving birth to the Messiah … the Son of Man … the New Adam … Jesus Christ … the the seed of the woman who would successfully crush the head of that old serpent, the Devil … freeing mankind from eternal slavery to Satan, sin and death that had resulted from Adam and Eve’s fall from grace.

        I hope this helps!

        Doug

  3. Doug,
    As a Catholic, I must accept your explanation, for it is the Church belief!
    The Greek Bible, studied by Erasmus, tells of a different text, than Jerome(Latin Vulgate)that in Genesis 3:15, Christ(the seed of the Woman) crushes the Serpents head (Satan!)
    All Protestant Bibles and some Modern Catholic Bibles state this but the Jesuit Vulgate proclaims The Woman Crushes the Head of the Serpent, Which would be Mary!
    So again, this separates Christianity!
    Sadly, this is something, that will never go away!
    Thank you and Blessings to you!


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