We Are Not New Adams
“Adam was to have his entire obedience in the entire world determined through a particular test in a particular location. So it was for the Last Adam. Like the first Adam, the Lord jesus was confronted by the devil who tried to entice Christ to obey him, and King Jesus resisted the devil and conquered him. Like the first Adam, the Lord Jesus was called to priestly service, and Christ the Great High Priest purified God’s holy dwelling and opened the way for human beings back into his presence. Like the first Adam, the Lord Jesus was to enter God’s royal rest in the world-to-come upon finishing his work perfectly, and this is precisely what Christ did, entering into heaven itself, taking his seat at God’s right hand, ministering in the heavenly tabernacle, and securing our place in the world-to-come.
… If Christ is the last Adam, then we are not new Adams. To understand our own cultural work as picking up and finishing Adam’s original task is, however unwittingly, to compromise the sufficiency of Christ’s work.”
[David Van Drunen, Living in God’s Two Kingdoms, 50]