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the true image of God

"As the true image of God, this Son of God becomes incarnate to fulfill his mission of redemption as the last Adam. Like the first son of God, the first Adam, the last Adam represents his fellow man by becoming a man; yet, unlike Adam, he is the Son of God (Luke 3:38), who listens to the word of the covenant and remains obedient to his Father (John 5:19; 8:28), securing a new covenant by which Adam's race will be redeemed through his righteousness (Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 15:45). As a Son, he is the perfect image and representation of God; all those adopted into the family of God are privileged to participate in his sonship (Eph. 1:3-7) so that by the Spirit they are conformed more and more into his image (Rom. 6:4; 8:29; Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10).

Adam failed to rule, to have dominion over the Edenic kingdom, and to cast out the serpent as an intruder (Gen.3:1-7). But the last Adam announces at the start of his ministry that in him the 'kingdom of heaven'-a phrase that conveys the universal extent of Christ's royal reign-is at hand (Matt. 4:12-17; cf. Mark 1:15, which uses 'kingdom of God'). The proof of that claim is seen when he casts out demons (Matt. 4:24) and binds the strong man, the devil (Matt. 12:29; cf. 2:15; Rev. 12:7-12; 20:10), After he accomplished his mission of redemption, he ascended to his throne in heaven to reign over creation (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9; Eph. 1:20-22) until his second return, when he will judge the living and the dead (Matt. 24:29-31; 25:31-46; Mark 9:1). The last Adam's victory over the evil powers of this world inaugurates a new creation, which is both individual (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15) and corporate (Rev. 21:1-8). He is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 19:14), the righteous Davidic king who will restore God's kingdom rule over the whole earth (Eph. 1:7); Rev. 5:9-10). Genesis 3:15 is but the beginning of this eschatological hope." pg. 50, 51 Matthew Barrett 'Canon, Covenant and Christology'

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