being like god - part 2
this brings us back to the original question. what was the original final destiny that was purposed by god for adam? evangelicals have tended to think that heaven will simply be a return to the garden (though the book of revelation clearly says there is a different ending - we end in a city...in community!). moreover, we have tended to think that had adam obeyed perfectly in the garden that it would have been an eternal life in the garden.
however scripture clues us in to a different intention for adam. first in luke 4.1-13 (the wilderness encounter of jesus) god had just made the pronouncement that jesus was his son whom he was well pleased (3.22) followed by a geneology of jesus in verses 24-38. the last line of the geneology is adam, "the son of god." luke 4 then picks up the wilderness encounter where jesus overcomes sin in a way that adam failed, thus securing his place as god's true son - the second, last and true adam.
paul picks up on this in 1 corinthians 15.42ff.
45 Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.although a bit difficult to weed through, paul is saying that the physical adam came first, but was always intended to be followed by a second, spiritual adam. adam always had a bigger purpose than dwelling in the garden. as it was for adam it is for us - we are physical, but because christ accomplished what the first adam could not by overcoming sin, the one who believes in christ shall be identified with him as the man of heaven instead of identified with the first adam - the man of dust.