The first Adam is Adam who failed in the Garden of Eden. The second Adam, Jesus, came to restore the mistakes of the first Adam. But because Jesus was killed at a young age, without having been able to create the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth, a third Adam was needed, who had to build on the foundation that Jesus laid, and complete it.
Once the task of the third Adam is fulfilled, we may all become what men and women were originally meant to be, and be completely freed from the heavy legacy of the first Adam.
Then, the original good condition will be completely recovered. That is what the term the Fourth Adam means. The second and third Adams were the key figures who carried the Messianic mission to restore humankind. The fourth Adam is not just one person, but refers to what we are all meant to reach, the condition that is the final goal of restoration.
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Text: Knut Holdhus