"None of us is humanity as God intended it to be, or as it came from His hand. Humanity was spoiled and corrupted by the sin of Adam and Eve...The question is not whether Jesus was fully human, but whether we are. He was not merely human as we are; he was more human than we are. He was, spiritually, the type of humanity that we will possess when we are glorified. Jesus most fully reveals the true nature of humanity...As the image of God, humans are already the creatures that are most like him" (p. 239, Introducing Christian Doctrine, by Millard Erickson).
Putting this passage with some other things I've been learning, reading and thinking, here are some thoughts:
- There have only been 3 'real' people in the history of the world - Adam, Eve, and Jesus
- They alone were what humanity was meant by God to be
- Our sin nature is not humanity's original nature
- Adam and Eve traded some part of the image of God, their humanity, for something less than what they were meant to be
- Jesus in his perfection is left then as the one True Man, the sinless one