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Jesus the firstfruits.  1 Corinthians 15:20-28 

 

1 Cor 15:20-28 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

Jesus the firstfruits.

1)      R> 1 Cor 15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

a.      Q > What does it mean Christ’s resurrection is the firstfruits.

                                                                                i.      R > Lev 23:9-12 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 10 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12 And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the Lord.

                                         ii.      Refers to the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which followed the Passover, on the morrow after the Sabbath, there would be the offering of the first fruits of the barley harvest.

                                         iii.      If we follow the chronology of Scripture, this was the exact morning of our Lord's resurrection. There, in the feasts of Israel, you have a prediction that the resurrection of Jesus would be the first fruits of the harvest.

                                        iv.      Paul's argument is that Jesus rose from the dead on the exact day predicted by the ritual,

                                         v.      Jesus was the first human being ever to be resurrected from the dead (Never again to die).

2)      R > 1 Cor 15:21-23 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.

a.      Q > What does it mean “ But each one in his own order”.

                                                                   i.      Jesus was the first to conquer death. (Trough Resurrection)

                                                     ii.      We in Christ conquer death through the resurrection, at the Rapture of the church.

                                                                              iii.      R > 1 Thess 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

3)      R> 1 Cor 15: 24- 28 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him that God may be all in all.

a.      Q > What is Jesus doing between now and His second coming?

                                                                    i.      He is Ruling over all things. V-25 R > Matthew 28:18"All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

                                        ii.       R > Phil 2:8-11 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

                                                                             iii.      All things are being made subject to Jesus. V - 28

b.      Q > What does Jesus do when all things come to an end”?

                                           i.      He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. V – 24

                                         ii.      Jesus puts an end to Death both physical and universal. V-26

                                        iii.      Jesus delivers the kingdom to His Father V-24 & 28

                                         iv.      The work of Jesus is excepted by God the Father. V;27

c.       Q > What does Jesus do when all things are subject to Himself”?

                                                    i.      He Himself submits all things to the Father. V-28

                                                    ii.      He Give everything back to God the Father. V – 24 & 28

d.      Q > Why does Jesus give everything Back to God the Father”?

                                                                       i.      So that God may be all in all. V – 28 ( Idea: God will then be everything to every one.)

 

R > Pastor Ray Stedman author of "Authentic Christianity",

http://www.raystedman.org/new-testament/1-corinthians/then-comes-the-end

 

Puts it like this:

So to worship Christ honors God. In that great scene in Revelation 5, the whole universe gathers about the throne worshipping the Lamb that was slain, crying, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing," (Revelation 5:12 KJV). Everyone is invited to worship the Son.

But there is coming a time, Paul says, when the work of the Son in subduing a lost creation will be finished. When the full results of the atonement of the cross have been completed and all the harvest of the earth is gathered, then, according to this account, the Lord Jesus returns the kingdom to the Father in order that "God [the three-fold God, Father, Son. and Spirit] may be everything to every one."

What this means is that then, for the first time in our experience, we will understand emotionally the mystery of the Trinity. We now know the Bible teaches that there are three persons in the Godhead, that they are equal in glory and honor, and that they somehow coalesce so that there are three persons but only one God. Intellectually we can grasp that; emotionally I do not think anyone does. But there is coming a day when we will thoroughly understand, emotionally, the makeup of God, and we will understand the great truth God has been seeking to teach us all through this earthly experience that he is all we need, that God is everything to every one.

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