TUESDAY July 31, 2018
Christ the Firstfruits
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.
I Corinthians 15:22-23
Paul plainly stated the reason for why we all die. It is because of sin. He spoke about the sin of Adam and Eve. They partook of the forbidden fruit, and because of their disobedience, death spread to all men. Adam and Eve brought sin into the world. If Adam and Eve had never sinned in the Garden of Eden, we would live in a different world––but they did sin, and now we are all born in sin and need a Savior.
As believers, the moment we die, we are in the presence of the Lord. Paul gave us this assurance when he said:
So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8).
The first resurrection continues over a process of time as Christians die and go to heaven. It began with Christ; He is the firstfruits, and it will be completed when Christians from the tribulation period are martyred and enter into the heaven. After the Day of the Lord––God’s Judgment on the earth––the tribulation period, Jesus returns to earth with His saints to establish the kingdom of God.
The second resurrection is the resurrection of damnation––the second death. This happens at the end of the thousand year millennial reign of Jesus Christ at the White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20). It is important not to get confused with the resurrection.
God fits our souls here to possess a glorious body after; and he will fit the body for a glorious soul.
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