•FIRST FRUITS• Brethren, as Christians, we have learnt, I am sure, of the new world that will be for the faithful. As Christians we know this, as opposed to the faithless who are too short-sighted to not know there is an eternal life after death. But for us, we have been conscripted divinely, as soldiers of faith and righteousness, who are to inherit the eternal life to come.
Apostle Paul has written: ‘His (God’s) divine power has granted us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature’ 2PETER 1:3-4. That is how blessed we are as the faithful. Now brethren, in this world to come, we are to resurrect to it as Christ resurrected to eternal life after been nailed on the cross. The dead in Christ will resurrect, while the ones alive when the time comes will be resurrected by ascending to heaven in the manner Christ did. For Jesus Christ is our Teacher and Leader who has laid down examples that are to be followed by His disciples. So, the faithful, as God promised, will rise up to eternal life. But brethren, I am compelled to draw your attention to one crucial fact: that the faithful will be distinguished from the faithful in the resurrection to eternal life. Not in terms of impartiality, but rather in terms of fairness. There will be the establishment of the faithful that have made their faithfulness their nature. They will be those that would have been absolutely one with God on earth, who will be rewarded with another eternal oneness with God in the new world. They will be those whose faith will recognisably stand out from others’. REV. 14:4-5 says about them: ‘It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are chaste; it is these who follow the Lamb wherever He goes; these have been redeemed from mankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are spotless’. Brethren, consider the qualities; they are ultimately three. The first is that they are chaste; they do not defile themselves with women. That is, in spiritual translation, they are the ones who do not defile themselves with worldliness, who keep their focus on God alone. For Apostle James has written that religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is that one should keep oneself unstained from the world (JAMES 1:27). The second quality is following the Lamb; that is, walking with Christ, making Christ’s standards one’s standards, and obeying His instructions. Christ Himself has said that, unless one carries one’s cross and follows Him, one cannot be worthy of being considered right for genuine faithfulness (MAT. 10:39). The third quality, which states that no lie can be found with them, and are spotless, in spiritual truth, means they are sinless. How come then, can they be sinless when they are human beings with sinful nature like their fellow humans? Brethren, the answer is simple: they have an Intercessor and Saviour that has redeemed them once and for all from sin through His blood (HEB. 7:25). So, they are those who have faith in the blood of Christ. That is why they are talked about in REV. 7:14: ‘…they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’. Summarily, the qualities are being unworldly, being a faithful Christ’s follower, and lastly, being a believer in Christ’s saving grace. All those who have the three qualities are bound to be separated from the other faithful. For they are those with extra-ordinary faith who prove time and again their faith to God. As REV. 14:4 labels them, they will be the first fruits redeemed from the lot of mankind. By being the first fruits, they will be the first to reign in heaven with Christ for a thousand years before others are raised up for judgement on the great Judgement Day (REV. 20:4&5). That is, they would have long been judged rightly, and justified before the Judgement Day! REV. 20:6 says about being a first fruit: ‘Blessed and holy is he who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death (eternal torment in hell) has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with Him a thousand years’ REV. 20:6. Brethren, what greater privilege can there be than to be considered worthy of being a first fruit? For this, Apostle Peter wrote: ‘Therefore, brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election…’ 2PETER 1:10. That is, take the opportunity of knowing God in serving Him wholeheartedly to be a first fruit, by imbibing the three qualities needed.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s