1 Corinthians & Christ’s Resurrection

Christ Is the “First fruits” of the Resurrection

Paul also affirmed that Christ rose as

1 Corinthians 15:20

“he became the first-fruit of those who have fallen asleep.”

If Christ rose from the dead, all His people must. In this language, the apostle used a striking metaphor. Under the old law, the first sheaf of the harvest was carried into the temple on the day following the Paschal Sabbath and consecrated to God; it was the pledge of prophecy of the reaping in due season of all the miles of golden grain that waved in the sunshine (Leviticus 23:10-12). Likewise, Christ, the Antitype, has been raised before Christians; He is the first to rise from the dead to die no more and is declared to be:

Colossians 1:18; cf Acts 26:23

“he became the first-fruit of those who have fallen asleep.”

As the devout Israelite farmer brought the first of his harvest to present before the Lord, so Jesus has now presented Himself before God as the first fruits of the great harvest the people of God.

To the Christians of Corinth, Paul said concerning the resurrection:

1 Corinthians 15:23

“But each in his own order: Christ the first-fruit; thereafter those who are Christ’s at his presence.”

Christ rose first, then those who are His disciples shall rise at His second coming. This whole chapter deals with the resurrection of believers, not unbelievers. Other passages of Scripture teach that the wicked too will be raised at the last day, for example, John 5:28-29. Hence, just as the first fruits and the first ripe sheaf were offered to the Lord, Christ’s resurrection is the pledge and promise of a coming harvest. Every reader of this fifteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians must see how much depends on the fact that Jesus Christ rose again from the dead.

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Kevin J.