Friday | 19 July 2019
The Firstborn from the dead

The Bible teaches us that, as Christ’s blood was shed, He came back from the death of our sin by the life of God that was in His blood. Heb 13:20. This is why Paul called Jesus ‘the Firstborn from the dead’. Col 1:18. As He was born again from the death of sin, Jesus brought all of us back from the death of sin with Him. He was not only the Firstborn from the dead; He was also the Firstborn among many brethren! Rom 8:29. The point to note is that we are being begotten from the death of sin with Christ when we join Him in the fellowship of His prayer in Gethsemane.

The apostle John was referring to this first wound when he testified that he, and his fellow disciples, ‘beheld [Christ’s] glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth’. Joh 1:14. John bore witness to the Shekinah glory of God that was mixed with the incense of Christ’s prayer. Grace and truth were revealed in this first event of Christ’s offering. This is important to recognise, because the gift of faith introduces us to this grace in which we are to stand and participate. Rom 5:1-2.

What does this all mean for us? The word of God that is ministered to us by Christ’s messengers delivers us from fear, and blesses us with the faith of the Son of God. By this faith, we are able to believe and to cry out for sonship. Making this point, Paul wrote, ‘For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption [which is the spirit of faith] by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father”’. Rom 8:15. This indicates our personal desire to continue in the fellowship of Christ’s offering, through which we are growing and maturing as sons of God.


Further Study:
Revelation 1
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References:
Heb 13:20
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.

Col 1:18
And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the pre-eminence.

Rom 8:29
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Joh 1:14
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Rom 5:1-2
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Rom 8:15
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’
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