Romans 8 23 to 25 The First Fruits: And Charles and Charity Whisnant

Charles and Charity Whisnant, Sunday July 01 2012   Kurt Nunnenkamp from Altoona, Kansas sent Charity some wheat from his field . Kurt did not know that my message was from Romans 8:23

ROMANS 8:23

AND NOT ONLY THIS, BUT ALSO WE OURSELVES HAVING THE FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT: ou monon de, alla kai autoi ten aparchen tou pneumatos echontes (PAPMPN)

The firstfruits 536 aparche

                                        The First fruit of resurrection:

We Celebrate Sunday as resurrection Sunday: The first Fruit of the harvest

In Biblical terms this describes an offering of any kind. It represents the first portion of offering set aside specifically for the Lord. The first portion of the harvest was regarded both as a first installment and as a pledge of the final delivery of the whole. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23.

Christ’s resurrection is the “first fruit” of those who have fallen sleep, and like the first fruits of the harvest, it is a taste and a guarantee of the full harvest of resurrection yet to come.

The Holy Spirit is called “first fruit” as a down-payment in 2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5 and Ephesians 1:14, a foretaste of our divine life in the age to come.

Yes, we as Christians have tasted of the blessings of heaven through the ministry of the Spirit. Which makes us want o see the Lord, receive a new body, and live with him and serve him forever. This has been Charles e Whisnant’s desire since salvation at age seven, back in 1957 in Roanoke, Virginia.

The actual beginning, the first installment, of the Palestinian harvest: Exodus 23:19, Leviticus 23:10-11,      Deuteronomy  18;4; 26:1-4;

The presence of the Holy Spirit in the believers is therefore the actual beginning of the future world.

This is what is wonderful.  We have a taste of heaven here! We have experienced redemption and adoption, but we are still awaiting the fullness of that experience at the resurrection of our bodies by the Spirit.

While it’s true we have received the first fruits of the Spirit, we have not yet received the complete inheritance as God’s children. But we have received such a significant portion of it in terms of the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit.   We have already received and have accomplished so much in our regeneration and our sanctification.

In our salvation and in the receiving of the Holy Spirit, we have received the down payment, the first installment, the deposit, the pledge of our future redemption.

What this guarantee is that we will have complete inheritance which will give us the redemption of our bodies and a liberated, glorified universe.

The Believer has been given in this very first installment (salvation+ Holy Spirit) this indescribable peace that we experience of being forgiven of our sins, and the power of God that will calm our heart in all circumstances, and joy will flood our souls.

 

 

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