By: CLEMENT NTUKOGU –
WHY JANUARY SALARY IS NOT FIRST-FRUITS OFFERING!!! THIS IS THE BIBLICAL MEANING OF FIRST-FRUITS –
The term ‘first-fruits’ simply means the EARLY HARVEST that comes before the MAIN HARVEST. In a clear manner, God uses the concept of ‘first-fruits’ to teach His people about HIS ULTIMATE PLAN FOR HUMANITY.
At the end of time, God plans to have a MASSIVE HARVEST OF THE WHOLE WORLD. “… Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” (Revelation 14:15).
The goal of this harvest is that God may reign SUPREME over the whole earth in a physical manifestation. We see the final result of this harvest in Zechariah 14:9: “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.”
It is for this reason that Jesus Christ came to the world to redeem mankind, to initiate that GREAT HARVEST. At His resurrection, Jesus Himself BECAME THE FIRST-FRUITS of those that had died, thereby paving the way for all that believe in Him today to ALSO BECOME first-fruits unto God. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” (1 Corinthians 15:20).
James 1:18 describes believers as “a kind of firstfruits of his creatures”. In addition, Apostle Paul described some believers as “the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ” (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:15). There are other similar New Testament passages that show that Jesus and those that believe in Him are the first-fruits of the GREAT HARVEST that God is planning at the end of time.
After this FIRST-FRUITS of Christ and His followers, the fullness of the harvest will unfold with the second coming of Christ. This will result in the full restoration of Israel (Romans 11:26), and in the nations of the world learning to obey God as we see in the prophecy in Zechariah 14:9.
This is the REAL MEANING OF FIRST-FRUITS as designed by God and taught in the Scriptures. However, in the Old Testament, God used the FIRST-FRUITS OFFERING AS A SHADOW to teach the Israelites about His plan for humanity.
The first-fruits ordinance was given AS A SHADOW to Israel – a mark of remembrance of their days of captivity in Egypt, their supernatural deliverance, and the inheritance of a land that flowed with milk and honey (Leviticus 23:9-14, Deuteronomy 26:1-10, etc). Do you see how all these FORESHADOW how Jesus will come to save mankind from our sins, causing us to be blessed “… with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places”? (Ephesians 1:3). Do you see the clear connection? So, the first-fruits ordinance was a mere shadow of what was to come! Today, in Christ Jesus, we live in the SUBSTANCE of that shadow.
Therefore, since Christ is the SUBSTANCE of that SHADOW, our focus is now on that SUBSTANCE – Jesus Christ. The shadow is GONE! To continue to partake in the shadow of the ordinances that Christ has ALREADY FULFILLED is a sin of UNBELIEF! This is why the New Testament never mentions first-fruits in connection with ANY offering – monetary or otherwise. The shadow has gone; Christ, the Substance has come. Halleluyah!
ANYBODY that tells you that God requires your JANUARY SALARY as first-fruits offering is only using AN EXPIRED SHADOW of the Old Testament to deceive and exploit your IGNORANCE of the word of God! More importantly, it is an insult on the FINISHED WORK of Jesus at Calvary to cling to A SHADOW that pointed to Him. The feast of first-fruits is one of the seven feasts that God gave to Israel as types and shadows of the coming Messiah.
IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER, YOU ARE ALREADY THE FIRST-FRUITS THAT GOD DESIRES. Praise God for this awesome privilege! This has always been His plan for you. He does NOT require first-fruits offering from you! If there’s anything that God requires from you, it is that you should be focussed on working out your salvation with fear and trembling TO CONFORM TO YOUR STATUS AS A FIRST-FRUITS OFFERING UNTO HIM. That is what He truly requires from you, NOT YOUR FIRST SALARY, JANUARY SALARY, ETC.
Please be wise. Read your Bible. Seek to know Christ for YOURSELF. And cling to Him with all your heart. He is coming soon to confirm your place as a part of the FIRST-FRUITS of God’s harvest of the world. Please focus on this, and do not be deceived into choosing A SHADOW over and above the substance of Christ. With Christ, you CANNOT hold both the shadow AND the substance. You have to choose. You CANNOT pour new wine into old wine-skin. You have to choose.
PLEASE CHOOSE WISELY. And please share this with your family/friends that need to understand the biblical truth of the meaning of first-fruits.
Thanks for reading, God bless you.
(NOTE: This piece is an adapted excerpt from a longer article titled, “GOD DOES NOT REQUIRE YOUR FIRST-FRUITS OFFERING!!! HE WANTS YOU TO BE A GOOD FIRST-FRUITS OFFERING….”