Firstfruits? Can an Old Testament holiday apply to your life today? (part 2)

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In part 1 we looked at the Old Testament holiday of Firstfruits, and now we’ll consider several references to firstfruits in the New Testament. This would have had more meaning to Jewish converts than to Gentile ones. Likewise today, we can better understand the New Testament by taking time to understand the Old.

An important reference to firstfruits is found in I Corinthians chapter 15. Here we find the most complete instruction in the New Testament on the doctrine of the resurrection. Apparently some of the Christians in Corinth thought that there was no resurrection from the dead. One of the proofs Paul pointed to was the resurrection of Christ, and Paul linked the future resurrection of Christian believers with the accomplished resurrection of Christ. Paul emphasizes in verses 16 and 17 that these two issues stand or fall together. Furthermore in verses 20-23, Paul states that:

“But now Christ…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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2 Responses to Firstfruits? Can an Old Testament holiday apply to your life today? (part 2)

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for the re-blog.


  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    My pleasure!


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