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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