What is so different about the first resurrection and the other resurrections. the Bible tells us that the first resurrection is the better resurrection.
Heb_11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
Rev_20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
A friend of mine asked me a question about a theme that I proposed for a church festival. As I was answering him these thoughts came to mind and I wanted to share them with you.
Are you aware that as a people of God, we are being put through a greater and more extensive training that the rest of mankind will receive? Those that are not part of the first resurrection when Christ returns.
I had suggested that the church use the term Profitable Servant as a theme for the Feast of Tabernacles this year. As I began to explain to him why I thought that was a relevant theme I kind of got excited about it.
It seems to me that there is more to being a “profitable” Christian than just keeping a set of commands. We need to be constantly examining ourselves and comparing ourselves to Christ to root, out, sin, and bad ways of thinking. It is all tied in with “Overcoming”
Luk_17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Why is overcoming such a consistent theme in the bible? It is like life is a series of challenges that God throws in our path to teach us or strengthen us or just to give us the endurance we’ll need later. If we are not constantly overcoming something we are going backward and in danger of ultimately losing God’s Spirit.
Rev_3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
The first fruits are going through a testing period unlike any other that is planned for the rest of humanity. We have to fight not only our lustful selves but the distractions of a world built by Satan to distract us plus an active adversary seeking every way that he can to destroy us.
1Jn_2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Those who live on into the millennium have never been judged in this world. They are going to be coming up in a world that will be tailored for them and without the influences of satan at all until the very end. And then numbers like the sand of the sea come against Jerusalem after satan is let loose again.
Rev_20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
A thousand years of Christ’s rule with an incorruptible Spirit-led government and still the rebellion. And then the White Throne Judgment is not even going to have satan to deal with at all. WOOF!
There is a big reason why the first resurrection is a better resurrection. those that come up in that resurrection will be the highly trained and disciplined assembly of the Firstborn. (Just men made perfect) according to Hebrews. The rest of humanity is at a whole different level of conversion if you ask me.
Heb_12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Just my thoughts on it. But this particular subject weighs heavy on my mind. Probably a lot of us won’t agree but I think God is doing something with the first fruits that He is not even thinking of doing with the rest of humanity at least in the prophetic pictures that we have been given to date.
We are qualifying to RULE in this life. Not just training to be Kings and Priests in the lightweight way that the WCG always referred to it. But an in your face “BOOT CAMP“. Our faith is being tested every day of our lives and we are being fine-tuned by what we are put through. Being a Profitable Servant is what God is looking for. Just holding down a seat in church is not going to cut it in the end.
That is why God is so upset with so many in this Laodicean ERA of the church!
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
We have become self-satisfied with ourselves. We no longer feel that we NEED to do anything more than what we are doing. And of course, if we spend our time comparing ourselves with others in the church we might not see a need to do anything. But I guarantee you that if you begin to look at Christ you will see the difference. We are to put on Christ.
Look at all these verses that use the phrase “put on”:
Gal_3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Eph_4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Eph_6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Col_3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Col_3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Col_3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
When Peter said that he wanted us to grow in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ, do you think that he meant that he wanted us to increase our doctrinal knowledge? Or was he really saying that we need to learn how Christ lived so that we could mimic Him in our lives? Do you act like Christ? Do you react like Christ? Do you think like Christ? Do you entertain thoughts that Christ would not approve of? Do you control your tongue? Do you lose your temper often? Are you really searching your self for hidden sins? sins that are so much a part of you that you don’t even recognize them as such?
When we start digging into that mishmash of humanity then we begin to put on Christ. The doctrines that were given to us by Christ are the milk of God’s word. The true meat of the word is learning how to live as Christ lived. That’s the hard part. And it takes a person who has had his mind exercised by reason of use to even begin to think of Putting on Jesus the Christ.
Heb 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
Heb 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Think about it brethren are you walking worthy of your calling?
Eph 4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to live in a way that is worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
Because, brethren, we are being called to a better resurrection. And to be profitable servants, we must walk worthy of that calling!