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kept and concluded the Jewish Feast of Firstfruits. “ But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept . . . Christ the first- fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming” (I Cor. 15:20, 23). He was God’s posses­ sion ; then by His resurrection the Father was claiming the Body which was rightfully His, the Body which He Himself had pre­ pared for the Son (Heb. 10:5). He arose to go back to the Father from whom He had come. We too are God’s possession, both by creative right and by re­ demptive right. “Ye are not your own . . . For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Cor. 6:19, 20). When the Church is caught up to be with her Lord (I Thess. 4:16, 17), the full and final phase of our redemption will be real­ ized, even “ the redemption of our body” (Rom. 8:23). “ Afterward they that are Christ’s at His com­ ing.” But the lesson on stewardship taught us in the Feast o f First- fruits dare not be sidestepped un­ til the rapture. Even now we are “quickened” (made alive), for Christ “hath raised us up togeth­ er, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:1, 6). More than our Lord wants a dead body at the Rapture, He wants a living body now. “ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a liv­ ing sacrifice, holy, acceptable un­ to God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1). Firstfruits means that He has first claim on the whole man and all o f his possessions. This is true Chris­ tian stewardship, without which our worship is not acceptable be­ fore God. This is the true appli­ cation to the Christian o f the Feast of Firstfruits. “ If ye then be r isen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand o f God” (Col. 3 :1 ). B b ]

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