Jesus Led The Way

1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead and has become the first fruit of those who have fallen asleep.

Jesus is the first fruit of all others who believe in Him. This is an Old Testament image of the first installment of a crop which anticipates and guarantees the ultimate offering of the whole crop. Because Christ rose from the dead, those who are asleep in Christ have a guarantee of their own resurrection.

SIDE NOTE: Please allow me to clarify something here. There are some doctrines that interpret the verse above to mean that when a person dies, they go into a “soul sleep” until the final resurrection and Judgment Day. Per Jesus’ explanation of the fates of the rich man and Lazarus(Luke 16:22-23)in addition to Paul’s comment regarding about being absent from the body, and present with the Lord(II Corinthians 5:6, 8),I believe that immediately after death, a saved person goes directly to Heaven; while an unsaved person is transported to Hell. The term “asleep” is used, because to the living the dead person appears to be sleeping; And their physical body will be awakened and transformed. Saved people(I Corinthians 15:51-54) Unsaved people(Revelation 20:11-15)

In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her actions became a symbol of hope in the Civil Rights Movement. Brothers and sisters, for every right and privilege we enjoy today, someone led the way long ago. We can take nothing for granted.

In the Gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 3, John the Baptist Prepared the Way.
Jesus was more than a front runner for religious or political freedom. As the first fruits, His resurrection made it possible for all who have faith in Him to also be raised from the dead. His victory over death made way for our eternal life.

In Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote to address false belief that there was no life after death. If there is no life for us after death, then Christ also has no life after death. And if Christ was not raised from the dead, then we have no hope for the future. But Christ was raised, and we have hope not only in this life but in the life to come. No matter what uncertainties we face here on earth, we know that Christ WILL one day put all things under His rule and authority.

Revelation 22:12 And behold, I am coming quickly! and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.

Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not really have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.

Written By Edward Jeffries

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6 thoughts on “Jesus Led The Way

    1. Thank You. I’ve heard a few individuals, from other faiths, attempt to use that verse to justify their beliefs. It is so important that all of us study God’s Word and ask Him to give us wisdom and revelation, so that we aren’t led astray by other doctrines.

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  1. When you “believe that immediately after death, a saved person goes directly to Heaven” why and whom should Jesus then at his return let to resurrect from the dead and have to judge?

    One good thing is already that you claim to believe that Jesus is the son of God and that you do not take Jesus to be God. Now you still have to find out what God Himself says about the ones who die, in what state they are

    “For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.” (Ec 3:19-20 NAS)

    “For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.” (Ec 9:5 NAS)

    “Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.” (Ec 9:10 NAS)

    “His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish.” (Ps 146:4 NAS)

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    1. Hi, , thank you for your comment

      After taking a look at your site, I believe where we differ is on the subject of pre trib vs post trib, and that’s Ok as long as we both can agree that the following are true:

      God created the universe
      All men and women are born as sinners
      Jesus Christ, is God in the flesh, and it is ONLY through belief in His finished work at the cross & resurrection from the grave, repentance of our sins, and acceptance of Christ as our Lord and savior, that a person can be redeemed.
      Heaven and Hell are very real places.
      Jesus Christ is coming back at some point, and it behooves every person to examine their life today and welcome Him into their heart while there is still breath in their body.

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      1. We regret we cannot agree with the human doctrine of the Trinity and keep to the Biblical doctrine. Jesus Christ, is not God in the flesh, like you say and think but is the sent one from God according to the Bible. We believe Jesus really died. God cannot die and also cannot be tempted whilst man can do nothing to God. Man can even not see God and live, whilst many saw Jesus and stayed alive even some coming out of the dead.

        We also believe heaven and hell are real places, but we think our concept might be very different than yours, you probably believing there exist such a cruel God Who says man has paid for his sins by death and thereafter would let them pay once more with purgatory and hell as places of cruel torture.

        We also believe Jesus is coming back, though you do not seem to believe he shall call the death ones out of the graves and shall come to judge the living and the dead.

        So, clearly between your ideas and our Scriptural understanding lies a big abyss.

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