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God is a good God and He always shows Himself as the God of order. Today, we are going to look at God's orderly plan and design for the salvation of mankind and His entire creation. For instance, the concept of order of resurrection is from God and it is beyond the scope of human comprehension. However Paul the apostle and Sosthenes in Ephesus gave us a memorable insight into the precedence of resurrection for the Christians.

Reference: 1 Corinthians 15:22-24 New International Version (NIV) "For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ the firstfruits; then at His coming, those who belong to Him. Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority, and power.…"

The above Scriptures describes the framework of God's redemptive purposes and eternal plan. In the earlier verse (1 Corinthians 15:20), Paul mentioned that Christ was raised from the dead as the first of all those who will rise from the dead. What does this mean? It means that Christ's resurrection guarantees that those who are in Christ but have slept in death will also be resurrected. Christ died because of sin that came through one man. For through Adam's disobedience, death was introduced into the world. Now the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man, Christ Jesus.

Therefore, in our opening Scripture, Paul started with this important connection between Christ and the first man, Adam. Death came because of what a man named Adam, did. Rising from the dead also comes because of what a man named Christ, did. Because of Adam, all people die but because of Christ, all who are saved are made alive. Simply put, Adam experienced death as the result of his sin, and since then, such death is a pattern for all of mankind. However watch this: Christ's death and resurrection changed everything and set the new course for all who receive Him as Lord through faith in His finished work. This makes Christ the firstfruits of the new pattern - by His resurrection.

Acts 26:23 reads that Christ would suffer, and as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to our people and to the Gentiles. This means that Christ is archetype or trailblazer of resurrection, ensuring and offering salvation for all those who believe, both the Jews and Gentiles. So the order of resurrection or events is shown in our referenced Scripture. When Christ comes back, all those who belong to him, who have slept, will be raised. We all who are alive will also meet Him at rapture. After the judgement seat of Christ that rewards the saints, Then we shall return to reign with Christ in the second coming. After this reign, the end will come, when Christ will judge and destroy all rule, authority and power and deliver the Kingdom over to God the Father, who is all in all. What a glorious age ahead!

Hebrews 2:10-11(NIV) recorded that, "In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters." Jesus ushers us into the Kingdom of God as His brethren and as the pioneer of our salvation. He is the last Adam who was made a life-giving Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 15:45 NLT), and this is part of God's orderly plan and design for the salvation of mankind.

Golden news: Today is the day of salvation and below is the prayer of salvation. Now is the right time to give your life to Christ and become part of God's reigning family. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - John 11:25; Romans 5:12-17; Philippians 3:9; Romans 6:5; Romans 8:2.

Guided Prayer: Heavenly Father, I acknowledge today that you demonstrated your unconditional love for me in this: While I'm living without Christ, you sent Him ahead of time to die for me. Therefore, I renounce the nature of sin and I believe and confess with all my heart that Jesus is the Son of the true living God, who died for me and was raised from the dead on the third day by God. I believe that He is risen and alive forever. I accept Him into my heart and I declare His Lordship over my life now and forever. From this very moment, I'm born again; thus I've become the righteousness of God in Christ. I'm a new creation and I have eternal life: my present-moment reality! Thank you Father and my Lord Jesus for saving me and taking full charge of my life, Amen!


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