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What Is A First Fruit?

James 1:16-18

18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.

How do you interpret 'first fruits'?

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IT'S SHAVUOT!
Judaism teaches that Shavuot(Pentacost) commemorates the anniversary of the giving of the Law. Some stay awake all night in one long study session of the Torah. Generally Exodus (or at least the 10 commandments) are read along with the book of Ruth on this Holy Day. In modern Judaism, Shavuot is often a time for Confirmation. In Acts we learn Shavuot was the day the Ruach(Holy Spirit) fell on the apostles in Jerusalem and began Its indwelling ministry within believers.

This symbolizes the first gathering of the harvest. Yeshua rose on Firstfruits, so He was the Firstfruits of the resurrection as in 1 Corinthians 15:20 "But now is Messiah risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept."
---John on 8/7/11


First Adam sinned--Second Adam sacrifice.
Repentance unto remission
---char on 7/30/11

Gen4:2
she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
Isa 53:6
All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way, the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Eze34:11
For thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

Isa61:10
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God, for he hath clothed me with garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
---Trav on 8/5/11


God's first fruit hung on a tree...knowledge of good and evil. Immanuel came to us and hung on a tree for our skewed knowledge of good and evil.

He rose above according to the scriptures, so that now we can now eat from the tree of Life everlasting.
---aka on 7/30/11


God is Love-Only In/by/from Him is complete forgiveness
[firstfruit for forgiven].
'atsah, "to close the eyes." [eat of the tree], closed eyes to the truth of God, an act which opens the eyes to the shame. [nakedness].
(Gen 3:7) And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed [fig leaves] together, and made themselves aprons
Parallelism- Idolatry/adultery
rejecting the Word of God
Jer3[all]
vs6 up upon every high mountain and under every green tree...[Asherah]vs8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel [committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce]...
First Adam sinned--Second Adam sacrifice.
Repentance unto remission
---char on 7/30/11


trav, my fig tree is named....baptist fig tree...all that is needed. I am still getting fed from my fig tree. In due season, it will be finished producing.
---shira3877 on 7/30/11




Shira, that was a great answer you gave about your tree. you also have my witness.
---Mark_V. on 7/29/11


Fig Tree-
Mk11:20-28,21:19-21,
Judges 9:7-17(all)
8The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them, they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.
But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou,reign over us.
---char on 7/26/11

Other men pointed to me years ago....your's appears to be your own check and balance witness.
Completing the meal.
Isa28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little:

Psa 119:63
I am a companion of all them that fear thee, of them that keep thy precepts.
---Trav on 7/26/11


trav, my fig tree is completely baptist and all the figs are baptist too. My tree isn't a hybrid like some trees.
---shira3877 on 7/26/11

I've eat of the the Baptist figs....but, alas they won't partake with me now unless I graft (become a member on paper) with their tree.

I'll come by on my travels and taste the figs of your tree sometime. The name of your Baptist tree is?
Deuteronomy 27:7
And thou shalt offer peace offerings, and shalt eat there, and rejoice before the LORD thy God.
---Trav on 7/26/11


trav, my fig tree is completely baptist and all the figs are baptist too. My tree isn't a hybrid like some trees. It bears beautiful sweet fruit...much fruit. No part of my tree is dead...it all bears fruit. My fig tree can be traced back 65 years. It was a baptist even back then. some figs fall to the ground and rot (just like people) and the birds get some (just like sinners). Everyone can get benefit from the fig tree if one wanted. Just like the Word of God, it is sweet and nourishing. All we need to do is partake of this special fruit.
---shira3877 on 7/26/11


Markv, Thanks, I understand and believe you are correct.

"Their good deeds were dead works cause it did not bring salvation through Christ."
I do believe that there were and are 'dead works' as opposed to perfect works, the perfect works being led by the Spirit, "dead' works, of the flesh. "...purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?." We serve the living God by being a living sacrifice.
---christina on 7/26/11




first fruit is your first income, first wages, first salary or your first produce. it is for God so dat the rest that comes will be acceptable to Him and He will increase it.

"Honor God with your substance and the first fruit of your income."
---goody on 7/26/11


Fig Tree-
Excellent input Trav...Mk11:20-28,21:19-21,
Judges 9:7-17(all)
8The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them, and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.
But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us.
Mark 11:13-38
And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for the time of figs was not yet.
And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
---char on 7/26/11


Christina, thanks. Dead works here referred to dead works from the Old Covenant which never brought salvation but taught about the coming of Christ. "leaving" does not mean to despise or abandon the basic doctrines, but they are the place to start, because they are gate of entrance on the road to salvation in Christ. The writer warns his Jewish readers that there is no value in stopping with the Old. T. basics and repeating over and over what was intented to be fundational. Their good deeds were dead works cause it did not bring salvation through Christ. The writer was telling them to go from the Old T teachings and embrace the New Covenant in Jesus Christ. Some SDA's want to stay in the foundational part and not go forward.
---Mark_V. on 7/26/11


christina, I have a fig tree and it bears once a year but they don't get ripe at the same time.
---shira3877 on 7/25/11

Must be a USA domesticated denominational fig tree.

Google Fig's Trees. There are characteristics in trees as there are in people.
---Trav on 7/26/11


MarkV, "all they are doing is deceiving themselves if they don't do what they listened to...genuine saving Faith always produces works." Agree. Interestingly, I woke this am thinking "dead works". The first thing I did was look it up. Hebrews 6:1
"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God," Hebrews 9:14
"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?". Religiosity produces 'dead' works, opposed to 'perfect' works. Can we always tell them apart?
---christina on 7/25/11


christina, I have a fig tree and it bears once a year but they don't get ripe at the same time. You must pick the first ones, wait a day or two and get more..repeat until they are all picked.
---shira3877 on 7/25/11


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Trav, This is interesting: "Fig Trees....bear twice a year. The first fruit is the first showing of figs.
The symbology/analogy of the Fig Tree is applicable to Israel.
The Fig Tree representing "Judah" from which the first fruit should have came from among them....did in Christ.

Judah, the nation did not bear this first fruit.
Therefore the tree cursed/ withered." Thanks
---christina on 7/25/11


As per James and the Blog question: How do you interpret 'first fruits'?
-----

Fig Trees....bear twice a year. The first fruit is the first showing of figs.
The symbology/analogy of the Fig Tree is applicable to Israel.
The Fig Tree representing "Judah" from which the first fruit should have came from among them....did in Christ.

Judah, the nation did not bear this first fruit.
Therefore the tree cursed/ withered.
The other side of the House of Israel....has been bearing fruit....as Christians are found around the globe. Christ did not fail as many project without realizing it,never having been told or shown .....Matt 15:24.
---Trav on 7/25/11


Christina, on James 1, this past Sunday Charles Stanley's son gave a great exposition of the chapter. He said, people feel great going to church, listening to the Word, singing songs, and leave believing they are more religious when they leave, but all they are doing is deceiving themselves if they don't do what they listened to. (v.2:22,25) speaks of this. Like when we wake up in the morning look in the mirror and see how terrible we look, then cover ourselves with makeup, and leave forgetting how terrible we really are underneath. True genuine saving Faith always produces works. We should not only listen to the Word, the perfect law of liberty, but do as the Word tells us, because we have been released from the bondage of sin.
---Mark_V. on 7/25/11


Your welcome christina,

and again- I Agree aka,

Excellent question indeed,

Shalom to you both.
---char on 7/24/11


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//a good post would be getting buried by other posts//

i meant a good QUESTION would be getting buried by other QUESTIONS.

This has been a good question.
---aka on 7/22/11


Thank you char! I appreciate your input and insights. They are quite helpful.
---christina on 7/22/11


aka, I'm familiar with "bumping" posts. I might do the same here by copy/paste. Yours were good posts, and I thank you.I haven't been responding to many, mostly taking notes and absorbing. May share at some point.
---christina on 7/22/11


//my last post was what we called a "bump" in another forum that i used to frequent--aka on 7/22/11//

Nice.


Blessings to you.
---char on 7/22/11


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Donna66 on 7/17/11//
Nicely put.

The Fat of the Lamb-
[barah -to select the choicest meat.]
From the root word [barut meaning meat] and [beriy
meaning fat in the sense of choicest].
The word [beriyt] is literally [the choicest, fattest, animal] that is slaughtered for the covenant ceremony.Israel Couutlessly failed to abide by covenantal agreement.

Result:

Just as the animal of the sacrifice was cut in two pieces, Israel
was also cut in two for their unfaithfulness to the covenant-
cut into two nations Israel and Judah.Jer 34:18-20

Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant
(beriyt), I and thou, and let it be for a witness
between me and thee.
Gen 31:44,Lk 24:47 (all)-Lk 3:8
---char on 7/22/11


//So often in the Word there are multiple layers or depths, many facets to be discovered as the Lord takes us deeper, as we check the Word with the Word.//---Christina on 7/20/11

Agreed there.

my last post was what we called a "bump" in another forum that i used to frequent. when a good post would be getting buried by other posts, we would bump it to the top so someone might have a better chance to see it and add some more "char"acter to the question. blessings.
---aka on 7/22/11


///So often in the Word there are multiple layers or depths, many facets to be discovered as the Lord takes us deeper, as we check the Word with the Word.---Christina on 7/20/11///

Amen.

First fruit--stands.

All have fallen short.
James 1:16-18
Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is [from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights], with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

All souls are His-Ez 18:14
However-
There is a firstfruit to the vine.
---char on 7/21/11


//the Lord brought the twelve tribes forth from one man (Abram) to fulfill the fix to one man's (Adam) blunder in Gen 3.-aka on 7/17/11//

//target audience is the twelve of Jacob who are dispersed throughout---aka on 7/16/11///

//---josef on 7/17/11//

I Agree.

Those scattered...
The heir was announced Gen15:4,Gal3:16-
inheritance secured by an unconditional promise.
2Sam 7 Throne secured to David and his seed by another unconditional promise-due time Messiah came to His own Jn1:11
Then...
//The followers of Christ who are the light [to the Gentiles] through Christ Jesus the Son of God, that shall fulfill the prophecy and, for God, by God, spread the Gospel of God during the trouble of the end-time.//
---char on 7/21/11


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First fruit-[a certain]. Others will follow.
Parallelism-Origin of first-fruit
Matt 6:10-Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, [as it is in heaven].
Thelema-the desire rather than the resolve
[of His own will] having willed
Rom 8(all)
23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Rom11:16
fathers firstfruit-sacrifice for All Souls-belong to Him
The fatten Lamb-His Son-Jesus Christ,Y'sha

Acts 10:34-35
... Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
But in [every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him].
---char on 7/21/11


aka, "
chria, i thought you meant firstfruits in the context of James 1:16-18, which relies on the text that preceded these verses. keep it in context." I was interested in it in context as well as any application it might have. So often in the Word there are multiple layers or depths, many facets to be discovered as the Lord takes us deeper, as we check the Word with the Word. Most everything posted has been of some value.
---Christina on 7/20/11


chria, i thought you meant firstfruits in the context of James 1:16-18, which relies on the text that preceded these verses. keep it in context.
---aka on 7/20/11


Christina, thank you but it was James who made me think of what God had done in the O.T. when he mentioned the word "foretaste" in his answer, then I remembered that the same thing had happened in the Old T. Though I had to do a lot of work to find it, since I do not have everything memorized like some others but have to do the work. He was right on.
---Mark_V. on 7/20/11


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MarkV, I REALLY like this! "Giving God that initial crop was an act of faith that He would fufill His promise of a full harvest to come (Pro.3:9,10). In the same way, Christians are the first evidence of God's new creation that is to come (2 Peter3:10-13) and enjoy presently in their new life a foretaste of future glory (Rom. 8:19-23)."
Thank you
---christina on 7/20/11


James, thank you also for posting your answer. Sometimes I misread what someone rights but I try to reread the answers over and over so as to not make a mistake. Your answer was right on. I enjoy the looking up of passages so very much, though it takes a lot of work and studying, it keeps us sharp and always learning. God is so amazing He continually keeps revealing things to us. We never stop learning. Peace I leave you.
---Mark_V. on 7/20/11


Mark V,
Thanks you. And also great Old Testament references and explanation from you.
---James_L on 7/19/11


Blessings back at you! :-)
---John.usa on 7/19/11


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john.usa,

why is it that I wasn't able to say it in such plain language?

Bless you.
---James_L on 7/19/11


James, great answer you gave. "firstfruits" Orginally an O.T. expression referring to the first and best harvest crops, which God expected as an offering (Ex. 23:19, Lev. 23:9-14, Deut. 26:1-19). Giving God that initial crop was an act of faith that He would fufill His promise of a full harvest to come (Pro.3:9,10). In the same way, Christians are the first evidence of God's new creation that is to come (2 Peter3:10-13) and enjoy presently in their new life a foretaste of future glory (Rom. 8:19-23).
"The Word of Truth," (v. 18) is the instrument God uses to regenerate sinners through the power of His Word ( 2 Cor. 6:7, Col. 1:5, 1 Thess. 2:13, Titus 3:5).
---Mark_V. on 7/19/11


It is a metaphor for whoever came first in whatever event is mentioned, e.g., in 1.Cor.15.20, Christ is the firstfruits to be raised from the dead. James just means his readers are among the first of many who will follow in the new birth. Not complicated.
---John.usa on 7/18/11


James L - Most of these people had family members die without Christ, because they did not know that they had this promise or were not saved themselves before that family member died. If they were not saved, how then can their family be saved? If they did not know this promise, they did not pray for or minister to their family, thus they died without Christ. If people are saved, they now MUST pray for and minister the Gospel to their unsaved family before it is too late. In knowing this now, if they do not, their family members' blood will be on their hands according to the Bible.
---Leslie on 7/18/11


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Leslie-- I agree that the verse has to do with salvation. But it says we should be the "first fruits" (which does relate to Jewish custom) of "all He created"..which is certainly a broader concept than "family".
---Donna66 on 7/18/11


FirstFruits of your family?

Hogwash, Leslie. Plenty of believers know of family members who died without Christ.

We are the First Fruits of regeneration and restoral. We are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and given an earnest, who is the Holy Spirit.

That's what it means to be sealed until the day of redemption. We are a foretaste.
---James_L on 7/18/11


Most of you have answered that the first fruits here is money or Feast Days - that is WRONG. Yes, there is a first fruits of money and Feast Days, but James 1:16-18 is NOT talking about either. The First Fruits mentioned here has to do with your salvation leading to the salvation of your entire family - so it is salvation being talked about here.
---Leslie on 7/18/11


first fruits are produced before second fruits.
---Eloy on 7/17/11


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The first fruits were always the choicest, the foremost,
the first, the best of all that was to follow. They
were holy to the Lord. The concept of first fruits or firstborn is a
major theme in the Bible.

Jesus is called the "first fruits" of those who rise from the dead. Believers are a kind of "first fruits" of Christ, being spiritually raised from eternal death. I Cor 15:21-23 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive....Christ the firstfruits, afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. On the basis of this verse and numerous others, many see prophetic implications of "first fruits" concerning the final harvest of the Kingdom.
---Donna66 on 7/17/11


When the Jews had a harvest, the first and best went to the priests. That was the physical first fruits. So, we who become like Jesus will be the first and best of God's creation. It says, "Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4:17) So, by becoming pleasing to God, "as He is . . . in this world", we are His firstfruits. By God's word we are born for this, and Isaiah 55:11 guarantees that God's word does what He means by this.
---Bill_willa6989 on 7/17/11


As Concerning you inquiry on 7/16/11. Consider this Christina, His Called and chosen will be the first of His creation to be redeemed. And "we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs..[ eagerly waiting] "for the manifestation of the sons of God".. [Yet] "not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body." Rom 8:19-23. Also consider this, we are referred to as the first fruits, because only the believers who has lived on this side of His atoning sacrifice, has received of the perpetual indwelling presence His Spirit. The rest of His children, rest in that hope.
---josef on 7/17/11


According to the FALSE TEACHERS of the WORD OF FAITH MOVEMENT, First Fruits, is the first part of your hard earned pay you are to send to them.
---Rob on 7/17/11


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"Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field....."

"Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God....."
-Exodus 23:16 & 19
---Kimberly on 7/17/11


christina, the Lord brought the twelve tribes forth from one man (Abram) to fulfill the fix to one man's (Adam) blunder in Gen 3. The twelve tribes, became God's people...not for their superiority, but because He chose them. To lead you have to know how to follow. But, for mankind to become one again, the twelve tribes were told that that have they to renew their mindset of superiority, exclusiveness, and law...repent and be born again. then, He asked one man of His twelve tribes to tell mankind. now, jesus asks for everybody our belief and therefore we become one coupled again. reconciliation.

we have a tendency to mix theologies where all scripture applies to all christians and the twelve tribes are just a nation to pray for.
---aka on 7/17/11


I always keep it simple. Those who hear the word and grow in the fruits of the spirit would be the first fruits.
---jody on 7/16/11


Thank you for your answers. I couldn't help wondering, what is the significance of that phrase, why was that added, and not simply left as "18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth," which encompasses being saved/born again.
---Christina on 7/16/11


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christina, the target audience is the twelve of Jacob who are dispersed throughout.

Jas 1:18 Of his own will, he [the Father] brought us [twelve tribes] forth by the word of truth [jesus], that we[the twelve tribes] should be a kind of firstfruits [leaders and servants] of his creatures [mankind].

Jas 1:18 Of his own will, the Father brought twelve tribes forth by the word of jesus, that the twelve tribes] should be a kind of leaders and servants of his creatures mankind.

Jesus is the ultimate leader who became the ultimate servant. Nobody can become him, but there are those called to be like him. this is not through man's birthright of 'iffy' lineages. this is of birthrights of certain people becoming 'born again'.
---aka on 7/16/11


"How do you interpret 'first fruits'?" The beginning. The first of it's kind.
Spiritually, The first fruits are those among mankind "who 'first' trusted in Christ". Eph 1:12
Who where "born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever. Born [from above through The Father most perfect Gift, His Word made flesh and His gift of the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. Tts 3:5], not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." 1Pe 1:23
Natural Israel fore shadowed the first fruit as those set apart unto The Father as "The first fruits of His increase" on earth, set apart as Holy. Jer 2:3
---josef on 7/16/11


First fruits refers to us being born again. Notice it says we were brought forth by the word of truth, which is the gospel.

Jesus was the first fruits of the resurrection, but he had no need to be born again because He is God, and was never spiritually dead.

We are "a kind of" first fruits of regeneration and restoral when the Spirit regenerates and seals us at the moment we believe the gospel
---James_L on 7/16/11


Jesus Christ is the First Fruits of begetting the new man (born again, saved, in Christ). When we get saved, we then become the First Fruits for the salvation of our entire family. The Bible says that "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" and "me and my household SHALL be saved".
---Leslie on 7/16/11


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The best He created, mankind.

Read Cain and Able and it will tell you exactly what a first fruit is and what it means to God.

Paul
---paul on 7/16/11


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