“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” – Romans 8:29
LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is the first born from the dead.
From our previous study, it has been seen and clearly stated that Jesus is the prototype of the born again man; the man in Christ. Now, let’s observe two other words used in our opening text for further clarity to be ascertained. They are the words, ‘many’ and ‘brethren’. The word ‘many’ is a pronoun and this pronoun as used here does not speak of number; it means without number. In other words, by the use of the term ‘many brethren’; it will imply that those conformed into the image of his dear Son (Jesus Christ) are without number or they are numberless.
In essence, we cannot have more than one first born (that is, Jesus alone is the firstborn), but like him (the firstborn) are numberless. That is, the first born is one, but those modelled after him are many; without number. Now, the word ‘brethren’ which is the word, ‘adelphos’ in Greek is used for those who share the same womb; a common womb. Recall, the word, firstborn which is the word ‘prototokos’ in the Greek implies the model; the principal; the leading or the prototype for others to follow. Now, the question is, if the word ‘adelphos’ means a common womb, then what is the womb? It is very important to note what the womb is because it will give further clarity on the term ‘firstborn’.
Paul in Colossians 1:18 put this fact on the spotlight. It reads, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the pre-eminence”. Notice, he says ‘the firstborn from the dead’. Hence, the womb in context refers to death. Hence, He (Jesus) is the firstborn from the dead means He was born from the dead because He was the first to be raised from spiritual death into spiritual life and by being the first, He now becomes the prototype of those (the man in Christ) who will be raised from spiritual death into a spiritual life or He became a model of those (the new creation) who will be born from the womb of death.
In essence, the firstborn from the dead or the first begotten from the dead speaks of the resurrection. In other words, the term ‘firstborn’ used for Jesus was for the resurrection. That is, it is in the resurrection that Jesus is called the first born because it was in that resurrection he rose from spiritual dead to spiritual life and it is in that resurrection that the new creation (who is raised from spiritual death t spiritual life) will be found in him. We were raised from spiritual death to spiritual life upon the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: You have been raised from spiritual death to spiritual life. You are alive in Christ. Ponder on this.
PRAYER: THANK YOU Lord for your resurrection power to raise me from spiritual death to spiritual life. By this resurrection power at work in my life, I change every dead situations around me , in Jesus name. Amen
QUOTE: The resurrection of Jesus is the resurrection of the believer by the identification of the believer with the resurrection of Jesus.
DAILY READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1