JESUS CHRIST THE FIRSTBORN AND MORE TO COME
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be THE FIRSTBORN among MANY BRETHREN; Romans 8:29
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. Col 1:15
He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. Col 1:18
And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says,
“AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.” Hebrews 1:6
to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, Hebrews 12:23
Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood. Rev. 1:5
With more to come,
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, BUT OF GOD. John 1:12-13
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:26
It is no secret that God wants a family. He has always wanted a family. He is a Father. You become a father after having your firstborn. Father also has with it the idea of a source, the beginning of things, the FAMILY OF FAMILIES. The language of family, for example, Father, Abba, firstborn, begotten, children of God, brethren and sons of God as seen in just these few verses reveal to us the Heart of God. He is into making children because he wants to be a Father and have a family.
Jesus Christ knowing this desire His Father has for a family, becomes the firstborn of this family with many more members to come. He wants to give His Father the desire of His heart, a family.
BE FRUITFUL MULTIPLY AND FILL
“As for you, be fruitful and multiply; populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.” Genesis 9:7
God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Gen 1:28
God also said to him, “I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, And kings shall come forth from you. Gen 35:11
This famous command was given to Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, and Israel, but now is fulfilled in reality through Jesus Christ. The command was to go and make babies and fill the earth with your families. This was a shadow of God’s desire for a family that would one day be realized through His SON, His FIRSTBORN.
When Jesus Christ was born into this world, He had IN Him the fullness of His Father’s desire and He took it upon Himself to fulfill this command for His Father.
We see this in John when Christ is having this conversation with His Father about the “ONE’s” or “THOSE”,
I have revealed Your name to those You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours; You gave them to Me John 17:6
When did the Father give them to Christ? When he placed them inside of CHRIST before the foundation of the world. I don’t presume to begin to understand how that is possible, my puny mental capacity cannot comprehend it, but none the less, it is true.
This family of the ONE’s or THOSE were placed inside Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world. We see this in Ephesians 1:3-5
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. For He chose us IN Him(CHRIST) before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love, He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will.
NOW BE FRUITFUL, GO MAKE MORE SONS BY PLACING YOURSELF IN THEM
How is the Father making all these sons?
He sends His Son to earth who contains within Himself God’s family. He is born into the world then rescues God’s family from death himself satan, when Christ is born from the dead through the cross. He is the firstborn from the dead with many more to come. Christ took all the “ONES” IN Him with Him into death.
So that, they can to now be born from the dead and raised with Christ, ready and prepared to be impregnated by and with God Himself through Christ Jesus.
Christ’s death on the cross was not only for our sins, it was so God could make babies, have children who would grow to be a son.
We see this in Hebrews 2:9-10,
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons to glory…Hebrews 2:9-10
We see Christ fulfilling God’s desire for a family through His death. Obtaining for God the family He has always dreamed of and can never be taken away from Him again.
Because of Christ we see in Hebrews 2:10,
For both the One who sanctifies and THOSE who are sanctified are of the SAME FAMILY.
But we also see because of Christ’s death, that Christ can now be born again into a believer. Christ, the seed of eternal life can now be placed in and fused with humanity. This is not a plant seed, it is THE SEED of LIFE. The seed that comes from a physical man to make a baby is only a shadow or picture of THE SEED OF LIFE-CHRIST.
The Seed that comes from The Man CHRIST is what’s dispensed into us at the moment of our second birth, thus creating a child of God.
This is also echoed in Col. 1:27 the mystery, …which is Christ IN you, the hope of glory.
And again in 1 Cor 15:45,
So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a life-giving soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
And again in John 17:2
For You granted Him (CHRIST) authority over all humanity, so that He may give eternal life to all THOSE You have given Him. John 17:2
Eternal life is the very person of JESUS CHRIST, and He has been given all authority to dispense Himself, the eternal seed of life, into humanity thus making children of God. He now may give to all the “ONES”/”THOSE” His LIFE.
This is the true meaning of being fruitful and multiplying. This is what fulfills God’s desire and command to be fruitful and multiply.
It is CHRIST IN US.
For you are all sons of God through faith IN Christ Jesus. Gal 3:26
That is why Jesus is not ashamed to CALL US His BROTHERS.…Hebrews 2:
FILL THE EARTH WITH GOD’S FAMILY
Why does God want a family? We see the reason why in the filling part of the command. What is God filling the earth with, HIS GLORY. The Glory of God is CHRIST his Son. His Son is to fill all things on earth, including MAN.
Definition: To multiply means to increase.
Jesus is fulfilling this portion of the commandment to fill the earth in two ways:
One, by making all THOSE who belong to God, who were chosen before the foundation of the earth in CHRIST, children of God by placing the seed of Himself within them.
Two Christ is also, literally expanding and increasing HIMSELF within every child of God. He is the only begotten Son of God, the unique Son of God. THERE IS ONLY ONE SON.
As He expands himself in order to FILL, he starts at the center of man growing, expanding, and swelling outward to FILL all of him completely. As if a balloon is placed in man, the balloon is Christ. God is filling that balloon with air, or more of Christ. It is expanding, and expanding, and expanding until Christ comes bursting out through man. So all that’s left is CHRIST, and man becomes the very expression of the ONE AND ONLY UNIQUE SON. Christ fills man individually and corporately through a many-membered body. His body is the expression of the FULLNESS of Christ who fills all things.
We see this in Ephesians 1:23-24,
And God put everything under His feet and made Him head over everything for the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
And again in Eph 4:10,
He who descended is the very one who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things.
And way back in Numbers 14:21,
But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord…
The Glory of the ONE SON to FILL the earth.
What a wonderful privilege we have been brought into, being the family of God and to be the very expression of the ONE and ONLY SON of God.
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be THE FIRSTBORN among MANY BRETHREN Romans 8:29