THE FIRST BORN FROM THE DEAD (REV.1:5 part 2)
This verse draws from Psalm 89. It is a messianic Psalm. Verse 29 says,
“I will make him My firstborn.”
The term”First Born” is often used in scripture to refer to someone who has special rights and privileges. The First Born has special rights under Old Testament Law. It is a title taken up from the OT and applied to Christ in the New Testament. Our Jesus Christ is first born from the dead,
Risen From the dead
Jesus Christ is the first born from the dead, the heir who is risen. Everything belongs to Him and is handed over to Him. All things are part of His inheritance. All things that have been taken and distorted by this world and satan will be purified and become His everlasting inheritance.
This world with its wickedness is temporary. The evil occupation of this earth is passing. The troubling of this world by satan is just for a moment. The pervasive nature of sin in this universe is just for a short while. Christ is the First Born, risen from the dead. He is risen, an eternal heir of all things.
THE RULER OVER KINGS OF THE EARTH
This is also a reflection of Psalm 89. Verse 27b says,
“The highest of the kings of the earth.”
Jesus Christ is the most exhorted and exalted King of the earth. He is the greatest ruler. In Eph. 1:20 we are taken back to the resurrection of Christ and reminded of the great power of God. This power raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at the right hand in heavenly places. All rule, power, dominion and authority belongs to Jesus. Not just in this present age, but also in the one to come. God has placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be everything for the Church.
King Jesus reigns and rules over all things for the sake of the Church. In every generation He gives grace and peace. He gives us all the spiritual resources, that we could ever need. He gives if for our well-being. The Spirit of wisdom enables and empowers us. He is completely reliable, He gives us a persevering spirit and the ability to endure.
He is victorious, He is the heir of all things!
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