The Firstfruit Sacrifice
“Having desired it beforehand He (Yahweh) begot us by the word of life that we might become the Firstfruits of the himself creature,” James 1:18 (lit. Trans).
From the time of Christ until now, it has been the time of the firstfruit sacrifice or what is erroneously referred to as the Pentecostal age. During this age Yahweh will call, anoint, and condition the firstfruit company of the Kingly Priesthood.
We can be certain that this preparation and call has nothing to do with the power or will of the flesh. In fact, the called- out are so hid with Christ in Yahweh that the world is completely unaware of the whole process. Even though all eyes are focused upon Israel after the flesh, only those who are of the Spirit discern the things that are of the Spirit (1 Cor. 2:11).
The long accepted theory that one is fully prepared to be seated with Christ on his throne just by accepting the history of the life of Christ only has deceived many and prevented their growth. We all must process into maturity by the crucifixion of the self-life.
If one can say “I accept Christ as my Savior” and then proceed his walk without true dedication to Yahweh’s principles and appear before the throne with instant maturity, all body ministry and the complete gift realm would be unnecessary—we would have no need of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into “all” truth. This doctrine is branded as “salvation by grace” or “salvation by faith.” Some have added “salvation by race” and “salvation by place.”
This line of thought accuses those who would attempt to work out their salvation with fear and trembling (Philp. 2:12) of trying to add works to a free gift. It seems to those that have been programmed into this thought pattern that adding anything to the grace produced at the cross is next to blasphemy. But let us consider this for a moment; Christ is truly the way, the truth, and the life, and in him is the fullness. He is the Living Word and likens himself as the Living Waters and the Bread of Life. All these things are part of the grace that is given to us through the sacrifice of the only begotten Son. But if we make our abode at the foot of the cross and slumber there, we are dissecting Christ, we are accepting only that which was sacrificed and done away with. His blood was shed and his flesh was torn, but something more than spilled blood and torn flesh came out of that tomb. Folks, that was the resurrection, the truth, and the life. Christ is alive today. He stands ready to become our life-substance, which is our guide into the fullness of Deity.
Go back to Jerusalem and search until you find the spot where Yasha died and dig until you find the soil made red by his blood and you will find its substance is of this earth-realm. But find an altar and bow before him until you feel his vibrating energy permeating every fiber of your being, and you will understand why it is written, “… The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit” (1 Cor. 15:45). You will have touched the Life-source—the power that overcame death at the cross. You will meet the Resurrection and the Life.
The Holy Spirit births us into the heavenly family naked and unlearned. Through the in-working of his Spirit and Anointed Word, Yahweh covers us with his righteousness and fills us with divine wisdom and knowledge, but we must seek, knock, and ask. We achieve by trials, by testing, by obedience, by faith in his directions, and by crucifying our self-life. It is through the gifts of the Spirit that we are able to mature. Only as mature ones are we able to successfully function in Yahweh’s Kingdom.
We are yet earthly minded when we come into Yahweh’s Kingdom. The gift realm is vital to our growth. In the third chapter of Colossians, Paul has a priceless list of instructions for the young Christians that desire growth. In the sixteenth verse, he says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
There are some things we must do here. The Lord furnishes the new mind, but we must be the one that allows the Word of Life to dwell in us. But if we do not touch the heavenly realm through the gift realm process, we are left to judge the things of the Spirit-realm by our own carnal reasoning. We cannot hear nor understand the wisdom from above except by yielding to the spiritual operation of the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, faith, etc. When we function in the gift realm we partake of a living energy that impregnates our spirit by the Living Word. This impregnation must take place before we are able to become a fruit-bearing branch.
In human affairs, we are not so foolish that we will lay great responsibilities upon the shoulders of incompetent people. If we are wise, we demand that those who labor for us in business and in personal affairs be skilled in their field and of good reputation. We demand loyalty and dedication to their particular vocation. If this is required of men who deal with the temporal things of the flesh-realm, what should be required of those who stand as ambassadors in Christ’s stead? (See 2 Corinthians 5:19-20).
Ephesians 4:12 clearly indicates that the saints of Yahweh are not in perfection by virtue of being saints when it states that the ministry gifts were established in the Church for the “perfecting” of the saints. In this text, the word “perfecting” is not the common word for perfect. It means to make fit, put in order, form by exercise, bring to right mind, fully reconcile. It suggests a process of being cultivated, tamed, or trained by the Holy Spirit. This speaks of a matured body of believers, conditioned to sit on the throne with Christ as Kingly Priest.
In Romans 9:22, Paul writes of those who are vessels of wrath, having fitted themselves to destruction. Contrary to the Calvinistic theory, they were not so fitted by Yahweh; for in Second Timothy 2:21, we are told to purge ourselves from these (profanity, vain babblings, and iniquity), then we shall be vessels unto honor, sanctified and meet for the Master’s use and prepared unto every good work. Thus, it very plainly states that we can become vessels as we choose, for honor or dishonor.
No one can force us to grow and mature. The process is governed by our own dedication and participation—not by desire alone. Many desire a high position and glory but fail miserably to achieve their goals because of their unwillingness to mortify the deeds and lust of the flesh. They do not submit to the correcting rod of the Holy Spirit, which Yahweh sent to reprove the world of sin (see John 16:8).
Hebrew 5:8 tells us that Yasha learned obedience by the things He suffered.
In another scripture, it is said, “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he said, Sacrifice and offering you would not, but a body hast thou prepared me,” Hebrews 10:5. It was the flesh-body of Christ that Yahweh used to pave the way into Godhood. We look upon Yasha’s crucifixion with horror, yet it was the preparation and maturing of his Spirit that drew our attention. His whole experience of humanity was preparation for the cross. In his everyday experiences, in his every act, he was being prepared for the cross experience. He needed faith to achieve his goal. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Yahweh,” Romans 10:17.
Had Yasha not used his body for the preparation and development of his Spirit, the outward work of the cross would have been only a sham and of no value. This thought is expressed in First Corinthians 13:1-3. The flesh body of Yasha was brought under his Spirit’s control until his flesh was made to serve him. The Spirit’s control over the flesh was the power that produced the resurrection of his body and gave to him the keys of death, hell, and the grave.
“And he (Christ) 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 preeminence, for it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven,” Colossians1:18-20.
“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man (Christ), which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of Yahweh, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another…,” Colossians 3:8-13.
Yahweh told Moses to be circumspect (to protect) His words: “And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of your mouth,” Exodus 23:13. I believe we should be no less.