“Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep“ (1 Corinthians 15:20). After providing abundant proof, in verses 1 to 11, of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, Paul goes on to unpack a necessary implication of this reality. The resurrection of Christ is the rock-solid assurance of the final resurrection of the righteous who are in Christ by faith. Christ is the “firstfruits” of everyone who has died, or will die, in him! “Firstfruits” were the first portion of a harvest, which served as a sample, an indicator of things to
What you sow does not come to life unless it dies (1 Corinthians 15:36). Paul, speaking here in the context of the resurrection of the dead, compares our earthly body to a seed. The seed must be planted, and die, in order for it to eventually become the full-grown plant. Similarly, Paul goes on in the very next verse to insist, our earthly body is only the bare kernel of what our glorified body will be. This is a stunning analogy, with awesome implications for the afterlife!