But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.1 Corinthians 15: 20-23
For those of you who are married, do you remember your engagement period? You were fully committed to your future wife/husband, but the marriage had not been consummated so you didn’t fully participate as a married couple.
While it is not a perfect example, it does give us a rough picture of what Gordon Fee describes in Paul, the Spirit and the People of God; Fee’s view of the heart of Paul’s theology is his expectation of the “already/not yet” approach to life.
In contrast to the death associated with those who follow the first Adam, Paul believes that all who belong to Christ will live thanks to His resurrection. Paul viewed Christ’s resurrection as a “firstfruit” – the downpayment of what is to come – truly abundant life, but not yet.
Think about this quote from Gordon Fee:
Does the resurrection inform the way you live and worship?