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"The Church Of The First-Borns"
"The General Assembly of the Chuch of the First-borns."--Heb. 12:22,23.
THE Church of the First-borns" is not to be
confounded with the Church of the First Resurrection. The word first, in the
phrase First Resurrection, signifies better, superior. The First
Resurrection includes only the Lord and "the Church, which is his
Body"; in other words, the Bride Class. But in this glorified Church of
the First-borns are included all those who are born of the Spirit. Those
who are to be of the spirit nature will be those who have been developed
throughout the Gospel Age--before God's favor goes to the world. This Church of
the First-borns includes all who come into covenant relationship with God
before the New Covenant is put into force. Some will have part (an inferior
part, however, to that of the Church) with the great "High Priest of our
Profession" in instituting the New Covenant. They will all have some share
with him in dispensing the blessings of the New Covenant to all the families of
the earth--to Israel first, and then to all nations.
"YE ARE COME UNTO MT. ZION,
THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM"
This Church of the First-borns is prophetically
pictured in the Old Testament in connection with the Passover. In that night
when all the first-born of Egypt
were slain, all of the first-born of Israel were passed over. These escaped because of the blood on the lintels of their houses and because
of their partaking of the lamb within. We know that afterward all of the
first-born of Israel
were exchanged for the one tribe of Levi; and that this tribe was separated or
divided into two parts--one a priestly class and the other a servant class. The
former were called Priests; the latter Levites; though, of
course, all were Levites. These two classes were types of the Church of the
"But ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the City of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem; to the General Assembly of the
Church of the First-borns." (Heb. 12:22,23.) More properly
we understand this to signify that we have approached--this is that to
which we are coming--it is in sight. Some have already reached it. Our Lord has
reached the goal. And some others of the First-borns have also reached the
goal; and some of us have not yet reached it. But this is what we are
approaching. We shall all have come into power and into our place in the Divine
Plan, at the close of this Gospel Age. Thereupon will follow the "time of
trouble" with which this Age will end, typified by the trembling of the mountain of Sinai. Then, in the same connection, we
read that we are approaching an innumerable company of angels.
The Apostle seems to be here setting before us
the glories of the future. Not only shall we see our Heavenly Father and our
Heavenly Lord, and be ushered into the Assembly of the Church of the
First-borns, but we shall be ushered into the presence of an innumerable
company of angels. These are the angels who encamp around about those that fear
the Lord and deliver them. (Psa. 34:7.) They
are sent to be ministers for those who shall be heirs of salvation. (Heb. 1:14.) They have been with us here
overseeing our interests; and it will be part of our joy on the spirit plane to
make their acquaintance. If the Apostle had neglected to mention these, we
would think it strange; for he is enumerating the things to which we are
Thus we see that the Church of the First-borns
includes the "Great Company" of the Levites as thoroughly as it
includes the smaller company of the Priests. As the Levites had no inheritance
in the land, so not only the "Little Flock" but also the "Great
Company," the servant class, the companions of the Bride, have no share in
the earthly inheritance, but will have a share in the heavenly inheritance.
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