Prophet Jeremiah said in Jer 2: 3 that, “Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD”.

In a parallel, James spoke of the body of Christ as firstfruits:

Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures (James 1: 18).

I like the New Living Translation which said that we are “… became his choice possession”.

Here are other references to the body of Christ as His firstfruits:

  • Greet my dear friend Epenetus. He was the very first person to become a Christian in the province of Asia (Rom 16: 5).
  • … Christ has been raised from the dead…the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again (1 Cor 15: 20)
  • These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb (Rev 14: 4).

God clearly showed Jeremiah that those who devour His choice possession would offend God and incur His wrath. Scriptures abound with examples of the fate of those who dared to touch the Lord’ s anointed.

Blessings and have a great day.