Emerald Christian Fellowship
The goal of the gospel is to see every believer established as a firstfruits Christian. A firstfruits Christian is a person who has been born of God, planted in Christ’s body and joined to the fellowship of His offering and sufferings, and has received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Because of this, a firstfruits Christian is able to bring forth the good fruit of the righteousness of God. God’s righteousness is being revealed in them as they are sanctified to their name as a son of God by walking after the Spirit.
Sanctification now defines the entire life and culture of a son of God − in the body of Christ, in their family, and in the contexts of the world in which they live. Paul summarised the outcome of our sanctification by writing, ‘But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive [have] your benefit [fruit], resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
Importantly, as firstfruits Christians, we have the ministry of reconciliation. Because we have received the message ourselves, and have this treasure in our hearts, we are now called to minister the word of reconciliation to others. By this means, our hearers have the opportunity to be delivered from their bondage to sin and death, and to experience the joy of being restored to the magnificent and high calling of sonship. Paul declared, ‘Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation’.