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REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD

PAYMENT OF FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING: SECRET OF OVERWHELMING BLESSING

TEXT: Proverbs 3:9-10; Romans 11:16, Leviticus 23:10.

Proverbs 3:9 says Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the FIRSTFRUITS of all thine increase: Verse 10 says So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Rom.11:16 says for if the FIRSTFRUITS be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

Leviticus 23:10 says “When you come into the land which I give you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest,” Leviticus 23:10. It is to be set apart as holy unto God!

Opening Prayer:

Oh Lord our God, the bible says you had been our dwelling place from generation past. Before the mountains were brought forth or ever thou have formed the earth, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God. For this reason we give you thanks and praises, we honor your Holy name and we say thank you because you do always opens our ears to ear the truth in your word and to see the blessings inherent in it. Today Father please open our ears to hear again and our eyes to see the secrets of overwhelming blessings in your word and help us to be diligent enough to do accordingly in Jesus name we pray. Amen.

INTRODUCTION

The Bible is replete with virtually inexhaustible provisions for Man’s comfort here on earth and in eternity. The oldest singular limitation is Man’s refusal to simply obey the WORD of GOD. 3 John 2 for instance reaffirmed God’s persistent intention and plan for man: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prosperity. However, God not wanting to appear to man as a Dictator, grants man the freewill to enjoy virtually endless benefits ONLY on the condition of total obedience, to the giver of these benefits -The Almighty GOD.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING

God instructed Moses to expose the secret of overwhelming blessings to His chosen Nation of Israel. Moses obeyed God by stating the conditions precedent to man enjoying God’s overwhelming blessings. In the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, Moses stated the significance of FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING, in not less than thirteen (13) occasions.

Exodus 23:19 stipulates strict obedience to giving of FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING. He repeated this again in Exodus 34:26. To remove any ambiguity on the significance of FIRSTFRUIT, God expressly instructed Moses again in Leviticus 23:10 that the euphoria of victory and celebration of wonderful accomplishment must not be allowed to obliterate compliance with His instruction on FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING.

For brevity, let us itemize important points to note on FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING:

  1. FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING must be taken to God’s house (Exodus 23:19; 34:26);
  2. The FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING must be delivered to the Priest of the Nation (Lev.23:10; Numbers 18:42) otherwise known as the High Priest as at then in Israel (Numbers 3:32);
  3. The FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING shall apply to all a man engages in for livelihood (Deuteronomy 18:4);
  4. The giving of FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING must be accompanied with worship (Deuteronomy 26:10);
  5. It must be offered once and during each cycle of harvest, which was yearly in biblical time (Nehemiah 10:35). It must however be noted that in situations of multiple planting seasons within one year, FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING becomes due after each harvest exercise;
  6. The FIRSTFRUIT is the exclusive preserve of the one considered the Nation’s Man of God (II Kings 4:42); and
  7. The FIRSTFRUIT in Hebrew is “bikkurim” and literally means “promise to come.” And there is ONE who never breaks His promise – God! That is why the truth behind this “promise to come” in God’s Word is so powerful. Though long overlooked by many, this divine establishment of God’s order of things is actually the root that governs the rest. When you KEEP FIRST THINGS FIRST through faith and obedience, you turn God’s promise into provision… ABUNDANT PROVISION! The giving of FIRSTFRUIT must be done promptly along with payment of tithe ( II Chronicles 31:5).

OVERWHELMING BLESSINGS OF GOD

  1. Givers of FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING enjoy God’s comprehensive insurance. Jeremiah 2:3 says God issues automatic judgment on whoever or whatsoever attempts to devour givers of FIRSTFRUIT
  2. Isaiah 61:7, “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”
  3. God can be called upon to specially favor the giver of FIRSTFRUIT (Nehemiah 13:31);
  4. The Old Testament text: Proverbs 3:9-10, state clearly that in addition to God honoring the giver of FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING, the giver also enjoys overflowing blessings from the Almighty God;
  5. The Old Testament text further implies that the honor rendered unto God by the giver of FIRSTFRUITS automatically attracts greater dimension of honor from GOD (I Sam 2:30b).
  6. FIRSTFRUITS are giving the first portion to GOD. Romans 11:16 says, “If the part of a dough offered as FIRSTFRUITS is HOLY, then the whole batch is HOLY; if the root is HOLY, so are the branches”. Giving the first portion of your finances to God will cause all of your finances for the rest of the year to be HOLY. FIRSTFRUITS causes God to treat your finances as HOLY giving you favor with GOD because your finances are connected to the FIRST FRUIT OFFERING.
  7. Ezekiel 44:30 “The first of all FIRSTFRUITS of every kind and every contribution of every kind, from all your contributions, shall be for the priests: you shall also give to the priest the first of your dough to cause a blessing to rest on your house.” FIRSTFRUITS impart a blessing on your home. Many times a financial blessing is not our main need or concern. Having a blessing on your home positions you to have healing in your physical, spiritual and emotional need for you and your family. When you give FIRSTFRUITS not only do you benefit but your saved and unsaved loved ones do also.

CONCLUSION

God’s intention is that Man lives a life of true dominion, comfort and overwhelming blessings. However, realizing this divine desire depends on Man’s prompt, total and consistent obedience to God’s instructions, one of which is giving of FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING.

Closing Prayers: If you have observed that your sincere desire to obey God promptly, totally and consistently, is being frustrated by inability to do so, Jesus is ready to give you the grace right NOW. All you need is to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, begin to attend a Bible teaching Church near your home, you will receive grace to experience God’s Overwhelming blessings.

Go to www.rccg.org for frequently asked questions on FIRSTFRUITS OFFERING in RCCG.

In the Redeemed Christian Church Of God, all FIRSTFRUITS OFFERINGS goes to the RCCG National Account and report presented to our General Overseer with which he pronounced blessings directly on all the FIRSTFRUIT OFFERINGs and on the giver. Since it is meant for the High Priest why not send it directly through the RCCG ONLINE GIVINGs? Now if you want to pay your FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING kindly click on the link below and your FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING will be acknowledged by the Office of The General Overseer thereafter.

FIRSTFRUIT

Remain in His presence always.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Hebrews 13: 8

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  1. Rolayo

    Deliverance sermons and prayers
    Firstfruits offering: Whats Bible say about firstfruits?

    babalobi
    8 years ago
    By Pastor E. Adeboye

    Memorise: “Honor the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase:” (Proverbs 3:9)

    Read: Proverbs 3:9-10

    Today’s reading says those that know their God honour Him with their first fruits. If you do not pay your first fruits, it is an evidence that you are yet to know who you serve. Those who know God never trivialise His commands because whatever He asks you to do is of utmost importance.

    <p When Abraham gave Isaac as an offering to God, he was honouring God with his first fruits. No wonder today, he has countless children all over the world! Your first salary in a new job is your first fruits. The first profit from a new line of business is your first fruits. For those already working, every year, your first salary or profit is your first fruits. When promoted to another level, the difference between your former salary and the new one is your first fruits. Honour God with it. As you faithfully pay it, an abundance is triggered.

    “A just weight and balance are the LORD’s: all the weights of the bag are his work” (Proverbs 16:11). Those who will be strong materially never take the money that does not belong to them. They know it will be counter-productive. Lies, falsification of records, and other fraudulent measures cannot add to you. They will work against your financial prosperity.

    <p Have you ever sat back to compare how you spend the money that comes clean with the ones that come through the back-door? If you do, you will observe that the former is peaceful, gives joy and is well spent. The latter however, does not give its owner peace of mind. Negative events suddenly erupt and before long such wealth is gone. You cannot use such money to do something truly meaningful. An Alhaji once gave his hall for rent to a Gospel church. After some years, he was under pressure by Muslim leaders to eject the church. He refused, saying the little that the church pays him is clean money. He could not compare it with the millions of dirty money he gets.

    Proverbs 15:16 says, “Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith”. What most struggling believers do not know is that the rich in the world are envious of them. The CEO of a large establishment was envious of one of his staff who is a believer. The staff was poorly paid and denied his benefits for years, yet the little he has, as well as the clothes he wears, became the envy of his multi-millionaire boss. This year, you will be envied. Your little will be blessed. The Lord will multiply your blessings. You will overtake those ahead of you. But remember to honour the Lord with every increase He brings your way.

    Are you owing God first fruits? Pay it today!

  2. Nnanna

    Thank you for the explanation. A pastor advised me to pay my first fruit after removing my tithes, my understanding is to pay all after removing the tithe. I have been worried because my family depends on the salary, my rent has expired and a lot of other things that is based on the salary. Kindly advise further. God bless you.

    • Jide

      CAN SOMEONE PAY THE FIRST FRUIT AFTER REMOVING TRANSPORT FARE, THE ESTIMATED FOOD COST FOR THE FOLLOWING MONTH AND TITHE FROM THE BULK SALARY RECEIVED FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER GAINING EMPLOYMENT?
      OR
      PAY JUST THE BASIC SALARY FIRST RECEIVED AND USE THE OTHER ALLOWANCES (e.g TRANSPORT, HOUSING ETC) FOR THE PURPOSE MEANT FOR IN OTHER TO ALLEVIATE POSSIBLE SUFFERING IN THE COURSE OF THE MONTH FOLLOWING?

      PLEASE ADVISE

  3. emmanuel oredipe

    pls sir enlighten me more am a day earner how can pay my first fruits,is it for throughout the or the day money

    • Malachi Oluwakemi

      Your first fruit is your first income or earning in a new year based on how you receive your pay. if you are paid daily you can gather it together for a month. you will receive the blessing and if you decide to pay based on d pay of the first earning of a day, you are still right. The more you give; the more your blessing.

    • Malachi Oluwakemi

      First fruit is different from tithe. Tithe is the 10% of your income. e.g if your monthly income is $100,000, your tithe $10,000.

      First fruit is the first income you earn in a year irrespective of the month of the year. When you want to pay your first fruit, you will remove the tithe from the income and pay the remaining as your first fruit

  4. Faustina

    Hello,
    Please i need more enlightenment about the firstfruit offering. Do you give your first sales as first fruits offering if you own a business?
    God richly bless you for the good work.

    • Malachi Oluwakemi

      Your first fruit goes to the High Priest of your church. E.g in RCCG, It goes to the General Overseer.

      • Adebanji Adisa

        If the G.O. of a Church is the “High Priest, what position does Jesus occupies in that Church?
        My question is based on Hebrews 2:17 and Hebrews 4:14.
        Regards,
        Adebanji

        • toyin

          No doubt, Jesus is our High Priest according to the Bible, as in your above reference scriptures. For Daddy G.O., he is a representative of Jesus Christ to us.

  5. Hudson

    Praise God. I want to ask something that puzzle me about 1st fruit. I read somewhere that everything that opens the womb is 1st fruit for God. So, if I have my cow and it gives birth, I will give the calf as first fruit. Then I wait for the cow to produce again and I rear its calf. Now when this calf also produces, do I have to give its first fruit (the calf that opens its womb), and then i rear the 2nd and when it also produces, i give its first and the story goes on like that…..advise me please (i hope my question is understood). And then 2nd question: if i am a pig rearer and my pig produces 12 piglets, do i have to offer all of them as first fruit? Thanks…waiting for your kind reply.

    • Vick

      Dear Hudson,
      Only the first cow is God’s. Same applies to all the other animals whether they are born of same cow or not.
      For example, if your cow gives birth for the first time then that calf is the Lord’s.
      When it continues to give birth year after year which must surely happen, they are all yours.

      When the calves mature & give birth then the first which opens the womb shall be the Lord’s.

      You can take it to your church pastor or sell it & bring the FULL amount to God’s house.

      The house of God is the designated place to present your first fruit. Those who take it elsewhere will not get the promises.

      Bless you bro !

    • Malachi Oluwakemi

      It is advised that you rear them up, sell them and take the proceeds to the High Priest of your church.

      • Akorede Banwo

        Hello Ma. Please I would like to find out something. if you are into farming and you harvest once a year, so how do you pay the first fruit? how do you pay firstfruit If you borrow money from the bank like loan or overdraft ? Do you pay it after taking out all expenses like salaries and all the running cost from the sales?

  6. Vick

    On January 2015, I gave my first day’s wage as my first fruit (wage I got from my first day’s work in January).
    In January 2016 I gave my first week’s pay as my first fruit offering.
    This year, I also gave my first January week’s wage…
    Then I got promoted & gave my first week’s pay as first fruit of the Increase .

    I must confess, I’ve never been broke or misfortuned since I started the practice of first fruits offering.

    Even those who tried to get me out of my job eventually left & favours just keep pouring in like rain nonstop to this moment.

    Am looking forward to giving an even bigger first fruits soon so my advice to everyone is:

    Don’t question it, & don’t go broke because you are not sure of how much exactly to give. If God lays it in your heart to give a day’s wage or a week’s or a month’s or your entire savings or to give everything you own in this life, then go ahead.
    But the bottom line is that God doesn’t want you broke at any time in your life !!!

    Am not a member of RCCG but we’re all members of one body- Christ. I came across this post while doing some research online.

    Give the first & the best – your giving must hurt you to qualify as a sacrifice . Jesus was hurt as an example of a sacrifice / offering to us.

    I hope this helps… God bless you folks!

        • Bob

          Romans 11:15-20 . I don’t think this is referring to giving. Its about works. And its first fruits not first fruit, isn’t it?
          ———-
          15 For if the casting away of them is a reconciling of a world, what is their receiving but life from the dead? 16 And if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are also. 17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and thou, being a wild olive, wast grafted in among them, and didst become partaker with them of the root of the fatness of the olive tree; 18 glory not over the branches: but if thou gloriest, not thou bearest the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say therefore, Branches were broken off, that I be grafted in. 20 Well; by the r unbelief were they broken off, and thou standest by the faith.

  7. Vick

    Hello Mr Obi,
    Have you presented your situation before the elders of your local church?
    In all honesty, how are things with you now?
    Regards, Vick.

  8. Malachi Oluwakemi

    First fruit is your first income or earning in the new year. If you pay first fruit with your first gift you will also receive God’s blessing on it.

  9. Malachi Oluwakemi

    I t is always advised to pay your first fruit in the church you attend regularly and where you have being spiritually nourished. For the benefit of doubt you can pay directly using the online giving platform.

  10. Malachi Oluwakemi

    First fruit is the proceed from the first job you did in the new year. I advice you use your salary for January as first fruit not December salary. You are supposed to remove your tithe before paying.

    • Comfort Tosin

      How will I pay first fruit of the salary that is not complete because I am servicing a loan? Is that left over a first fruit? Also,my employer does not pay regularly, January salary may be paid in April, will I pay it by April then?

  11. Babalola babatunde

    Thank you sir for sharing this wonderful topic but I will need more elaborate explanation on this FIRST FRUIT,for example there’s is always increase in my salary yearly either on appraisal (yearly)or union negotiation (every two years).
    Which of this is my first fruit or do I need to assign a certain amount as my first fruit lower or higher than the yearly appraisal or the negotiation.
    Note,there are some years I do receive negotiation and appraisal together as Increase and some only appraisal as my increase.
    Pls elaborate and advice more.
    What can I do?

    • toyin

      your very first earning is your first fruit, so if you appraisal/increase comes with your first salary, then your first fruit is 100% total. If your appraisal/increase comes later, that increase (difference) is your first fruit.

      • toyin

        let me elaborate more on this….’your very first earning is your first fruit, so if you appraisal/increase comes with your first salary, then your first fruit is 100% total. If your appraisal/increase comes later, that increase (difference) is your first fruit.’
        it means you will pay that very first earning and when your increase comes, you will also pay that increase.

  12. Boniface Samuel

    sir thanks for this insightful teaching . i pray for more wisdom, knowledge and understanding in Jesus Name. pls i want you to clarify the statement you made in one of your reply to one of the question asked. you said that first fruit does not require paying all that is received, that one can just decide what to pay. why do you see it that way?

  13. Rotimi

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks for the write-up. Just wanted to be sure i got you clearly. You said increase in salary is not the same as first fruit of increase? Then what is first fruit of increase? Because in our RCCg sunday school manual, we have been taught there are three categories of first fruits: 1. First fruits sacrifice. 2. First fruits increase. 3. First born redemption.

    For the first fruit increase, we were taught and have taught that this is the difference in salaries or income. For example if you were earning 50k and you got increase to 80k, the 30k is your first fruit of increase.

    pls can you clarify your comment sir?

    thanks

  14. Daniel

    God richly bless you for the explanation of the first fruit, 1.Sir i want to know the calculation for first fruit, as 10% goes for tithe 2. Apart from Januray what month else should we pay our first fruit

    • toyin

      first fruit is 100%. but where there is an increase in income, you pay the increase as first fruit of increase. this means that first fruit can actually come up more that once in a year. For example after paying your first fruit in January, you get a raise in april, you will pay the difference as first fruit. you get a raise 3 times, you pay the difference 3 times.

  15. Godswill

    Paying Above Tithe is OK, its your relationship with GOD that matters, ONCE YOU GIVE HIM YOUR HEART WHAT IS IN YOUR HAND WILL BE VERY EASY TO RELEASE. Don’t we find it easier to give things to loved ones than a perceived enemy.

  16. Mary

    To me an increase in salary is not first fruit of sacrifice but first fruit of inctease. Sacrifice is ur first earning in a year. And 2 me and those I have seen practice it is d whole salary. Is d redemption of first male child that u can give as the spirit leads or u can afford. Thanks.

  17. Charles

    If you get a new Job and you resigned (due to potential posibility of retrenchment) from the previous Job, if you get your first pay (lesser that the pay from your previous job) in your new job, are you going to give First Fruit or Tithe from the new Job

    • toyin

      your first salary is your first fruit on that job, so you pay all. the previous job and this not not the same. the new job is new and fresh and so first pay there is first fruit, it is a first harvest.

  18. Godwin

    Should Christians today give a first fruits offering?

    First Fruits in the Old Testament

    The first fruits offering was an offering required by God of the Israelites. It’s mentioned several times in the Old Testament law:

    Exodus 23:19a: “The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God.”

    Leviticus 23:10: “‘Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land that I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.”

    Proverbs 3:9-10: “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”

    The most comprehensive passage about the first fruits offering is found in Deuteronomy 26. It explains that the purpose of the first fruits was to acknowledge how God took the Israelites down to Egypt, multiplied their number, released them, and gave them the land of Canaan for an inheritance. Canaan was a fertile land that was already settled by people who did horrible things like sacrifice their children. For their sin, God had the Israelites destroy the Canaanites, and then He gave the Israelites the land.

    God told the Israelites that the first fruits offering was to be given in thanks for “cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant…” (Deuteronomy 6:10-11). The offering was brought to the temple where it was displayed before God, and then given to the priests for their sustenance (Numbers 18:11-12). Proverbs 3:9-10 does say that offering first fruits will bring blessings, but it’s unclear if this is a general proverb or a specific promise of God to His people; in the majority of appearances, first fruits is associated with thanks to God for bringing the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan.

    The law is somewhat vague in the specifics, and has opened itself up to rabbinic interpretation. For instance, Scripture does not dictate how much the first fruits offering should be in comparison to the harvest. Leviticus 23:17 mentions two loaves of bread for an offering for wheat, and rabbinic custom stated the minimum offering should be 1/60th of the harvest, although this is not in the Bible. Rabbis decided that only the seven species characteristic to Canaan were required: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olive oil, and dates (or honey). The offering could be brought anywhere between late spring and the fall. If the giver lived far from Jerusalem, the fruit could be dried.

    The most significant aspect of the first fruits offering was the reason behind it: it was designed to acknowledge and thank God for providing the Israelites with the land flowing with milk and honey after their captivity in Egypt. It was a ceremonial act for the nation of Israel. It was not meant to be an act of faith that God would provide in the future, nor even to honor God as first in their lives. It was an act of obedience, and while that obedience was part of God’s promise to Israel that He would bless them, it was the faithfulness of obedience that ensured His blessing, not the offering itself.

    The term “first fruits” is used in another, somewhat metaphorical way in the Old Testament. It refers to the firstborn son of each human man or female animal. All firstborn males belonged to God, but depending on the species, they could be redeemed—that is, a sacrifice could be made so they could stay. God provided the redemption for the “first fruit” sons by taking the Levites for Himself to care for the tabernacle and the temple (Numbers 3:12). The firstborn male of each female herd animal had different standards depending on what they were. For instance, a firstborn male donkey could be redeemed by donating a lamb (Exodus 13:12), but cows, sheep, and goats were to be sacrificed (Numbers 18:17). Use of “first fruits” in this manner does not directly relate to the first fruits offering. The firstborn animals were dedicated in remembrance of God taking all the firstborns of men and animals in Egypt while the first fruits produce were given in remembrance of God providing for Israel in Canaan.

    First Fruits in the New Testament

    First fruits are mentioned in several ways in the New Testament:

    – Romans 8:23 states “And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit…” As in other passages, Paul is using “first fruits” as a metaphor for the first appearance of a promised blessing. Here, it is the Holy Spirit, the “helper” who Jesus promised in John 14:26. The very first followers of Jesus were also the very first to experience the blessing of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit—they received the “first fruits” of the Holy Spirit’s work in the lives of believers.

    – In Romans 11:13-16, Paul makes a confusing statement in regards to the rejection of Jesus by the Jews. It was always God’s intent to bring salvation to the Gentiles (non-Jews). It was not His intent that the Jews would reject that salvation. But, since they have, God hopes that His new relationship with the Gentiles will make the Jews jealous—envious—and cause them to want that relationship for themselves. Apparently some Gentile Christians turned their acceptance of Christ into pride and harassed the Jewish Christians. God is for all, and even the Gentiles who accepted Christ should not have treated the few Jewish Christians they came into contact with arrogantly.

    Verse 16 continues: “If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump…” The phrasing is odd, but it’s believed that the “dough” refers to the first Jewish Christians and the “whole lump” to Jews in general, meaning that God has not abandoned the Jewish nation indefinitely. If the first Jewish Christians were redeemable, then the Gentiles needed to remember that every Jew is redeemable. “First fruits” is used as a metaphor to mean the first part of the harvest of Jewish souls that are to be saved through Christ’s sacrifice.

    – 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23 refer to Jesus as the “firstfruits” of those who will be raised from the dead. He is the firstborn Son of the Father, and His resurrection is the first of the promise that all who follow Him will also be raised. He is a guarantee of our future blessing.

    – 2 Thessalonians 2:13 and James 1:18 call New Testament saints “firstfruits.” They were the first to follow Christ, and act as a promise that there will be more to come. In fact, James 1:18 infers that the Christians in the early church were the “firstfruits” of all of creation and the promise that creation itself will be restored.

    – The final mention of firstfruits in the Bible is in Revelation 14:4 and speaks of the 144,000 Jewish witnesses who will spread the Gospel during the Tribulation. They will have a special role in Heaven and are claimed by God and Jesus as special representatives of those who are saved.

    All to say that although the term “firstfruits” is used in the New Testament, it does not refer to giving, whether to the Temple or the church. It acts as a metaphor to mean those who experience God’s blessing first or in a special way.

    First Fruits Today

    The concept of first fruits is sometimes used by preachers today to encourage their parishioners to give an offering above and beyond tithing.

    The first fruit itself may vary:
    – First paycheck of a new job or the first paycheck of the year
    – Portion earned from the sale of something
    – Portion of each subsequent paycheck
    – Take a Sabbath the first day of the week, and/or have a quiet time in the morning

    The reasons stated for giving a first fruits offering also vary:
    – To show sacrificial faith that God will provide
    – To give thanks that God did provide
    – To “sow a seed” so that God will make the giver rich
    – To ensure God will bless the giver’s plans for the new year

    The problem is, the first fruits offering was for the Jews for a specific purpose. Nowhere does the New Testament mention that the church is required or even encouraged to give a “first fruits offering.” Like tithing, giving to the church is left up to the personal convictions of the individual believer. There is no blanket policy for giving.

    This presumes that the work of God be understood in a dispensational manner instead of following the teaching of replacement theology. Replacement theology teaches that the church has replaced Israel in God’s plan for the world. All of the promises God gave Israel (including material blessings for obedience) are transferred to the church. Dispensational theology claims that God gave Israel and the church different promises, and many of Israel’s promises will not come to fruition until the millennial kingdom. It is the belief of this ministry that dispensational theology best interprets the Scriptures. The church cannot claim all the promises God made to Israel in the Old Testament.

    That doesn’t mean that giving a first fruits offering is bad in and of itself. Like the term (or even the practice) “tithing,” “first fruit” can be used as a sort of shorthand to mean “voluntary offering given in thanks or faith.” There’s nothing wrong with giving above and beyond what is regularly budgeted for—as long as the motivation is personal and not pressured by church leadership.

    The ways in which churches use the phrase (and the practice) vary in theological truth. To say that “laying down a seed” so that God will make someone rich, or that you can pay off God to bless future plans, is an abusive lie from adherents of the prosperity gospel. To give sacrificially is to follow in the example of the widow of Mark 12:41-44, and is commendable as long as it isn’t coerced. To give an offering in thanks that God provided is perfectly acceptable. But if a church wants to have a period of fund-raising, it would be better to have a specific purpose and not just try to spiritualize the desire to have more capital in the bank.

    This brings to mind the purposes the New Testament gives for church offerings. First Timothy 5:17-18 says that the church should support those who run the church. First Corinthians 9:14 says that those who preach the gospel should be supported by their work. Several times the New Testament exhorts believers to give to those who are in need (Matthew 25:34-36; 1 John 3:17-18). The New Testament says we are to give in faith, but it doesn’t say that we are to give to the point of destitution so that our faith can grow (1 Corinthians 16:2). There is a difference between faithful sacrifice and bad resource management.

    As far as the first fruit offering as described in the Old Testament, the church is exempt. Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but He did come to fulfill it—including being the first fruit, Himself (1 Corinthians 15:20). If the usage of the term “first fruit” in the New Testament is to be considered, the manifestation of first fruit in the church age means that those who were saved in the early church were a promise that more would follow. And Jesus’ resurrection is a promise that we, too, will be resurrected. Any other use of “first fruits” is either abusive or careless. There are better terms to use when a church collects a special offering, and there are more biblical ways to do so than to insist, cajole, and threaten people to give.

    Ironically, what the New Testament teaches about giving is more extreme. God wants all of us (Romans 12:1). Because of that, every monetary blessing we have is His, and we should do with it as He leads—whether to use on ourselves or to use for others. Matthew 25:14-30 tells us that we should be responsible with His blessings. This would include giving for a purpose, giving by the leading of the Bible and the Holy Spirit, giving for the spread of the Gospel and the aid of the needy, and giving cheerfully. Whatever you choose to call that, it’s simply Christian giving.
    CREDIT: Compellingtruth

    • Elem

      Bro, you are quite right. I believe in dispensational theology and Paul’s instructions concerning giving. Paul clearly explained how we should give for the ministry and the abundant blessings that accrue to the cheerful giver in 2Cor.9:6-8. But we ignore them and follow the Law of Moses which we are not under. Much of giving in church today is under compulsion and with regret later on. I have seen families that starve after giving first fruit offerings, tithes and seeds as commanded by their church. It is too bad.

    • Hi,
      Let’s just say I borrowed money from a friend to start my new job with and to pay back at the end of the month of which is a promise I intend to keep. When I receive my salary should I give it all as first fruit or I first have to take my tithe out, pay the money I owe and even take some out for the next journey for the month? In this case, what will be my first fruit?

  19. Adams Edewor (@EdeworAdams)

    sir it is right for someone to be paying his tithe to a man of God? a pastor asked someone he helped that his tithe should be pay to his personal account subsequently.

  20. Igbokwe Esther

    Goodmorning Sir,

    My name is Igbokwe Esther,i am a student of Federal University of Technology, Owerri. I am currently undergoing my industrial training.
    Please i have a very important question;
    Must my FIRST FRUIT be given to my resident pastor? What if i want to give it to another pastor? Or can i just drop my FIRST FRUIT in the offering box or drop in on the alter without anyone knowing about it?
    Please i need an urgent answer cause i am really confused.Thank you very much God bless you.

  21. oluwatosin

    Good day,

    I have a question that has been bothering me. So I started a new job in September,of which I had made up my mind to pay my first salary as first fruit. But before I got the job, I was in debt and was due for payment. right now, I have spent out of my September salary in settling debts but I plan to pay my first fruit in full when I get paid in October. I want to know if it’s against the principle of first fruit or if it’s okay to pay my first fruit in full when I receive my October salary. Thank you.

  22. Adejoke

    Good day.
    Please I wanted to find out.Do I pay my first fruit as a seed offering in the seed offering envelope or label it as first fruit and drop it while collections are going on.

    • Mr Tobi

      I command that spirit of gullibility to leave you right now. I say come out from this young man in that mighty name of jesus.
      Now go and be no more deceived.

      Jesus Christ is our high priest so don’t allow this people to brainwash u anymore.

  23. Oyedare Elizabeth Funmi

    Good mornin Sir, I paid my first fruit for the first time this year 2017 into the RCCG account but I must confess it has being from a financial crisis to the other since January. In fact, I have never had it this rough. Please what could have been the cause
    Elizabeth

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