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.

Comments

  1. Ola Opeoluwa

    I bless God for the Teaching posted on this site, which invariably generated the questions above.
    I also want to bless God for the TESTIMONY of our brother Samuel Ajose.
    My humble understanding of the scriptures tells me that NO AMOUNT OF MONEY OR SUBSTANCE YOU HAVE CAN MEASURE UP TO GOD’S LOVING-KINDNESS IN YOUR LIFE; IN FACT, GOD OWNS YOU AND EVERYTHING YOU HAVE. TO SAY THE LEAST, GOD OWNS THE EARTH AND ALL ITS FULLNESS.

    However, the issue of “How Much should one pay as FIRSTFRUITS” has always been agitating the hearts of many since only God knows when…
    In answering this question about six years ago, while I was still in school, I did a comprehensive study on the subject of FIRSTFRUITS. It may surprise lots of people to know that from the scriptures, I observed that GOD IS NOT ASKING FOR ALL, as lots of Preachers/Teachers in the body of Christ teach it… I also found out that the definition some of us give to “FIRSTFRUITS OF INCREASE” is also NOT CORRECT.
    Please, I say these things with all sense of humility to The Anointing and God’s Anointed Servants.

    I will quickly go through three scriptural passages. We shall consider these verses of the bible in at least two different versions, and WE shall conclude on our own if truly they imply God asking for ALL or a PART. One of them should also clarify the misconception about “FIRSTFRUITS OF INCREASE”
    May be I should start with that:

    Proverbs 3:9
    “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:” (KJV)
    “Honour the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce” (NLT)
    “Honour the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops” (NIV)
    “Honour the Lord with your capital (and) sufficiency (from righteous labours) and with the firstfruits of all your income” (AMP)

    Did you see that? Increase in KJV is NOT synonymous to INCREMENT… It only means PRODUCE / CROPS / INCOME.
    And Firstfruits is also called THE BEST PART, which does not necessarily mean ALL.

    Exodus 23:19a
    “The first of all the firstfruits of thy land thou shall bring into the house of the LORD thy God…” (KJV)
    “As you harvest your crops, bring the very best of the first harvest to the house of the LORD your God…” (NLT)
    What do you understand about ‘first of the firstfruits’ or ‘the very best of the first harvest’? Do they mean ALL ?

    Leviticus 23:10
    “Speak unto the children of Israel…then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:” (KJV)
    “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel…, bring the priest a bundle of grain from the first cutting of your grain harvest.” (NLT)
    Does the above verse also mean God is demanding for ALL or a PART?

    I’ll stop here because of time and space.
    Jesus said in John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”

    The TRUTH about HOW MUCH should one pay is this: It is dependent on your own Conviction and your Estimation of God. If you can give ALL, please do, for God HIMSELF respects SACRIFICE. If you can’t afford to give ALL, give something that spells HONOUR as your FIRSTFRUITS. It can be as Low as U can imagine and it can be as MUCH as U can imagine. ONLY make sure that you do it with every sense of HONOUR unto the LORD.

    God bless for reading through this long piece.

    • Samuel Ayodele

      Thank you so much brother Opeoluwa for studying to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed …and using scriptures to answer the questions on First Fruits. May the Holyspirit continually lead you into all truth and reveal God’s mind to His Children, in Jesus Matchless name, amen.

    • Olugbenga Adelana

      On the issue of whether to give all or a part of your first month salary (harvest) here is the remaining part of what the book of Leviticus Chapter 23: 12 says “………………………….bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest.

      11 He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath.

      12 On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the Lord a lamb a year old without defect,

      13 together with its grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah[a] of the finest flour mixed with olive oil—a food offering presented to the Lord, a pleasing aroma—and its drink offering of a quarter of a hin[b] of wine.

      14 You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.

      I believe that if you give all your earnings to God, it is not even enough to appreciate him for keeping you alive and healthy, not to talk of other blessings. However, for our conscience to be clear before God and man, we need to re-examine this command he gave to the children of Israel as and ordinance from generation to generation, since we seek to be joint heirs of grace and the commonwealth of these people of God.

      Verse 11 of the scripture under reference says; “The priest is to wave the sheaf before the Lord, so it will be accepted on your behalf……….”. Now, the bible says a sheaf and what is a sheaf in the first place?

      According to wikipedia; ” a sheaf is is one of the large bundles in which cereal plants are bound after reaping so they are convenient for threshing out the grain”. and according to merriam-webster dictionary; ” a sheaf is a quantity of the stalks and ears of a cereal grass or sometimes other plant material bound together. Therefore to me a sheaf of the first fruits is not the whole of the first fruit but a part.

      If the bible says the sheaf is to be waved, it therefore further buttresses the fact that the priest can practically not hold the whole harvest in his hands to wave but a bundle or part of the whole.

      However, in all of these what the Lord expects from us is our sincerity and heart of obedience. Jesus Christ did not give the parable of the Widow’s mite for nothing. Let us be honest with God and he shall reward us abundantly. Neither Abraham nor Solomon sacrificed all the animals they had in their flocks but they gave God their bests and were rewarded exceedingly by God.

    • Emmanuel

      ola I thank you for that humble study on this first fruit issue. But I want to say something here if I am wrong pls I stand corrected as we are all learning. I know that this first fruit law was given in appreciation of what God did for the Israelites in egypt and it was given by moses. how come these church leaders are only concerned about the money aspect of first fruit? read for me Nehemiah 10:35 they like that what happens to verse 36?is it not part of the law? cos it says as it is written by the law. my people we are not under the law anymore. let see the prophecy of Jeremiah in Jeremiah 31:31-34, then see 1corinthians11:25b, then go to Hebrew 8:7-13. my people when you read all these scriptures you will see the God Himself made all these laws obsolete. Christ has become the first fruit 1corinthains 15:20. No more No less.

    • Pr Sem Lawrence

      Thank you so much dear. That is the truth my heart is synonymous with.God bless you dear, Let us continue studying.

    • Ireoluwa Ayodele

      Opeoluwa Thank you for this understanding of Firstfruit offering. God bless your knowledge bank. Am blessed. I have the understanding that Firstfruit is an act of thanking God for increase.

    • Christian

      The firstfruits offering found its fulfillment in Jesus. “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). Jesus’ resurrection has paved the way for our resurrection. Significantly, if Jesus was killed at Passover, then His resurrection on the third day would have fallen on Nissan 16—the Feast of Firstfruits.

      The firstfruits offering is never directly applied to Christian giving in the New Testament. However, Paul taught the Corinthian believers to set aside a collection “on the first day of the week” (1 Corinthians 16:2). And, just as the offering of firstfruits was an occasion of thanksgiving, so the Christian is to give with gladness.

      In summary, firstfruits symbolizes God’s harvest of souls, it illustrates giving to God from a grateful heart, and it sets a pattern of giving back to Him the first (and the best) of what He has given us. Not being under the Old Testament Law, the Christian is under no further obligation than to give cheerfully and liberally (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
      Ola what is take on my comment

    • dudu

      Thank you so much. I needed clarity. A pastor once said we shouldn’t be surprised when God doesn’t bless us with new job opportunities because God knows we wouldn’t be willing to pay our full salary. I felt he was planting a seed of fear in us. Well he certainly did so to me.
      He even makes examples of people who’ve lost their jobs because they didn’t pay their first fruits I was very confused cos I thought tithe plays a role of protecting what God has blessed you with. Thank you especially cause you quoted scriptures.

  2. ezekiel ojo

    I believe what people wants to understand is how to pay the firstfruit. Salary earners pays there January salary as firstfruit. A business man pays the first income of his business. For example, if the first business in 2016 comes by February or March, he pays the income. What if he gets two contracts that February should he pay the two income? I believe he pays the first. I believe there was no emphasis on whether it is paid January or February in the bible. It’s the first harvest of each year. What if the business man gets two contracts in January, is he to pay both or the first income?

    • nancy

      I quote from Nehemiah 10:35,37

      “And we made ordinances to bring the firstfruits of our ground (one) AND the firstfruits of all fruit of all the trees, year by year, to the house of the LORD”

      “to bring the fruitfruits of our dough (one), our offerings (two), the fruit from all kinds of trees (three), the new wine oil (four), to the priests, to the storerooms of the house of our God; and to bring the tithes of our land to the Levites, for the Levites should receive the tithes in all our farming communities”

      According to these scripture, we should give firstfruits- the first and best part or portion of our income or abundance in all our increase or ventures (Proverbs 3:9). It doesn’t matter if it is the first, second, or third of our business ventures. Give the first part (of each), so that having given this first portion to God, He would in turn bless the whole lot ( Romans 11:16), and enrich us the more.

      • Dave

        Correct Sir. It never said d first income of d year but d first of your increase(income) prov 3:9. Like we have read above, a sheaf, the best part etc of all your income. It is not a once in a year thing. But on all your income. The Rabbis practice 1/60 today, use your descretion and make sure you are honouring God with whatever you decide but remember 2cor 9:6-7. Thank you.

  3. Paulina Nzeh

    Please, I’d like to know if I could give my firstfruit after removing my monthly contribution to my parents and brother or should I give to them from my savings? Or should I just give all my January salary?
    Thank you and looking forward to your prompt response.

  4. Olivia Do

    Did you say you separated your title and took the balance as your first fruits ? did you say out off the first fruits you took out your title before giving first fruits?

  5. Happiness Nmezi

    I will want a reply if am to pay with all my total salary for the month in paying the first fruit or to remove transport.

  6. Ola Opeoluwa

    Good evening, great people.
    I’ll like to respond to some of the questions raised.

    @Amara Anyanwu:
    The first monetary gift that a ‘jobless’ person receives in a year can be paid as his/her first fruit; be it ALL or PART of it.
    Hope that is clear enough sir/ma.

    To the question of TITHING monetary gifts: I’ll say that it is not an obligation to tithe ANY Gift, be it monetary gift or otherwise. However, I encourage people to pay a tithe of monetary gifts, NOT because it’s an obligation, but to keep training oneself on paying tithes. By God’s grace, I started paying tithes when I was still a student. I had not started working then. I told myself then that I wouldn’t want it to become difficult for me to pay tithes when I start working. So I started training myself on how to release my tithes.
    So, you can tithe monetary gift, BUT it’s not an obligation.
    May I ask: If you were given a car that is worth a million naira, would you be looking for a tithe of #100,000 to pay, especially when you are not having such a financial base?
    In such a case, what God expects of you is to bring a THANKSGIVING OFFERING, not TITHE. This applies to any kind of gift received, monetary or otherwise.
    However, if you have the wherewithal to pay such tithe, do it gladly to the glory of God.

    Should one tithe money given for a specific purpose? I’ll say NO, but if you feel like paying the tithe, please go ahead. But please choose when to do such things wisely. Don’t pay a tithe that will dent your integrity, especially when you’ve been given money for a specific purpose that may require some level of accountability…
    God bless you sir/ma.

  7. Ola Opeoluwa

    @Paulina Nzeh:
    Can you give your FIRSTFRUITS AFTER removing your monthly contribution to your parents or brother, or should you give them from your savings?

    Permit me to say that WHATEVER YOU WANT TO GIVE TO GOD SHOULD BE THE FIRST THING YOU DEDUCT FROM YOUR INCOME. If you want to pay tithe from your salary, remove the tithe first before you start spending the money. It is not right to draw out a list of needs/responsibilities and thereafter trying to see if you can still pay tithe or Firstfruits.
    So if I were you, I’ll decide on how much I want to pay as FIRSTFRUITS, and remove it from my salary, I’ll remove my TITHE as well, then other things can follow.
    However, if you want to give ALL as FIRSTFRUITS, please go ahead, and you can give your parents and/or siblings whatever you want to give them from your savings.
    And if there is no savings, wait until you get some money again (righteously) and give whatever you want to…
    Hope it’s clear sir/ma.

  8. Ola Opeoluwa

    @Happiness Nmezi:
    Are you to pay ALL your total January salary as FIRSTFRUITS or should you remove transport?

    Please sir/ma, I wrote a piece earlier which should have answered this question. I’ll like that you read through it. But I will try and give a short response again.

    FIRSTFRUITS don’t have to be ALL of your First Salary of the year or as the case may be.
    Firstfruit is something you bring to God OUT of your first earning / income / salary / produce e.t.c. It should be something that spells HONOUR; it should be the BEST PART (not just in Quantity, BUT Quality). It should be the FIRST thing you remove from your income BEFORE you start spending the income.
    Read Exodus 23:19a; Leviticus 23:10; Deuteronomy 26:2; 2 Chronicles 31:5

    If you CAN and WANT to give ALL, please go ahead and do so WITHOUT removing transport or feeding or miscellaneous allowance…
    If you CAN’T give ALL, please decide on how much you want to give, package it properly and take it to your pastor. And you can live on the rest as you so please (AFTER YOU HAVE ALSO REMOVED YOUR TITHE)
    God bless you sir / ma

  9. Gbemi

    I am a salary earner, but before payment of my january salary, someone gave me some money. Am I expected to add this money to my salary as firstfruit of the year or my january salary remains my firstfruit while i pay a tithe on the money given

  10. Ola Opeoluwa

    @Gbemi
    The money that was given to you is a gift, and not your wages / salary.
    If you so wish, you can tithe such money and spend the remaining 90%; and when you get your January salary, you can then decide how much you want to give to God as your Firstfruits.
    You can also add it to your January salary and give it All as FIRSTFRUITS if you so desire. But like I have said in my earlier posts, all that I have said is not an obligation. There is no hard and fast rule about it.

    The aspect that you can not afford to handle anyhow is your Tithe from your January salary and what you want to give as your Firstfruits from that January salary. The rest is yours to spend as you deem fit.
    God bless you sir / ma.

  11. Emmanuel

    Once I gave my first fruits offering to my pastor for onward transmission to the GO, but he failed to do this. He informed me that he had to divert it to the local church building project. Does this action by my pastor affect negatively my first fruit blessings?

  12. Austeen Oluomo

    Sir, I am presently not employed and believing God for something to do. I have been so worried about the first fruit offering just yesterday a friend paid the sum of 20.000 into my account and my bank deducted the sum of 23.00 out of it leaving me with less than 20,000, As an unemployed man is this money enough for me to pay to the lord as my first fruit offering? Please enlighten me on this. God bless you.

  13. Yemi Amos

    So much to learn from these post. I will like to know if it is right pay what is left from my January income as first fruit offering after deducting my tithe which is more than ten percent. Hope i am not going contrary to biblical injunctions please.

  14. Afolabi Bankole

    I am seriously in debt and have obligations to the banks and individuals.
    How do I handle first fruit in this case as the income is barely enough to pay the debts and I don’t want to fail in my obligations to my creditors
    Also I saw something on the post that first fruit could ‘a apart’ of your income.
    Is this correct as I thought first fruit is meant to be ALL.
    Pls clarify

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Afolabi Bankole

      I pray God blesses you and settle your debts in Jesus’ name. Amen.

      That FIRSTFRUITS don’t have to be ALL is correct and biblical. U should read through the bible verses that were considered in my earlier post; they should give you the answer to your question.

      Now that you’re trying to settle some debts, try and package something from the salary when you get paid (no matter how little); take it to your pastor and trust God for Open Doors of Abundant Blessings. You will soon have a great Testimony in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  15. Ola Opeoluwa

    @Bro Emmanuel
    Your question is a bit sensitive; however I will answer it this way:

    Once you have packaged your Firstfruits, you need to personally speak to it before you leave your house; pray on it, appreciate God for giving you a means of livelihood and remind HIM of the Covenant Blessings attached to it.
    I believe on getting to your Pastor, he also should bless you in Prayers. Then you go your way. Whatever is done with the Firstfruits should actually not bother you.

    Even if your Pastor doesn’t pray for you, God has seen what you have done, and HE’S going to reward you accordingly. So, I wouldn’t say that your pastor’s action would have a negative influence on your Blessings for paying your Firstfruits.

  16. Ola Opeoluwa

    @ Bro Austeen Oluomo
    I thank God for that blessing.
    However, you have no cause to worry please. If you have read some of the Earlier posts, you would have found out that it’s not even mandatory or obligatory to give ALL as FIRSTFRUITS. You can pay your tithe and decided how much you want to give as FIRSTFRUITS.

    However, if you want to give everything as FIRSTFRUITS, please go ahead and do it. And the Good Lord will bless you abundantly beyond your wildest imagination.

  17. Ola Opeoluwa

    @ Bro Yemi Amos
    The answers to your questions are in some of the previous posts.
    I’ll implore you to please take out time to read through.

    Please, if you don’t find any of the posts explanatory enough, you can reach out again so we can respond appropriately.
    Bless you sir

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Edward
      Trust you had a good day.
      If you give all your salary as FIRSTFRUITS, there is nothing left to tithe sir.
      However, if you feel that you want to pay the tithe, then remove the tithe and give the remainder as FIRSTFRUITS.

      Bless you sir

      • kemi Durojaiye

        Sir, do I add the oct-dec bonus of last yr paid along with my January salary to the first fruit? I work shift I rarely go to church on Sunday do I hand it over to my pastor or just label it and drop in the tithe basket because there is no altar call for it.

        • Ola Opeoluwa

          @ Kemi Durojaiye,

          Good evening and God bless you ma.

          In all honesty, your bonuses of October – December are not meant to be part of your FIRSTFRUITS though you received the payment together with your January salary.

          However, if you’re led to give it all alongside your January salary, pls go ahead.

          But remember that even, giving All the January salary is NOT an Obligation. This I have tried to clarify in some of my earlier posts. So, the issue of spreading the payment over several months should not come in. If #1 is what you think you can afford to give as your FIRSTFRUIT, please let it be the First deduction from your Salary, package it properly and take it to God’s Servant to receive The Blessing on your life and your FIRSTFRUITS.

          Concerning the question on the type of Firstfruits: If my guess was right, I think you’re trying to remember FIRSTFRUITS SACRIFICE.

        • Ola Opeoluwa

          @ Kemi Durojaiye

          About the issue of Shift and not being available most Sundays in Church: I believe you can create time to take your FIRSTFRUITS to Church and even hand it over to your pastor directly.

          However, if this is going to be very difficult, then you may want to consider the option of putting it in a well – labeled envelope and dropping it in the Offering Basket.
          But God’s recommendation is to take it to and give it to The Priest…

  18. Funke

    Hello sir,Thanks so much for the post.God has bless me so much for reading and meditating on the teaching.May the grace of God be multiply upon you in Jesus name.Amen

  19. laide Salako

    I got out of church briefly today because my church had overflogged the hype. Imagine, for three weeks now, my pastor had been hammering on it. Come and see different interpretations, and rhetorics. The worst part of it was that he said if we didn’t pay it, God would go after it and collect it from us. Today, I could no longer stand it, had to go out briefly from the service when a video clip was played to support the gospel of first-fruits. For crying out loud, to what end? I don’t want to talk too much but bro, you dealt with the subject well. God bless you.

  20. abiola ikotun

    Thanks for your teaching, the Lord will continue to increase you in His wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Sir, for someone that is being owed arrears of salaries say for instance from September 2014, how do advise that i go about paying my first fruit. tnx

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Abiola Ikotun

      God bless you Sir / Ma.
      Amen to the prayers.

      If you are paid such arrears, it’s not different: Decide how much you want to give as FIRSTFRUITS for January 2015 salary, and what you want to give as FIRSTFRUITS for January 2016. You can package them differently or together; take the money to your pastor and you get Blessed of God.

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Evan Joseph

      Here are some Scriptures that made mention of FIRSTFRUITS in the New Testament:
      Romans 8:23; Romans 11:16; Romans 16:5
      1Corinthians 15:20, 23; 1Corinthians 16:15
      James 1:18
      Revelation 14:4.

  21. Emmanuel kachi

    wow thank God for this page over a long time now I have not been myself about knowing exactly what wants from me but now, am now in other .Tank U very much God made it for me through U people. God bless U all

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Emmanuel Kachi

      We bless God for your life Sir.
      The Truth is always Liberating!
      Glory to Jesus!!!

      Amen to you prayers.

  22. Faith F.F

    what a wonderful explanations, thanks to Ola Opeoluwa. We are all students in the school of the Bible. God bless you richly sir.

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @Faith FF

      Amen to the prayers.
      Sure we all are Students in the School of The Spirit; The Holy Spirit Our Teacher! Praise God.

  23. funmi

    I make contributions in my office and its a standing order and some debts through direct debit. How do I pay my first fruits. When I get increment in salary during the year, what’s my first fruit? I attend a large congregatuon with no direct contact to the Pastor. How do I ensure prayer is made by my Pastor on my first fruit ?

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @Funmi

      It is well ma.
      To the questions:

      1• Irrespective of what you have left, please ENSURE THAT YOU PACKAGE SOMETHING AS FIRSTFRUITS TO HONOUR GOD FROM YOUR JANUARY SALARY. Thereafter, you can go ahead and settle other things.
      Please don’t forget to pay your TITHE!

      2• I have addressed the issue of Increment in salary in my earlier posts on this platform. However, whenever you have an Increment in your salary, take an offering of Thanksgiving to God. Let it be something worthwhile, to appreciate God for the Blessing. Not necessarily the difference between your old and new salary.

      3• You worship in a large congregation and possibly you don’t have a direct contact or relationship with the Pastor: How do you receive his prayers over your First fruit?

      Just find out from the Ushers when you can possibly see the Pastor in his office. I’m sure you will get an information about this and go ahead to do the needful.
      Moreover, you should also pray over your First fruit before leaving your house; remind God of HIS Covenant Promises over people who do such.

      Hope you’re satisfied with the responses.

      God bless you ma

  24. Akindayomi olaitan

    Thank you people of God for all of your comments..gotten answers to all the questions in my mind concerning firstfruits.

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @Akindayomi Olaitan

      We bless God for giving you Answers of Peace. May HIS Name alone be glorified forever.
      Amen.

  25. Asogba michael

    Good evening Dad’ i give God all glory for His anointhing upon your life and all He has been using you to do.also thank for priviladge to belong to The redeemed christian church of God. Sir ‘ i’m yet to know something about first fruit.is that is it all the salary that one to give as salary earner? Or as business men and women’ is it all the income of january that one is to ?.sir sorry for the quection but your son needs more light on this .thanks sir.God will continue to use more in jesus name .yours in vineyard Assistant Pastor Overcomers assembly parish LP31.

  26. amos ojo

    this message has really blessed my life and open my eyes to see greater heights the Lord is taking me to b obeying His word

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Amos Ojo

      Hallelujah to Jesus!
      May we all know the Blessedness of Knowing the Truth and Obeying God’s instructions.

      Amen.

  27. Aloysius

    Thank you for the message but I have a pondering question to ask. as a contractor, you did a project last year and you were paid on January the next year. do you also pay that as your first fruit? secondly, as a business man, is your first fruit a gross income or net income. as you’ll have to pay some bills and rent at the end of the month. thank you.

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @Aloysius

      If you’re paid in January for a work done the previous year, all you need to do is remove your Tithe. You can also give God a
      Thanksgiving Offering if you so desire.

      But your FIRSTFRUITS should be from d earning from the first job/contract you execute in a New year.

      I have said in my earlier posts that FIRSTFRUITS don’t have to be ALL; so gross or net should not be an issue again. Decide how much you want to give as FIRSTFRUITS, remove your Tithe and live on the rest.

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Funmilola

      I’m sorry I didn’t respond to this question earlier…

      Yes you can take your FIRSTFRUITS to the Redemption Camp.
      Just label it properly before dropping it in the Offering basket…

      God bless you ma.

  28. Bassey Jacob

    Please sir. I have an increase in my Salary this year. beside paying my tithe, I want to pay the increase as First Fruit instead of the whole salary. Will I be right in doing so? If I am right, please back it up with the Bible. Thank you.

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Bassey Jacob

      We bless God for the Increment in your salary.

      Yes you need to pay the Tithe of all, and if you want to give the increment as your First fruit, please go ahead.

      However, I have written in earlier comments that increment in salary is NOT the same as FIRSTFRUITS of Increase.

      There is no fixed amount you can pay as FIRSTFRUITS! You can even give more than the increment in the salary… All to Honour God.

      Hope this is clear enough sir.

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Patrick

      Paying above Tithe is not wrong!
      It’s a show of a greater Trust in God’s ability to take care of you with whatever is left…

      However, it should be stated again that it’s not the prescribed obligation… People who do such do it out of their Personal Conviction and Relationship with God.

      Bless you sir.

  29. Agunloye Dupe

    I thank God for this knowledge about given of first fruit, I pray that the knowledge of God’s word will increase more in you, so as to share more into us.thank you.

  30. Temmy

    Sir i pray that d Lord increase your wisdom in Jesus name. U have not answer d person that asked if she can take her first fruit offering to camp during holy ghost service and also in a situation whereby someone attend d area headquarter not a parish and not familiar with the pastor can he or she write first fruit offering on d envelope and drop it in d offering basket?Pls i will be expecting your response

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Temmy

      Thanks for pointing out the omission… I have responded to the question now.

      As per your question; yes you can do so if your spirit leads you so, although I would have said you should take it to your Parish Pastor or in the least a Pastor you know so well.

  31. Sola Ade

    Please I will just want to know if the daddy answering all the question is a mouth piece of dad’s G.O. As in, is this what daddy G.O. Says about first fruit. The answers brought a lot of relief to me but just want to be sure that is what the mission says. Thank you sir.

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Sola Ade

      Sir / Ma, the person answering the questions is NOT a mouth piece of Daddy G.O.
      He is just one of the brothers who have obtained Mercy…

      I wouldn’t want to say “this is what Daddy or anyone says about Firstfruits”. I have only shared some of the Truths I found in the scriptures.

      I think if what you have read is in line with the scriptures, then you are safe to follow such Truths and act accordingly…

  32. Owoicho

    Thank you so much for this exposition Ola Opeoluwa. Are you a pastor in RCCG? Please let other pastors know this truth. This is very expedient because on the issues of Tithe and First fruits, the pastors have made God look wicked and one who enjoys laying burden and guilt on the people. May God bless you real good and increase you in anointing and understanding in Jesus name.

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Owoicho

      I give All Thanks to God sir / ma.
      And to the prayers, I say Amen.

      Please, I’m NOT a pastor in RCCG or anywhere else. I am a brother that has found Mercy.

      I’m also praying that the Truths of God’s Word especially on these Subject matters (Tithes and Firstfruits) will reach every Servant of God within and outside the RCCG Mission and will get to every Child of God who desires to Know and Practice the Truth.

      Thanks and God bless you sir / ma

  33. kemi Durojaiye

    Sir, is Oct-Dec 2015 bonus paid with January salary inclusive of the first fruit? Can we spread the payment of first fruit over 3 month or is it compulsory it should be paid once. Im also tryn to remember my pastor’s teaching stating that there are 3 types of first fruit.1. is the one we are talking about. 2. Is the first salary when u get a new job. 3. Is what I can’t remember. Do u have any idea on this?

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Suzy

      God bless you Sis.
      I wouldn’t know why you would not want the Father of the House to bless you in prayers. If you have access to your Pastor, it’s the ideal to give your first fruits to him directly.

      However if you don’t have direct access to him, then you can drop it in the offering basket (having labeled it properly).

      Are you sure that the offering you drop at the altar is safe? Except if you mean dropping it at the altar during a service…

  34. Joseph

    Praise Jesus. I have just come across this exposition on First Fruits today. In as much as the First Fruits applies to the First month’s salary ie January income and my heart wants to honor God, can I give from my February salary (since I did not know about it in January) or does that not count because February is the 2nd month? Kindly remember, I’m only finding out this teaching today and January is already gone…however, I would still like to tap into the blessings of the First Fruits. Will God accept it from my February salary…or do I just give a thanks giving offering instead because it seems the First Fruits boat has already sailed?

    Blessings,

    Joseph from Kenya

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Joseph from Kenya

      Glad to “hear” from you.
      Trust you’re doing fine in Kenya.

      I’ll like to say that I love your attitude and response to the Truth… God HIMSELF I’m sure is happy with you.

      It’s better late than never! Go ahead and give your First fruit to God from your February salary. God will surely accept it and bless your Obedience. Please tap into the blessings of this Divine Ordinance and await God’s Special Move in Ur direction this year.

      God bless you sir.
      Best Regards

  35. beverly

    I paid my first fruit 2015 and I got loads of blessings. Never saw any reasons to lack or want and to crown it all Dec 2015 my salary increased miraculously.,. God is so awesome

    • Ola Opeoluwa

      @ Beverly

      Sure God is awesome and I have found HIM Faithful! May HIS Name be Praised for ever.

      Hope you have paid your First Fruit this year as well.
      More of God’s blessings in your life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

      Cheers

  36. Ann I

    Dear Sir,

    I bless God for the explanations you have given on the subject of first-fruits offering, it has really enlightened me. I must confess, I haven’t been giving my first-fruits offering, all because of the confusion and lack of clarity on the subject. But now, I repent because I have clearly seen the light.

    My question is, having missed giving in the month of January, can it be given this month of February?
    2. Whenever month of the year you get a new job, can the first-fruit offering be paid in that month? Would it matter?

    God bless you abundantly…

  37. Enioluwa

    I believe purpose in view would spur us to good works. We have been indoctrinated because we refused to search scriptures by ourselves.

    Why does God desire us to give to Him…? Simply so that there wouldn’t be lack in the service of His house and so that we may activate the Law of Seed time and Harvest…If you don’t sow, you ain’t going to reap! Or rather, if you don’t sow, you’re going to reap…weeds! (Malachi 3:10).

    As a matter of principle, I believe your first fruit implies that which derives from your labour as wage, harvest or income. Let’s not come under guilt and condemnation of people who are either ignorant of the truth or simply just ‘belly’ centred self-appointed mercenaries.

    What fraction are we to give? I take my cue from Abraham who gave a tenth to Melchizedek, even though most times that’s about the least I have ever given. Whenever there is a need, even after I have given…I jump at it.

    The New Covenant speaks of giving and not tithing or first fruiting. Break free from the legalistic inclination that seeks to give a false sense of ‘righteousness’.

    The Epistles are replete with acts of giving that ”ministered to the saint” such that ”there was none that lacked”. Painfully, many places where the issue of first fruiting is emphasised, lack is prevalent! Even our Saviour, Jesus spoke of it once in passing. The emphasis of Christ were on the ”weightier” matters such as judgment, mercy and faith. One thing links all these together UNDERSTANDING! Understanding times and seasons, knowing the will of God and being sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Simply put, understanding for dispensing. This is fundamental to all acceptable ‘acts’ of worship.

    Lovers are givers. But I must confess too, just like that brilliant mind (Ola) said, I learnt little by little…and still learning. Mehn this tithe thing works! I asked the Lord to teach me how to give (I knew myself that I was stingy), and He is teaching me graciously. You could ask the Holy Spirit for help.

    And lastly don’t walk in guilt or condemnation from satan…you’re beloved and accepted. You will make heaven with or without paying your tithe or firstfruit, but know for sure, you’re shooting yourself in the leg failing to do so.

  38. As an Old Testament scholar, I humbly submit that the concept of First Fruit Offering (FFO) is a regulation for the Jewish nation, which contemporary Christian need not to carry out. Most Scriptural passages that speak of this concept are from the OLd Testament. References that are made to FFO in the New Testament are symbolic application. Christ is the symbolic First Fruit for the Christian. Hear what other scholars say about FFO. Below is a copied material also from the net. I agree totally with this presentation hence I pasted it as part of my reply.

    Question: “What was the firstfruits offering? Should Christians give a firstfruits offering today?”
    Answer: Firstfruits was a Jewish feast held in the early spring at the beginning of the grain harvest. It was observed on Nissan 16, which was the third day after Passover and the second day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Firstfruits was a time of thanksgiving for God’s provision.
    Leviticus 23:9-14 institutes the firstfruits offering. The people were to bring a sheaf of grain to the priest, who would wave it before the Lord. A burnt offering, a meal offering, and a drink offering were also required at that time. Deuteronomy 26:1-10 gives even more detail on the procedure of firstfruits.
    No grain was to be harvested at all until the firstfruits offering was brought to the Lord (Leviticus 23:14). The offering was made in remembrance of Israel’s sojourn in Egypt, the Lord’s deliverance from slavery, and their possession of “a land that floweth with milk and honey.” The day of the firstfruits offering was also used to calculate the proper time of the Feast of Weeks (Leviticus 23:15-16).
    In the New Testament, the firstfruits offering is mentioned seven times, always symbolically. Paul calls Epaenetus and the household of Stephanas “the firstfruits of Achaia” (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:15). His meaning is that, just as the firstfruits offering was the first portion of a larger harvest, these individuals were the first of many converts in that region. James calls believers “a kind of firstfruits of His creatures” (James 1:18). Just like the sheaf of grain was set apart for the Lord, so are believers set apart for God’s glory.
    The firstfruits offering found its fulfillment in Jesus. “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). Jesus’ resurrection has paved the way for our resurrection. Significantly, if Jesus was killed at Passover, then His resurrection on the third day would have fallen on Nissan 16—the Feast of Firstfruits.
    The firstfruits offering is never directly applied to Christian giving in the New Testament. However, Paul taught the Corinthian believers to set aside a collection “on the first day of the week” (1 Corinthians 16:2). And, just as the offering of firstfruits was an occasion of thanksgiving, so the Christian is to give with gladness.
    In summary, firstfruits symbolizes God’s harvest of souls, it illustrates giving to God from a grateful heart, and it sets a pattern of giving back to Him the first (and the best) of what He has given us. Not being under the Old Testament Law, the Christian is under no further obligation than to give cheerfully and liberally (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).

    • Vincent Matshoba

      Galatians 3:28, Colossians 3:11:
      All Christians alike, no matter what their race, status, or sex, stand on the same footing of sonship before God. There is a unity or solidarity in the Christian body. What is true of one is true of all.

    • jdcrux

      Its advisable to drop it in the National Secretariat office. You will be told the appropriate office that collects it rather than just dropping it on any box. God Bless.

  39. Chinyere Queen

    Please can someone pay all as first fruit in this month of July cos she has been jobless for long until last month being june she got a job.please i need an urgent reply.

    • FRANKLIN, GRACE

      THE ANSWER IS YES; THIS IS JUST FOR YOU TO SECURE YOUR JOB AND ALSO RECEIVE MORE BLESSING FROM GOD ALMIGHTY.

  40. Emmanuel

    I believe the writer of this blog loves God and is not a charlatan but it is incredible sad and disheartening to see how the teaching of the first fruits has been polluted … A message of giving to get, a prosperity message used to convict people to give while instilling fear if they don’t. It is sad to see that the writer of this blog is willing to promote the first fruits instruction but probably doesn’t do so for the festival of booths and other ceremonial Instructions. My question to the writer is this. since the festival of first fruits only relates to grain, meat and drink: would you direct people to do as instructed or will you ‘adapt’ the instructions for moneis? (Please note the money was available and widely used in biblical times but no instruction was given to provide money to the priests. Also refrain from referring to the fact that we are no longer a society of farmers blah blah blah) ..

  41. Tolu

    I really want to do dis next year but need more clarity. Dec salary comes Jan while Jan salary comes Feb. So I don’t wen to pay it.

  42. JD

    Question on First Fruits:

    I live in an environment where I contributed into a form of insurance so that I can get some money when I am not working.

    I am currently not working but because of prior contribution into the insurance fund when I was working, I get paid an amount to offset my living expenses. I think this represents my earnings. I also get other benefits paid by government to help support my family. The question is that I will get paid a government benefit in first week of January which is relatively small because it is merely a support payment. I will then get paid 4x the support payment I received in the 2nd week of January which was from the deductions made from my salary when I was working. I will like to pay the bigger amount because I think that closely represents what resulted from earnings. However, that would be the 2nd payment I get in January. Can you please provide guidance on which should be the first fruit payment in this regard?

    I just like the first fruit concept but I agree that it is opened to various interpretations as it is a bit vague.

    Thank you.

  43. Tope

    Dear sirs, I feel the answers to these questions would help to explain the basis for giving first-fruits:
    1. How come this is law of giving first-fruits is selected for “strict obedience” in the midst of numerous ceremonial laws?
    2. I find only one New Testament verse (Rom. 11: 16) is used to explain the basis of giving a first-fruit; is this reference verse sufficiently interpreted to teach Christians to give first-fruits?
    3. I support your view that first-fruits were given to the high priest of Israel, that means it goes to Jesus Christ. In what form does He receive and use all these first-fruit money collected by the church?
    4. The early Christians primarily gave cheerfully to meet each others needs and it was recorded that they were blessed always (Acts 2: 44–47; Acts 6: 1–7; I Cor. 9: 14–16; II Cor. 8–9; Philip. 4: 10–19); is that possible today or not?

  44. Thoba khumalo

    Thank you very much for the teaching, I did not read all the questions asked, thus I apologise if my question has been asked already and I am repeating an asked question.
    My question is, I will be giving my first fruits for the first time, meaning my whole months salary as the year is starting, what about my tithe. Am I also expected to tithe?

  45. okonkwo Stella

    I receive my Dec salary on Jan, should I use it as my first fruit. Or should I remove my tithe and give the remaining salary as my first fruit. Pls enlighten me more. God bless you

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