IN HIS OWN ORDER
BY: RAY PRINZING
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming. Then the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father.” (I Cor.15: 22-24)
“As in Adam…so in Christ.” It is to be noted that this little word ‘in’ comes from the Greek word ‘en,’ which has been translated quite equally by the words ‘in, with, by’. That it was BY the first Adam all were brought under the sentence of death, is acknowledged by all Christendom, and verified by Romans 5:12-17. In this same passage it is equally affirmed that it is BY JESUS CHRIST that life is to be ministered to all. Whatever the coverage of sin and death, MUCH MORE shall be the abundance of grace and righteousness and life. It is utter folly to magnify the sin of Adam and yet diminish the effect of Christ’s triumph. “He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the whole world,” (I John 2:2) It is the MUCH MORE of His super abounding grace.
“By Adam all die, even so By Christ shall all be made alive.” There is no difference in the word ‘all’ used in both cases. To argue otherwise is to err from the truth, and leads into the delusion which has plagued Christendom for these many centuries. The final triumph does not belong to sin and evil, it belongs to the realm of righteousness, and thus THE SON must reign until all enemies have been subdued under His feet, including the last enemy, which is death. When all have been subdued, it is self-evident that none remain. The coverage of His triumph is glorious, total and complete.
But the process is wrought out “every man in his own order.” Jesus clearly taught that “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him,” giving indication that the initiative is God’s, as He causes us to come in His time, to be in that order, that rank that He determined for us. But He also made it clear, regardless of the timing of our call, “they shall all be taught of God,” (John 6:44-45)