Twisted Tuesday – First Born

Friends, todays Twisted Tuesday topic is a grievous one as it pertains to our blessed Lord and Savior. How difficult it is for us, as believers, to hear these slanderous words spoken against the one who died in our place! It’s a combination of fear for the one speaking, anger that His name is blasphemed among the nations, and sorrow that He is not being glorified as He ought. All of that is to say, dear ones, that I did not want to write about this today. Every Twisted Tuesday I long more and more for that Celestial City! Can you imagine how beautiful it will be, brethren, when we live together for eternity without sin? I praise God that we are only pilgrims here!

There are teachers and televangelists who suggest that Jesus Christ was not the only begotten son of God. They suggest that He is just the first born, and we are all sons and daughters just like Him. This is another case where God is brought low and man is lifted up in His place. For this they twist the last part of Romans 8:29 which does call Christ the firstborn among many brethren. Why on earth they feel this portion of a verse negates John 3:16 is never explained by them. This is why, dear friends, we must take the full counsel of Gods Word. What does it mean that Christ is firstborn?

Remember, brethren, for good hermeneutics we use exegesis not eisegesis. So, without reading into the Scripture what we want it to say, let’s use context to read what it actually says. This chapter is not, in any way, suggesting that we’re sons and daughters like Christ is. Instead, it explains our adoption! All throughout the Bible Firstborn is used, not to refer to the literal first born son, but as a title of honor and inheritance. We see this with Ephraim and Manasseh, when the title of Firstborn is actually transferred from one to the other in Genesis 48. The Firstborn can be the first male born, but this verse in its proper context is referring to Christ’s inheritance and place of honor.

When we take the other verses of where we stand we actually see more legal language. It’s adoption! We are not like Christ in any way, shape, or form. He is God, He condescended to become man, He did not need to be adopted, grafted in, saved or sanctified, He is the perfect, blameless lamb of God! In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And that Word became flesh! Let’s compare that to what happens to us, beloved.

We are wretched sinners, who daily break Gods Commandments, and are unable to save ourselves from the wrath that is to come. Even the very repentance we have as believers is a gift from God! To become saved we have to humble ourselves, bow our knee to Christ, repent of all our sins, and place our trust completely in His finished work on the cross. At that point we are grafted into the family, allowed into the inheritance of Christ ONLY by His righteousness, His shed blood which covers our sins. See the major difference, brethren, between us and our Lord? He has always been the Son of God, even before time and space were created. You and I, we’re blessed beyond anything we could ever deserve to have even been made in His image, much less to have received forgiveness, salvation, and sanctification because of His sinless life, sacrificial death, and rising from that tomb.

Why is this distinction so important that it not only needed a Twisted Tuesday devoted to it, but the longest one I’ve probably ever written? This teaching is a symptom of a deadly disease. It’s idea that we’re all gods, we’re all on the same level of Christ, we’re sons and daughters just like Him. Friends, if we’re on the same level as Him then we don’t need to be saved by Him. When we see this type of theology the disease itself is unrepentant hearts. No heart that has seen its own wickedness and cried out to God for forgiveness would dare to suggest it’s on the same level with the sinless Lamb of God! These are false converts, they’ve been sold the ‘try Jesus for 60 days’ modern gospel. A false convert is very difficult to win because they believe they’ve already saved themselves. I should know, I spent well over a decade as a false convert. It’s only by the grace of God that I have been saved!

Beloved, I hope you’ll forgive me for this long post. And friends, if you’re reading this and you’ve held the belief that you are just like Christ, repent. Please, fall down on your face and ask God to change your opinion about Him, to correct it, ask forgiveness for daring to assume God is just like us. Brethren, take the full counsel of Gods Word, continue to be good Berean’s studying to show yourselves approved.

Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, podcaster and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

8 thoughts on “Twisted Tuesday – First Born”

  1. I agree, there is a lot of misunderstanding. I do believe the scriptures when they state that the purpose of creation is to raise sons of God, but we are not God. Only Jesus is God in the flesh, and we will never be good like God is good. Never. However, I do believe we should not settle for sin and believe that as God, Jesus is powerful enough to help us grow in his image, as much as it is possible for us fleshly beings, that is. We will not be without sin until we live in the kingdom to come, however, sanctification is a pursuit of genuine love and faith. Sorry if this is too long-winded. These are topics I try to wrap my mind around myself and make sure I make clear when writing, because I don’t want to lead anyone astray. Thanks for your clarifying post, sister!

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    1. I so appreciate your comment, the longer the better! Especially when it adds to what I’m trying to write so seamlessly as what you’ve said does! It’s a balance, for sure, or like we see in Pilgrims Progress, we’re walking the straight and narrow path and there are ditches to fall into on either side of us. One side is the ditch that leads to believing we’re gods because we’re adopted sons and daughters of God. The other side, like you so well put it, is believing we are not to live lives of living sacrifice unto God. I think true believers can fall into either side of the straight and narrow way, but that the Holy Spirit will not leave us in those ditches. God is too loving not to rebuke us when we’ve strayed. Thank you for comments, God bless you, sister!

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      1. Absolutely! My walk is all about finding those balances, and the process is so hard for me often because I often go the the left and the right first! But, yes! God is so good in that he never leaves us in there. I appreciate your work so very much.

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  2. Thanks, sister. I don’t have the background in the Word of Faith movement that you do, but from what I can gather, it seems that is where this heresy is growing. I know Kenneth Copeland pushes this “we are gods” heresy very strongly.

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    1. Yes, you’re right brother! Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, and even Joyce Meyers all preach that heresy. I’ve also heard Beth Moore suggest that Jesus wasn’t the only begotten Son of God. It’s a sad situation that these are the voices that the world hears when they look at Christianity.

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      1. So sad that unbelievers tune into TBN curious about Christianity and are presented with shyster after shyster. Copeland, Dollar, and Meyer I know are solid Word of Faith. Moore I know is very ecumenical.

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