20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For
"He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
This is a marvelous scripture that lays down the sequence of events, which will happen before the creation of the New Heaven and the New Earth. There are three important points to note.
The First Point to note is that each person's salvation is according to his own order, as decided by God. God has an order of when each person will be made alive in Christ, i.e.
saved and reconciled to God the Father. Christ has led the way and He is the Beginning, the first born from the dead (Colossians 1:18). Afterwards, all believers who have ever lived along with all believers who are alive at Christ's Second Coming. This group of people is called the First Fruits with Christ. They are God's Elect both from the nation of Israel and the Gentile nations and they are also referred to as the Bride of Christ. These Elect are promised a special salvation and they will be resurrected in the First Resurrection to join Jesus Christ in the air at His Second Coming. They will then rule and reign with Jesus Christ for the thousand-year Millennial Kingdom on earth.
The Second Point to note is that the End which is the fulfillment of God's Plan will come when Jesus Christ delivers the Kingdom to God the Father. The Kingdom referred to here can only be the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth as this is when all things are reconciled.
The Third Point to note is that there are three important events mentioned in the scripture above that will take place before Jesus Christ delivers the Kingdom to God the Father. Firstly, all in Adam who are not yet made alive in Christ must be saved and reconciled to God the Father. Secondly, all rule, authority and power, which refer to all rebellious angelic powers, will be made subject to Christ. Here, the meaning of the word subjection is a willing obedience because the same scripture says that Christ Himself will be subject to God the Father. Thirdly, death itself, which is called the last enemy, will be destroyed. All of these events will happen during God's refining yet merciful Lake of Fire judgement before the creation of the New Heaven and the New Earth.
The End or the fulfilment of God's Plan comes when Jesus Christ delivers the Kingdom of the New Heaven and the New Earth to the Father. This is when He shouts the glorious words, 'It is done'. This is when there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, and no more pain. This is when Father God Himself will come down onto this refined and renewed earth with its refined and renewed heaven (earth's atmosphere) and He will dwell with men forever and be all in all.
It is very important to understand that our Planet Earth is destined to become God's dwelling place, His throne and the headquarters of the universe. To appreciate this truth, it is necessary to know that there are three distinct meanings of heaven/heavens in the Bible.
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