By pattern and principle, the tithe is not only 10 percent of all our income but it’s also called the “first fruits.” Therefore it’s the first, and best, of all our income.
In this same pattern we know that Jesus, the son of God, is the first born son who is the best of all born and He was given so that we could be purchased and redeemed. He fits the pattern of the tithe. Jesus is God's tithe used to redeem the world. When we tithe our first 10 percent to God's house, God blesses the 90 percent that remains so we can do more for Him...not less.
Look at these scriptures in Colossians concerning Jesus' position as first and best:
“We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created (first) and is supreme (best) over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else (first), and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning (first), supreme (best) over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything (first).
...and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”
– Colossians 1:9-10, 13-18, 20 NLT
I believe that the tithe has been kept as a secret for those who are diligently seeking Christ. Real true believers are not selfish or stingy, they are generous and therefore qualified to receive blessings and protection from the Lord (Malachi 3:8-10).
Check out these verses about the secrets held for us:
“This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.” – Colossians 1:26-27 NLT
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