I am not first. I don’t want to be first. If I am elect, I am always second place. The account of my name comes after the account of the non-elect who are always first. Then, Christ trades the first-place people with the last-place people and He becomes first and again I am second.
1. Most noteworthy about the structure of the Genesis is the presence of 11 toledots. It is a toledot narrative. A toledot means “account” or “generation.” For example, the story of x is actually about the descendants of x. i.e. The toledot of Adam actually introduces the descendants of Adam, such as those of Terra, Ishmael, Isaac, Joseph etc. The non-chosen, non-elect, non-covenant line is introduced before those of the chosen line.
2. Jacob comes after Esau, yet it is Jacob that God has chosen. The toledot of Esau comes first in Genesis. That of the elect follows that of the non.
Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad-in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12not by works but by him who calls-she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” (Romans 9:11-12, Gen. 25:23)
3. The old earth will be destroyed. There will be a new earth which cannot be destroyed.
4. The account of Christ, the second Adam, follows that of the first Adam.
I Corinthians 15:45-49
The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam-that is, Christ-is a life-giving Spirit. 46 What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. 47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 48 Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man. 49 Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man.
5. From Christ forward, the spiritual family of God are no longer last. He takes the second place persons and calls them first. He takes the first and makes them last. He Himself is now the firstborn among many. His family is introduced last.
“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
6. In the “Parable of the Sheep and the Goats” the Sheep are addressed before the Goats. The toldot of Christ is now first and not last.
The Supremacy of Christ
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.