Romans 8:23 NIV

23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies

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Who are said to have the firstfruits of the Spirit in the above text?

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It's quite clear that Paul - talking to those in Rome, the church, the believers.

those who are in Christ Jesus v1

so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us v4

However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you v9

So then, brethren v12

fellow heirs with Christ v17

revealing of the sons of God. v19

but also WE ourselves

So it's not the Jews (though some might be there), but it is the brethren which naturally includes Apostles, teachers, elders etc - that which makes up the brethren and 'sons of God'.

The firstfruits is the spirit deposit given to believers. This works in them until their change at Christ's return. It is a symbol of the 'First fruit', Jesus, who dwells in us with the Father through the spirit. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22, Eph 1:14)

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