Rev., brought forth. See on Jam 1:15, and compare 1Jo 3:9; 1Pe 1:23.
A kind of first-fruits (ἀπαρχήν τινα)
A kind of indicates the figurative nature of the term. Time figure is taken from the requirement of the Jewish law that the first-born of men and cattle, and the first growth of fruits and grain should be consecrated to the Lord. The point of the illustration is that Christians, like first-fruits, should be consecrated to God. The expression “first-fruits” is common in the New Testament. See Rom 8:23; Rom 16:5; 1Co 15:20, 1Co 15:23; Rev 14:4.