In the next part of our current series “Beginning and the End” (10th May 2020), I shall be speaking about dominion, as we recall how having created Adam, God gave him dominion over all the creatures of the earth and having told him to be fruitful and multiply, instructed him to subdue the earth and have dominion over it.
However, evidently there is a problem. Because quite clearly man no longer exercises such dominion and neither does nature recognize it. Even if you say you don’t agree, I would certainly not recommend that you get in with the lions and the tigers at Paignton Zoo in order to find out. The fact that you know that, that would be a silly thing to do, is indication enough that you recognize you are not exercising the dominion of Adam.
The original dominion given to Adam has ceased to exist. It did not survive the great offense against God. Therefore, fallen man has no claim, stake, or power of dominion, for those condemned under the law of sin and death, are enslaved to the dominion of death and darkness, just as every believer once was. Even those of us He made alive were once dead in trespasses and sins and as a result were the dominion of darkness:-
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. (Eph 2:1-3)
And even the redeemed can no more control nature with man’s original dominion, than we can the lions and tigers at the zoo. If we could, there would be no more tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, famines or droughts. In fact, the opposite is true; such events are not going to subside with time, but rather like the contractions and birth pains of a woman, they will increase all the more, the closer we come to the return of the Lord.
No, the dominion given to Adam was lost and with the introduction of sin, Satan became ‘the ruler of this world’ and ‘the whole world lays under the sway of the wicked one’. That is why when he tempted Christ in the wilderness, he was able to say to Him…
“All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish”.
When sin came into the world it was not just Adam who fell, but every man, for ‘all have fallen short of the glory of God’. And when we fall short, Satan begins to accuse us before God. Accusation is the chief activity for Satan. He attempted to undermine God’s righteous verdict over Job, stood ready to accuse Joshua the high priest and according to Revelation, accuses the brethren before God day and night.
However, those who place their faith in Jesus overcome the accuser by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. They stand against the accuser not in their own authority and dominion, but in the authority and dominion of Christ the King, a dominion which extends to rulers and authorities, principalities and powers… for Christ has disarmed those spiritual powers which were against us, taking away Satan’s power to hold sinners to the debt of their sins and trespasses. Praise the name of Jesus.
And so, until Sunday, I leave you with Colossians 2:11-15
In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.