And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (Gen 1:26-28)
The dominion that God gave to man
God, El Elohim, created man after His image, and gave dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. To man; male and female, had been given this dominion from God. God gave to man a responsibility to rule over the earth, and all there is within.
Man; male and female, should have taken their responsibility, and should have walked in the dominion that God gave to them, but man didn’t do that.
Their position was being taken by someone, they had to rule over: the serpent, who belonged to the creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
At that moment, when the serpent came to the female, and asked her a question about what God had said, she should have walked in her dominion.
She should have taken her position of authority and rulership over the serpent, by saying: be silent! Go away!
If she had done, what God had commended here to do, than nothing would have happened, and the serpent should have obeyed, and should have left.
She should have taken her position, so that she would have stayed obedient to the will of God. But Eve didn’t walk in the authority, that God had given to her. Instead she listened to the serpent and obeyed him. Because of the fact, that she didn’t take authority over the serpent, the serpent took authority over man; male and female. And we all know, what the consequences were (Read also: ‘The battle in the garden’).
The dominion in Jesus Christ
When a sinner comes to Jesus, repents, and become born again, the sinner is no longer a sinner The sinner has been made righteous by the blood of Jesus. The old man has become a new creation, by laying down the flesh (through water baptism), and through the baptising with the Holy Spirit (Read also: ‘The eighth day, the day of the new creation’).
What the devil destroyed, and took from man, in the garden of Eden, has been restored through Jesus Christ. When He took all the sins and iniquities of mankind upon Himself, shed His blood and died at the cross.
At the cross Jesus destroyed the works of the devil, and restored man’s position, and reconciled man back to God. Only through Jesus, it is possible to become a new creation; born of the Spirit of God.
When you become a new creation, and your spirit is raised from the death, you don’t belong to the devil anymore; he is no longer your father. But through Jesus Christ, you belong to God.
You have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness, into the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore God has become your ‘new’ Father.
You have gotten a new position in Jesus Christ. You are seated in Him, and you will reign with Him, in the heavenly places, over all powers, principalities, the rulers of darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places etc.
The devil, and the other fallen angels, powers, and principalities, death, and hell do not have any legal dominion over you. Because you have been bought, with the precious blood of Jesus. You are now seated in Him, in the Word. As long as you stay in Him, you have authority over them.
The knowledge of His will
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Col 1:9-10)
Now that you are seated in Him, the Word, you shall spend much time in the Word (the Bible), because only through the Word of God, you will get to know Jesus and His will. Through the Word, you will find out what your new position in Him contains, and what kind of authority and spiritual blessing have been given to you. When you spend time in the Word, the Kingdom of Heaven will become visible for you.
If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is seated on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God (Col 3:1-3)
Born for battle
You are born and called for the spiritual battle. As soon as you become born again in the spirit, the devil and his minions, will become your adversary too. They will try anything to attack you and to destroy your life.
Their battleground is your flesh. Therefore it’s important to lay down your flesh. Don’t give into his deceptions and the lust and desires of your flesh; soul and body. You have to stay strong and awake in the spirit, and not slumber or fall asleep.
Because how many Christian keep walking after the flesh, doing their own will, instead of living after the Spirit, doing the will of Jesus; the Word.
They are led by their flesh, ruled by their senses, emotions, thoughts, feelings etc.. They are slaves of their flesh, because the flesh rules over them.
Because of the fact, that the flesh rules over them, they remain carnal and keep walking after the flesh; being obedient to their flesh. They feed their flesh and make it strong, while the spirit becomes weaker, and weaker, and is starving to death. They become spiritually inactive, and slumber and sleep.
Praying to God
Many people keep praying to God for things, that He has already done and provided for. Or many people pray for something, that He has commanded them to do.
God has done everything He could, to restore man’s position, and to give back their dominion and authority through Jesus Christ. He has given all authority in heavens and on earth, and all there is within, to Jesus, and to those who are seated in Him.
Speak and become a doer of the Word
This dominion and authority has been given to the new creations, who are seated in Jesus Christ. Just like God gave dominion to man, before they sinned, to rule over the heaven, sea, and earth and all there is within.
Because you have been given a new position, you should also walk according to this new position; this dominion. You should speak and become a doer of the Word. (Read also: ‘The reason why you don’t experience any victory’)
You don’t wrestle (fight) against flesh and blood; against people, but you wrestle against dark powers, rulers, principalities, forces in the heavens and upon the earth.
Therefore you will not live after your senses, thoughts, emotions, feelings etc. and what they tell you. But you will live after what your spirit senses, and what the Holy Spirit tells you.
That’s why it is so important, that this ‘invisible’ spiritual world, becomes visible and a reality for you. Therefore open the Word, spend time with Jesus, pray in the Holy Ghost, fast and listen to Him.
The mission of the devil
The devil has one mission, and that is to destroy every human being on this earth. When a sinner repents, accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour, and becomes a new creation (born of water and Spirit), then he shall do everything he can, to keep this new creation ignorant and asleep. Why?
If you do not know what you have, and what you possess, you shall not use it.
The devil doesn’t want believers, to take their position in Jesus Christ, and walk in the dominion, that God has given them, because that would mean the end for him.
The way he uses to hinder the new creations to walk in the dominion that God has given to them, is through false doctrines and teachings. Which causes the new creation to stay carnal. It will ensure, that the new creation stay carnal, and keeps living after the flesh, instead of living after the Spirit.
When you apply for a new job, there are responsibilities that comes with the job. You decide whether you want to take these responsibilities, or not. When you don’t think that you can handle the responsibilities, then you won’t take the job. But when you do think that you can handle the responsibilities, and take the job, than the company expects from you, that you keep these responsibilities. If it appears after 6 months, or after a year, that you didn’t keep your responsibilities, then there will be consequences: you might get a warning, or will even be fired.
You have a responsibility
In Jesus Christ you have been given responsibilities. You cannot hand over these responsibilities to God, through begging prayers and by asking. Because God has given these responsibilities to you. He doesn’t want to reign by Himself. He wants to have a relationship and wants you to reign with Him. Because if you don’t reign with Him, the perfect work of Jesus Christ, His blood, and the resurrection has all been for nothing.
When you don’t take your responsibilities, and your position in Jesus Christ, and don’t reign over the enemy and his whole army, than it won’t be long before the enemy, and his army, shall reign over you.
Eve and Adam didn’t walk in the dominion, that God had given to them. They didn’t reign over the serpent, therefore man lost his position, and dominion over the earth.
Don’t loose your dominion in Jesus Christ
Don’t loose, just like Adam and Eve, the dominion you have received in Jesus Christ. Open the Word, and get to know Him. Know in Whom you are seated, and find out what dominion you have been given in Him, and walk in that dominion.
Destroy the works of the devil, before they destroy you.
In my next blog post, I will continue with this subject. I will discuss the mind, and the many thoughts of a person. How the enemy attacks a person through these thoughts. But most important, how to prevent that these thoughts will eventually rule over a person.
‘Be the salt of the earth’