Man tends to list priorities in life. People have too many things to do and many miss out on what’s more important than not. We always want to be number one even in spiritual matters. In this fast-paced world, time management and prioritizing our day to day functions and schedules are important.
Genesis 1:1 – ‘In the beginning, GOD…’
Most Christians are sincere and hard-working, at the same time completely engrossed in their jobs, their families, friends, fun, and entertainment, but knowing God may be ‘last’ on their priority list. Security and health are major tops in life’s lists. Many are successful, yet are not sure why there is no peace or joy in their lives. Religion gets your focus on you, however, the Bible teaches us to focus on ‘Him’ and keep Him first.
DOMINION WAS GIVEN TO THE IMAGE
When God created Adam, God gave him dominion over all the earth. The Bible teaches that dominion was given to the image which was created in God’s image.
Genesis 1:28 — ‘…And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it.’
There were no other people on earth except Adam and Eve when God gave the command to subdue and have dominion.
Genesis 1:26-28 — Then 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 birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
DIRECTION TO TAKE POSSESSION
It was more of a direction to take possession of what already belonged to them. The earth and all its hosts were theirs. They were to begin from the garden which God himself planted in the east of Eden, move from there to the entire territory of Eden, and the whole earth. God gave them universal dominion over all the created creatures.
Psalms 8:6 — ‘You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet…’
RESTORED TO A GREATER IMAGE
Adam lost that dominion through disobedience. The image of God lost its glory and power. Christ Jesus not only restored the dominion to us who believe in Him but also re-generated us into His own image. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
With the fall, the first man lost dominion over the earth but the second man, Jesus Christ, not only received dominion and authority over the earth but also over the heavens.
Matthew 28:18 — Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
When we are born again by His Spirit, we are a new creation in Christ. Every hold of Adam has passed away and we are now created in the image of the last Adam. The hold of the old covenant law has passed away and the law of God is now written in our hearts. The Old Covenant has passed away and we are now in the New Covenant established in His own blood.
As we renew our minds and are transformed, in the depths of understanding and knowing Him; the living image of Christ is formed in us.
CHRIST HAS ALL AUTHORITY AND POWER
Jesus Christ has authority over all the realms of creation and He lives in you today as the Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. He delegated His authority to the Church.
1 Peter 3:22 — ‘…who (Jesus) is at the right hand of God, having gone on to heaven—messengers (angels), and authorities, and powers, having been subjected to him.’
Matthew 28:19-20 — Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
God is and will always be the initiator of things. Nothing is new to God. But, since we are mortal beings, many things are new and progressive to us. He initiated the creation. He initiated the plan of salvation. He is Almighty and a ‘good’ God. God always ‘is’. He lives in a present-tense reality called the spirit. Others call this eternity. This does not mean He is not involved in the material or physical world. He is the creator and sustainer of all things. We live in Him.
Acts 17:28 — ‘…In him we live and move and have our being’
God’s dominion to Adam was of the physical earth and all created creatures. Christ’s dominion to us begins with us subduing the carnal nature, renewing the un-renewed mind and putting off the old man.
Let your focus be Him and His word.