There he stands tall and princely the express image of one made to be royal and to rule. The man spoken of here is the first man Adam made in the image of God and united with God in holy fellowship as he names all of the animals and dresses and tends the Garden of Eden. Adam does not have to toil or labor but he has been given dominion over the entire earth with all of its goods and resources. Adam did not even have to build an irrigation system because God caused a mist to come up from the earth and water the entire ground from corner to corner and also a river out of Eden to water the many trees that the Lord God caused to grow from the ground for food. The only thing required of Adam was obedience to the will of God as He unfolded it to him. God placed one restriction on the man and one only and that was to not eat from one tree in the middle of the Garden.
Genesis 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” NKJV
Adam was given and entire earth and all that was in it would be under his authority for as long as he obeyed the will of God. Now prior to the earth and all that is in it was made by God, there was a rebellion that took place in Heaven. An angel named Lucifer led the rebellion and somehow persuaded one third of the other angels to fight with him against the loyal angelic servants of God led by Michael. Well, the outcome was sure as God’s strength and might through Michael and the faithful angels crushed the rebellion and the leader of the rebellion was cast out of Heaven forever. Just like the flash of lighting was how quick this lead angel fell from Heaven. Our Lord has created a place for this rebellious angel who is now known as the devil and those who followed him will be sent to this place of eternal torments by our Lord Jesus after He fulfills the Book of Revelation. The devil is not in his final place yet, but as the many prophesies of the Bible has been fulfilled to the exact letter, so will the last prophecies we find in the Book of Revelation be consummated with preciseness.
Revelation 20:10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. NKJV
Now this fallen angel the devil comes to Adam’s wife Eve and deceives her into disobeying God and she ate the fruit from the forbidden tree and gave to Adam and he ate and immediately they (by their disobedience) gave dominion of the earth to the devil and sin entered into man’s life. Adam and Eve were banished from Eden and all of its grace, peace, love, and provision and cast under the devil’s authority. Therefore, for millenniums man has been a slave of sin, darkness, and the devil. Man has been dead in trespasses and sins and sons of disobedience without hope and without God in this world. Because the earth’s dominion was lost by the first man Adam and had to be reclaimed by the Second Man Jesus Christ. Here is an excerpt from the book my Lord Jesus wrote through me “Silent Assassins of the Soul”: “The English word “dominion” is from the Hebrew word radah, which means to “tread down, that is, to subjugate (make subservient; force to submit or subdue), to reign and rule.” Man was created in the image of God and was to reign and rule upon this earth in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness. Adam relinquished his own (and the whole human race’s) reign and rule over to Satan when he was deceived and disobeyed God. This is why the world is in turmoil, full of violence, immorality, hate, greed, lust, deceit, and all other forms of evil. It is only a reflection of the current ruler of this world—the devil.”
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. NKJV
Romans 5:15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. NKJV
Romans 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. NKJV
Adam’s disobedience plunged all of humanity into a state of dominion to sin, darkness, and the devil and only when the Second Man Christ would come and fulfill the will of God by His perfect obedience to the Law of God in word, thought, and deed would the devil then be bound. Jesus Christ by His death on the cross, and His blood, and His burial and resurrection has destroyed him the devil who had the power of death and our Lord has made alive from the spiritual death of trespasses and sins all that come to Him in repentance and faith. Now again we find our Lord being confronted by the religious Jews who first call Him insane after He healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath and then took it further by saying He was delivering people from the power and dominion of satan by satan’s authority. Here we have Scribes accusing the Son of God of being sent by satan and how ironic that our Lord would tell them (the Scribes) that their real spiritual father was the devil. Our Lord went about always doing good and healing people who were oppressed by the devil. It was His mission for leaving Heaven and becoming a Man.
Colossians 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. NKJV
Therefore, our Lord wanted to immediately show them their insanity and so He spoke the following parable to them: “How can satan cast out satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. No one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.” The hatred they expressed for our Lord was leading them into a most dangerous place where there would not be anything that God could do to rescue them. Our Lord’s whole purpose was to come to earth to reclaim its dominion back to humanity and take it away from the devil. It would be absolutely absurd to believe the devil would go about doing good to people when it is his desire to steal, kill, and destroy human beings and lead their souls into eternal damnation.
1 John 3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. NKJV
Our Lord Jesus Christ has bound the devil and he can never again have dominion over those who have been regenerated and born again. It was the devil working through sinful men who persecuted the early Apostles and killed every one of the 11 Apostles plus the Apostle Paul (see the article entitled, “satan desires thee”, http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=81522). These very Scribes were in danger of eternal destruction because they were attributing God the Holy Spirits work of redemption, healing souls, and making men and women new creatures in Jesus Christ to the devil and that would be the unpardonable sin. For it is only through the regenerating power of God the Holy Spirit that our Lord Jesus can bind the devil over the lives of individual men and women.
John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. NKJV
1 John 4:4-6 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. NKJV
“We are evidently no friends of Satan. Like the kings of this world, he wars not against his own subjects. The very fact that he assaults us should fill our minds with hope.” J. C. Ryle
“We look upon the enemy of our souls as a conquered foe, so he is, but only to God, not to us.” Oswald Chambers
“I’m not afraid of the devil. The devil can handle me – he’s got judo I never heard of. But he can’t handle the One to whom I’m joined; he can’t handle the One to whom I’m united; he can’t handle the One whose nature dwells in my nature.” A. W. Tozer
“ @#!*% is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his.” Billy Sunday
“Satan rules all men that are in his kingdom. Some he rules through lust. Some he rules through covetousness. Some he rules through appetite. Some he rules by their temper, but he rules them. And none will ever seek to be delivered until they get their eyes open and see that they have been taken captive.” D. L. Moody
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…