“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” – Genesis 1:26-28.
LIGHT FOR NOW: The dominion in Christ is the fact of the eternal life received in Christ.
From the investigation done so far which has brought to the fore who the man in Genesis 1:26-28 and having known that this man represents mankind or a race, it is therefore safe to deduce that mankind in Christ (the new creation; male and female) is in the image of God and occupies the authority or dominion in Christ. Paul says in Romans 8:29 that we have been conformed into the image of his son. So the authority of the Father belongs to us. So Adam in Genesis 2:7 never had that dominion and authority because if he had it, he wouldn’t have lost it, why? It is because that dominion is a fact of the eternal life received in Christ. But don’t forget, God’s plan for Adam was for him to be in that dominion and authority. In other words, it shows that this dominion or authority will be offered to man.
So Adam never had the dominion, but was the dominion offered to him? Yes it was offered to him. How was it offered to him? We will answer that in the next study. Before answering how the dominion was offered to Adam, let us quickly backtrack to verse 28 of Genesis and clarify an issue in the minds of many. The issue is, since the man in Genesis 1:26-28 is Jesus, how do you explain “be fruitful and multiply”? I thought “Be fruitful and multiply” refers to what Eve will do by giving birth to children? To answer the above question, Jesus’ words in John chapter 12 will give us a lead, and we will see this in the next study. Hallelujah!!
INSTRUCTION:You have been conformed into the image of His son; acknowledge this.
PRAYER: I live in my realities in Christ in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Knowing who you are is critical if you must live in the realities of who you are.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2