What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Psalm 8:4-8 NIV
We can’t deny the fact that we live in a fallen world which, according to the book of Romans 8:18-22, groans because of the corruption that was brought about by sin. Sin dominated the world and it brought with it all manner of evil because it has consequences – death. As a result, the world groans, yet it’s not helpless. The salvation of the world lies in the manifestation of the sons and daughters of God. But for us to manifest, we must understand who we are, so that we may be able to take our rightful positions as the children of God.
For starters, we were created for dominion.
“And God blessed them, and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it … and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth'” (Gen. 1:26-28, The Amplified Bible, emphasis added).
God created man to have dominion over all the earth. His intention was for him to rule over the earth. To “rule” is to exercise control or authority over something or someone. Kabas, the Hebrew word for “subdue,” as used in the above scripture means; “to bring into subjection, to dominate,” suggesting that the party being subdued is not willing to submit. Genesis 1:28 implies that the creation was unwilling to submit to man’s leading and therefore man would have to bring creation into order by exerting his strength. Radah, the Hebrew word for “dominion” means “to manage or reign from a position of sovereignty.” This means that God fashioned man to share His own authority over His creation.
Man was supposed to subdue not to be subdued; he was created to dominate not to be dominated. If at all we have reached a point where issues are subduing and dominating over us, or where the devil and his agents are controlling and ruling over us, and we feel we’ve lost control over them, we are definitely standing on the wrong ground and position. This wasn’t God’s plan in the beginning. It came to be because man succumbed to Satan’s deception in the Garden of Eden. By doing so, he literally surrendered his authority and dominion over to the enemy. This is the same authority that the devil wanted to give to Jesus when he was tempting Him;
And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to ~ Luke 4:6 NIV
And now, man was in trouble. He was under the power of the enemy and therefore could not accomplish his God given mandate. By surrendering his God given authority to the enemy, he literally gave himself to him and became his slave. He couldn’t save himself, but God did. He gave His only Son Jesus to come and die for the world. Through the sacrifice of the cross, the penalty of sin was paid and whatever was lost in the Garden of Eden, was restored back.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross ~ Colossians 2:13-15 NIV
Through His death on the cross, Jesus took Satan’s authority that Adam had given him and returned it to every person who believes in Him, not only believe that Jesus died for him, but also believe that Satan has lost authority over him. Everyone in Christ Jesus therefore, has dominion, power and authority – it has all been restored back. This means you have power and authority over the devil and his agents.
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19 NIV
Every person who is in Christ Jesus has been given authority. It’s not just for the chosen few, it’s for every child of God. We become the children of God when we receive Jesus into our lives and get born again.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13 NIV