Bible Study: Glory • Power • And Dominion
Part 1: Taking Dominion
Brothers and Sisters,
Are You tired of Being Powerless?
• Wouldn't you prefer to rule over your body (and any sickness) instead of having your body tell you what your day is going to be like - how you are going to feel - and whether or not you are strong and healthy enough to do what you want to do?
says we can! And, He even tells us how in
the Word of God.
"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 creeps upon the earth." [Gen:1:26]
"What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For you have made him (man) a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him (man) to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet:" [Ps:8:4-6]
"...Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And
has made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." [Rv:1:5-6]
Who and What Are We?
Did you notice that when speaking about US - GOD did NOT say that he is going to make us kings and priests unto Him (at some time in the future) - or that He was going to give us dominion - but rather that he has ALREADY MADE us (past tense) kings and priests and He has already given us dominion?
Now it is important to remember that it is the WORD of GOD that says this - and not me, or some man - but God Almighty said this about US in His Word.
I do not believe that this is a misprint or that God made a mistake when speaking to us about this subject.
If you pay attention to the scriptures in Romans 4: 16-18, this is exactly how God spoke about Abraham before He even had a child: "As it is written, I have made thee (past tense) a father of many nations,..."
It was only when Abram believed what God had said - and began to call himself Abraham - that he then saw the promise fulfilled - manifested - become reality.
It is important to understand that Abram began to call himself 'Abraham' - (meaning "Exalted Father") - despite the fact that there was no physical evidence that he had a child (much less many children) - or that he would ever have a child!
When Abram did that - God called it: Faith.
Kings And Priests
Question: What do kings do?
Answer: They reign over their kingdom - they rule. (Don't they?)
If they do - then that would explain more fully what the passage in Romans 5 means: "For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)" [Rom:5:17:]
What exactly do the words "Reign"
and "Dominion" mean?
In Psalm 8:6 the Hebrew word used is "mashal"
which again means:
Wow! - Did you see what God said to us by the Holy Spirit thru the hands of Paul? If I read this passage in the original Greek it would be translated like this:
"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall rule over their life with supreme authority by one, Jesus Christ.)" [Rom:5:17:]
Again I want to remind you that it was GOD - and not I who said this to us in His Word. And if He said it - it must be true - even if we don't understand it - accept it - or believe it. It's still true!
The Key to Reigning in Life:
The answer is found in the same passage. Notice the phrase:
"they which receive abundance
According to this scripture, we will not be able to reign over our lives - rule with authority - until we receive the abundance of Grace and the gift of righteousness.
And sadly, most Christians wrongly believe that if they received
salvation thru Christ; then
All they received was that they get to go to heaven when they die (because that's all they believe) - and most never recognize - accept - or believe that there is a whole lot more that was given to us then just getting to go to heaven when we die (not that salvation is not tremendous enough on its own).
Yet the Word of God clearly states that there is a whole lot more that is available to us then just getting to go to heaven when we die: "But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak." [Heb:6:9]
Did you notice that God says in His Word that there are
OTHER THINGS that accompany salvation? In other words there is a whole lot
more that is also available to us then
Receiving the Other Things:
So it is with salvation - God gave the gift of Eternal Life thru Christ to the entire world - yet not everyone chooses to receive it.
And one cannot and will not receive it unless it is by FAITH! [Eph 2:8]
As with salvation - one must first believe that the promise is true and available for the taking - and then receive it by faith!
How To Rule And Reign In Life Like A King:
Wouldn't you prefer to rule over your finances instead of having them rule your life - dictating what you can, and cannot afford?
Wouldn't you prefer to rule over your body (and any sickness) instead of having your body tell you what your day is going to be like - how you are going to feel - and whether or not you are strong and healthy enough to do what you want to do?
God says We can!
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