“In the beginning…” Genesis I
Read Genesis 1:26-31:
Verse 26, “God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness…”
Let me paraphrase verse 26; “Let’s make man-kind like God-kind” or “Let’s make man like gods (small “g”) here on earth”. “…and let them have complete authority…over all the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.” Let man-kind have rulership; authority over… That’s acquiring from what is already there; from the natural.
a. WATER, from the rock.
b. MEAT, from quail.
c. MANNA, from…
We have been created from the beginning to dominate; NOT to be dominated. Psalm 8:5 in the KJV version, have been mis-translated. “Yet you have made him (man) a little lower than “angels“, and hast crowned him with glory.” The Hebrew word is “Elohim” or God, NOT angels. Man–kind was made a little lower than God. Now turn back to the Book of Genesis, and we will uncover evidence of “High Treason” .
Genesis 3:6 says, “And when the woman saw the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.”
Woman was deceived; man wasn’t.
The evidence shows that Satan comes on to the scene without “authority”. He began working on the “mind” by saying in Genesis 3:4, “BUT the serpent [Satan] said to the woman, You shall not surely die.” Also in verse 1, “…And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said…?” Satan has made a “suggestion” to the woman and he still uses this idea to man today. Doubting God’s word had been introduced into the earth and Adam is crowned a, “lesser” being.
I Timothy 2:14 reads, “And it was not Adam who was deceived, but [the] woman who was deceived and deluded and fell into transgression [Genesis 3:1-6].”
God gave man-kind complete authority over ALL! Then man gave his authority to Satan. Jesus enters on to the scene, and takes the authority away from Satan by what He accomplished on the CROSS, then proceeds giving it back to man-kind. Look at the beginning of the transfer of authority:
Luke 4:6, “And he [the devil] said to Him [JESUS], To You I will give all this power and authority and their glory (all their magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity and grace), for it has been turned over to me, and I give it to whomever I will.”
II Corinthians 4:4, “For the god of this world [the devil] has blinded the unbeliever’s minds of the glory of Christ…”
I Corinthians 15:45-47 “… The first man Adam became a living being (an individual personality); the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit [restoring the dead to life].”
Hebrews 2:14, “Since, therefore, [these His] children share in flesh and blood [in the physical nature of human beings], He [Himself] in a similar manner partook of the same [nature], that by [going through] death He might bring to nought and make of no effect him who had the power of death–that is the devil.” The clues found in this verse is, that the “authority or power” that Satan had here on earth has been made “of no effect”. The devil “had the power”; That is the past tensed. Jesus had become obedient to death on the cross. (Philippians 2:8) It kind of destroys the myth introduced by Flip Wilson in the 70’s, “The devil made me do it”
John 10:18 continues with the “authority transfer”: “No one takes it away from Me. On the contrary, I lay it down voluntarily. [I put it from Myself.] I am authorized and have power to lay it down and I am authorized and have power to take it back again. These are the instructions (orders) which I have received [as My charge] from My Father.”
Hebrews 2:9 explains and shows us the Jesus regained the Crown: “But we are able to see Jesus, Who is ranked lower than Elohim [NOT angels; mis-translated] for a little while, crowned with glory and honor because of His having suffered death…”
Jesus took back from Satan what Adam had given away; power and authority. Jesus was the Last Adam and not the ‘second Adam’ as some cults will claim. After Jesus death and resurrection, He said these words while appearing the eleven disciples;
Matthew 28:18, “Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” Verse 19 “Go then… Jesus has given His Authority back to man-kind; making disciples, baptizing them, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold [take note], I Am with you always!
Satan doesn’t have authority or power over you; Jesus has all power. You can’t demonstrate God-given authority without LOVE. Without LOVE, it is only religion and there won’t be results. God “can’t do“… NOT “won’t do” things that He has authorized us to do. He is the Head and we are His body and His feet. Walk then in your “Believers Authority”.
Who is in charge here? We, as believers in Christ are! You can take THAT to the bank.