Adam Received Authority From God – Genesis 1:28-31

God creates with words.  He created Adam in His own image with words of dominion (Genesis 1:26).  In Adam, He reproduced Himself.  God gave Adam His own authority over everything on this planet and crowned him with His glory (Psalm 8:4-5).  He did not create Adam and then appoint him as His manager.  He created Adam too rule–a living, speaking spirit, like his Creator.  It is man’s nature to rule just as it is God’s nature to rule.  God’s delegated authority was conferred on man as God’s under-ruler.

That was God’s will from the beginning, and He never changes.  He used the same process by which He created Adam to create Jesus: His words (1 Corinthians 15:45).  Jesus is The WORD (John 1:1).  The WORD was made flesh, spoken into the earth by God’s words through the mouths of His prophets until the Seed was born through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 22:18).  Through His words Jesus operated in dominion in the earth over storms (Mark 4:39), walked on water (Matthew 14:25-26), spoke to fig trees (Mark 11:13-14), multiplied food (Matthew 14:17-21), turned water into wine (John 2:6-11), and transcended time (John 6:21).

Jesus was raised from the dead through words of authority from the Father.  Then the first thing He did after annihilating satan and all his demons in the regions of the damned was to delegate back to man his God-given authority that Adam had yielded to satan in the Garden of Eden.  He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18).  Authority in the earth and in heaven is a step higher than Adam was given.  But Jesus did exactly what His Father had done in the Garden of Eden.  He delegated authority.  He authorized His disciples and all believers: “(You) go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19; John 17:18).  He told them to go in His Name, and “These signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17-18).

Man’s authority and dominion have been restored in Jesus.  He has given believers His authority (Luke 10:19), the power of attorney to use His Name (Mark 16:17-18), and the Power of His Blood (Revelation 5:9) to rule and reign on the earth (verse 10).  We have been given His armor (Ephesians 6:11), and the Father has restored us to the God-class in Christ Jesus.  We are seated together with Him in heavenly places in Jesus (Ephesians 2:6), and because of Him we can live a life of victory, fulfilling His will on the earth.  We are to use His authority to speak to mountains and mulberry trees, just as He did, moving them out of our way to accomplish God’s will in the earth.  We are to take His power – His love – to the world (Mark 16:15), healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out devils (verse 17-20), and teaching people about what Jesus did and said (Matthew 28:20).  He has ordained us to be ambassadors for Him, spreading the good news of His great love, forgiveness, and mercy (Mark 16:15)!

Note:  This article was taken from the Kenneth Copeland Word of Faith Study Bible.

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