THE DOCTRINE: The Beliefs that make the difference
The Lord spoke in the book of Genesis 1:26 “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.”
This plan of God has not changed. This divine purpose has not changed. It is eternal. God’s plan does not change. His will never changes. What He said, he has said.
God’s intention in making man is clear. Let us make man in our image so they can be like us. We must understand how He is. He said, …so they can be like us, …let them have dominion. He has dominion. He is the ruler of the universe. He is the owner, the controller of the universe. The earth is small, like a grain of sand compared to the galaxies that exist. God’s plan for you and I is awesome.
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the fish could be natural or spiritual, whether it is mermaid or ogbanje. All the fishes in the water, the man was to have dominion over and over the fowl of the air whether they are the birds you see flying around or the demons you see flying around, all of them are in the bracket and in the ones creeping on the earth, he says have dominion. Man was created to have dominion.
Dominion has to do with a territory of reign. When you have a domain, you have dominion. Somehow, each one of you have a domain. It could be at your workplace, home, anywhere. We all have territory. Man is territorial. You have a sphere of influence or control. There is a place, an area, academic, spiritual, professional, you have an area of authority. Whether legal or medical, you have an area of authority. God so designed it.
Let us make man in our image, in our nature and character so they can be like us and let them have dominion. Dominion is the key thing there. It is the consequence of the creation. It is the consequence of being like Him, dominion. The man must have dominion without it is a failure of purpose. There has to be dominion.
Now, unfortunately, the man who was to have this dominion fell and that was a big fall. By the fall there was a reversal of what the intention was. The man who was created in the image of God, to be like God became in the image of the devil and became like the devil. The devil has three aspects of his mission, to steal, kill and destroy. All he ever does can be summarized in these three words; the very hobby man has taken up today, steal, kill and destroy. That change in nature, the fall, brought the man and instead of having dominion, he became dominated. He lost the dominion. He became a subject of an evil and wicked ruler called Lucifer, the fallen angel, the corrupt one. The man became corrupt. When a thing is corrupt, it is bad, good for nothing. The purpose of God was thwarted. When something is spoiled, it can not be reversed. It has gone bad. Man became corrupt in and out and so he could not show dominion anymore. He became subject to corruption. He lost the thing that made him what he was, man.
If you recall, the word Adam means mankind of God. This was what God created but what he became, he became the mankind of the devil. Man today is a true reflection of what the devil does, steal, kill and destroy through the game of lie. Lie is the principle of iniquity. Lie is their formula for walk. The fall of man brought him low. Though he had the outward appearance of what God created but the man is corrupt, he is spoiled so, there has to be a rebirth. This one had to go, destroyed. There has to be a rebirth. God had to create another one. The new creation is not a renovation, a make over. He is born. He is a new creation. Because God’s counsel cannot fail, His plan will always stand as He said, my counsel that shall stand. His purpose of making man cannot be thwarted by an evil spirit. For a while they succeeded, so it appeared to frustrate the counsel of God but that is for a season. Then came our LORD JESUS. He is called the repairer of the bridge.
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