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Kingdom: God with shoes on

5th in a 5-part series on the pillars of life Back in the garden, God gave Adam the keys to the Kingdom, dominion over all creation. Because Adam lost them, God’s been trying to help the rest of us as Adam’s heirs to recover our inheritance. God didn’t set this up as some grand, failed exper…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

5th in a 5-part series on the pillars of life

Back in the garden, God gave Adam the keys to the Kingdom, dominion over all creation. Because Adam lost them, God’s been trying to help the rest of us as Adam’s heirs to recover our inheritance. God didn’t set this up as some grand, failed experiment. After that initial setback, He put in motion a plan whereby we, His proxies and territorial stewards, would re-establish His Kingdom.

This enterprise was summarized by Jesus in His last words to his disciples – marching orders we know as the Great Commission: “Go and make disciples.” But reconciling men to God and helping them discover their true royal identity and authority has always been God’s plan.

Consequently, our posture towards the world projects the confidence of displaced heirs. The earth is the Lord’s. He didn’t create humanity for the misery and bondage that so many endure, but for a life of joy and abundance. Recognizing this, the original disciples moved out fearlessly into a hazardous and antagonistic world, a world that they turned upside down. As we recognize the mandate of exercising dominion that our royal identity confers, we raise the dead no less fearlessly than did Jesus’ disciples.

As we take dominion over creation, we exercise the Great Commission authority Jesus conferred on us. We do so understanding God’s kingly relationship to it both in a past-tense and future-tense perspective, church planting, which is the strategy by which we take dominion over small subsets of territory, and apostleship, which is the strategy by which we plant churches.

Practically, we exercise divine authority in every realm of the real world in which we live. Whether in our families, our workplaces, or our social and governmental institutions, we allow God to transform our culture through our interactions with it.

Comments (2)

  • Love this write-up excellent…I think the church of Jesus Christ need men and woman who can boldly teach on the subject of ‘kingdom dominion’. Dr Myles Munroe does a great job in some of his latest books concerning the subject. And more importantly the Bible is packed with scripitures reconciling us not only to a God, but to a position of dominion. Our duristiction is on the earth not heaven.

    Good stuff Seth, let the message of Kingdom dominion be preached to all the world.” The kingdom’s of this world will soon become the kingdom’s of our God and of his Christ.”

    Your Kingdom friend,

    Ronald

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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