Sunday, 2 November 2014

Intimacy with God – Administering His Authority (Part II)

In Part I, we took a look at the aspect of administering God’s authority over creation. However, there is a flip side that we must consider.
When Man sinned against God, he became a servant to Satan’s agenda. Man was still the legal, regal heir and steward of God’s creation, but because of sin, Man was in the clutches of Satan. (The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.) Satan was now able to order his plans over creation through his capitulated ally - Man.
Satan’s agenda was straightforward. It was to steal, kill and destroy everything that was God’s, beginning with Man; Man being the crown of God’s creation.
Here was the pitiful scenario. Man was the authorised regal steward of God over His creation. He ought to have been reigning with God, exercising God’s authority over creation. Instead, he found himself unable to function in the manner befitting his position and status, but functioning as a vacillating, dithering, debilitating collaborator of Satan. Satan looked at Man with mockery since Man, who ought to be functioning as the regal heir of God, now found himself a languishing slave to Satan.
Satan could now look at God and say, “Your legal, regal heir is now in my clutches. I can do whatever I want over creation, since I now have a feeble puppet, who will dance when I pull the strings.” Satan even had the audacity to actually tell the Creator, “I can give all this authority over creation to You, if You will bow down and worship me.”
However, God did not let this state of affairs linger and took action. God’s action was strong and decisive. Satan thought he had had the last laugh, but the tables were turned. On the cross, Jesus wiped out the requirements that were against Man. He undid the shackles with which Satan had bound Man by nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the principalities and powers that Satan had used as a throttle-hold over Man. Jesus made a public spectacle of Satan's power over Man, by triumphing over them on the cross.

Let us take time to allow this sweet and overwhelming victory of Jesus on the cross, dwell in our thoughts and understanding. The victory that we received through the cross is huge! The victory not only set us free from the control of Satan, but also set us free to take our rightful position again as the authorised regal heirs of God over creation. Thank you Jesus for the cross!

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old, crippled status has gone and the new, gloriously strong position has come. We therefore march forward as God’s regal heirs over His creation. We have now arrived to execute the Kingdom rule of God over His creation. Our intimacy with God, in this new scenario is that of worshipful awe of our Creator.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the earth hear His voice
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son
And give Him the glory

Great things He has done!