Day Two

Discovering the original purpose of man

Gen 1:26-NIV Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

Man (male or female) was made in God’s Image
This means that man as a spirit being is an expression of God’s moral and spiritual nature and his attributes make him god-like and place Him above and beyond all earthly creation. In essence, man was created by God in the god-class and was given the responsibility to exercise that quality as God’s agent on earth

Let them rule over the earth
He did not say let “Us” have dominion over the earth, as that would have given Him legitimate access to the earth without reference to mankind. He actually has given us this authority. Think if you are given the responsibility of caring for a department where you work and the boss who gave you this position never lets you “have dominion.”
God established mankind as the only legal authority one earth, with the power of attorney to act on His behalf. This may be why God has never done anything on earth without the cooperation of human entity and was ultimately the reason for the necessity of His entrance into the Human Race as a man – Jesus-the man-made Christ-the God-legal on earth. This is the power mankind has on earth.

This statement “let them have dominion” leaves no doubt as to what motivated His creating man and His expectation to man’s behaviour. It also establishes man’s assignment and the standard of success for his existence.

Thank God for this awesome responsibility and inquire of Him how we are to……………………………

Gen 1:28 And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be mine own possession from among all peoples: for all the earth is mine:
Exo 19:6 and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

To be given Dominion means to be established as a sovereign, kingly ruler, master, governor, responsible for reigning over a designated territory, with the inherent authority to represent and embody as a symbol, the territory, resources and all that constitutes that kingdom.

This definition should be memorized, understood and embraced by the spirit of man if we are to understand the original purpose and will of God our Creator for our existence.

Man was created with a dominion mandate over the earth.
Mankind is heaven’s earthly agency for kingdom ruler-ship influence.
Mankind is intended to embody the nature of God on earth and serve as His divine representative in the physical world.
Man was created with the gifts and divine nature to execute God’s will on earth.

The creation and commissioning of man was the first introduction and establishment of the kingdom of heaven on earth.

Think about what “King of kings” means which we will discuss on another day.