Dominion and Authority

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

In the first words recorded in the Bible that God spoke to the human race, He commanded them to “subdue” the earth. The Hebrew word suggests being bold and aggressive. Conquering and overcoming.

Introducing the concept of authority and dominion, God was giving people the opportunity to rule His creation. To shape, explore, and develop. But also to dominate.

This authority is a powerful concept, filled with potential and danger. Throughout history, some have abused this authority, taking advantage of others. But this authority also is an important principle in the Kingdom of God.

We see this authority in action throughout Jesus’ ministry. Observers were amazed “for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Mark 1:22). He demonstrated authority over demons and diseases (Mark 3:15).

Showing the importance of authority, Jesus “marveled” when a centurion described how power flowed from Jesus when He just spoke a word. Why? Because he himself was “a man placed under authority.” He realized Jesus’ authority in the spiritual world. Jesus described how this was an example of “great faith,” and why authority is such a powerful concept (Luke 7:1-9).

Jesus gave His disciples authority, sending them out with “authority over the unclean spirits” (Mark 6:7). Before His resurrection, He declared that “all authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18).

There are several aspects of this authority for believers. First, we must believe we have authority, grasp the implications, and be ready to put this authority into practice. But we also must realize the responsibility that accompanies this authority. As Adam and Eve demonstrated, God gives us choices and then holds us accountable for our actions.

Ask God to open your eyes to the reality of the authority He has given you. Be ready to apply this authority in your life, and the situations you face.