Dominion and Domination

the-earth-is-the-lordsThere is a distinct difference between us having dominion over the creation of God and our domination of the creation of God. The Bible teaches us that, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein…” (Ps. 24:1). To have dominion in the economy of God is to understand that we were given the responsibility of being stewards over that which belongs to God alone. To dominate something or someone means ‘to rule or exercise control over’ that person or thing.

dominationIn the beginning, God gave us the responsibility of being stewards over His creation, not to rule or exercise control over it…and most definitely not over one another. ‘To rule or exercise control’ means “to assert authority or power through the exertion of force.” Although we know that “…there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God…” (Rom. 13:1), this is not a license to dominate and subdue one another…especially within the church. Those in church leadership were not ordained by God to exercise domination over the people of God, but to be stewards over them and to care for them under God’s authority and government (Mt. 11:28-30).

golden-city-of-heaven-imageAs a result of being in covenant with God, we all have been designated to be “a kingdom of priests unto God” (Ex. 19:6; Rev. 1:6), not just a select few. In understanding the role of priests in the Old Testament and in understanding Christ’s role as being the “Apostle and High Priest of our profession” (Heb. 3:1), they were ministers unto God for the people of God. The basic understanding of what entails being a minister is understanding that to minister means ‘to serve.’

Serve-GODIn other words, all believers have been designated to be a kingdom of servants unto God on behalf of, not only the people of God, but the entire world. As the Body of Christ, we serve as extensions of Christ throughout the world in a mediatorial role between God and humanity. Therefore, our main function in life is to redirect others to Christ, Who in turn, represents them before God as the Great High Priest upon accepting Him as their Lord and Savior.

We all are servants of righteousness unto God…nothing more (Rom. 12:3-16)…#‎thinkonthesethings‬

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