Sola Scriptura: Authority Reclaimed (Part 2 of 3)

This is a series that is focusing on the question, “Am I willing to take God fully at His Word, especially in what He has revealed in Scripture?”

Last week I explored the authority that had been given to Adam, which he surrendered when he disobeyed God. Today we will explore God’s solution!

Part 1: God gave dominion of the earth to man, and man surrendered it.

Part 2: Jesus came not only to take our punishment, but also to reclaim the enemy’s dominion.

Jesus’ mission on the earth was to break the dominion of sin and restore man to God.

Last week I mentioned Jesus’ temptation in the desert. Satan tempted Jesus by saying, “I will give you all their authority and splendor [referring to the kingdoms of the world]; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.” I used to think Satan was bluffing, but from what I read in the Scriptures, because of the fall, I believe that these indeed were the devil’s to give away. The devil tempted Jesus with a shortcut to fulfilling His call on this earth. However, the offer included Jesus surrendering himself to the devil’s kingdom by bowing down and worshiping the devil. Either way, Jesus would gain authority over these kingdom, but He only had one path to restore them to God.

Jesus also reflected this in the Lord’s prayer when He prayed, “Your kingdom come.” God’s plan in bringing the kingdom to earth was to break the dominion of the kingdom of darkness and to establish His rulership (kingdom) on the earth.

How was this dominion broken?

Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He was fully man, but because He was the son of God, He was not subject to Adam’s curse. He was tempted in every way, but He was without sin. Jesus, though perfectly blameless, took the curse of Adam’s sin upon himself, and broke the power of sin and death. In rising from the dead, He was the firstborn of many brothers and sisters. He became the first of those who would be part of the kingdom of light, who would reign in life (Romans 5).

Through this, God has given Jesus authority. In Philippians 2, we read, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ” This is big authority!

After His resurrection, Jesus Himself said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). That’s also big authority!

Tomorrow, we’ll look at the question, “If Jesus has all authority and broke the dominion of sin, why does so much of it still exist?”

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