JESUS, AND THE BIBLICAL VIEW OF MAN’S DOMINION

Many people, who attempt to spiritualize everything, have no idea what “spiritual” actually means.

If the truth were known, their understanding of what is “spiritual” is actually an ideology in their carnal mind.

God, who is a Spirit, created all things including man, and it was all very good.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. ~ Genesis 1:31

For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else. ~ Isaiah 45:18

God gave man dominion over the good works of his hands.

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 fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. ~ Genesis 1:28

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! ~ Psalm 8:4-9

The works of God’s hands over which he has given man dominion is his creation in this physical world. It is not some “spiritual aura” floating around. It is God’s very good creation that he delights in.

According to the author of the book of Hebrews, the world to come is after the very same order of creation. The author of Hebrews appeals to the text above from Psalm 8 to establish this truth.

For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. ~ Hebrews 2:5-9

In contrast to angels not having dominion in the world to come, the writer of Hebrews appeals to the Old Testament scriptures which declares that God has given man dominion over the works of his hands.

The works of God’s hands have not changed. It is still God’s good creation which shall be brought back to it’s original state under the leadership of Christ, when he comes again.

Because of sin, death and darkness have ravished God’s good creation. In Christ it will be completely restored.

JESUS DID NOT TAKE ON THE NATURE OF ANGELS

Jesus came in the flesh and redeemed us with his precious blood through the offering of his body for our sins.

After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples and said the following: Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. ~ Luke 24:39

The writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus took on flesh and blood to redeem us.

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. ~ Hebrews 2:14-16

Notice in contrast to the nature of angels, the author of Hebrews tells us that Jesus took on the seed of Abraham.

What is the nature of angels in contrast to the seed of Abraham?

The answer is found in chapter 1, where the writer of Hebrews is citing for the Old Testament, and showing the greatness of God’s Son in comparison to the angels.

And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. ~ Hebrews 1:7

Angels are spirits. However, Jesus, the Son of God, came in the flesh as the seed of Abraham.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. ~ 1 Timothy 3:16

The words, justified in the spirit, in 1 Timothy 3:16 (above) actually mean: “vindicated in the spirit,” or “declared righteous.”

Jesus is the the last Adam. He is the one who gave his life to save us from our sins and restore creation.

In the book of Romans, Paul tells us that all creation is eagerly awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God,

For the earnest expectation of the creature (creation) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. ~ Romans 8:19 -21

What is the manifestation of the Sons of God?

It is the the people of God inhabiting this created world when Christ comes again. Jesus, who is our Lord, conquered death through his resurrection, and his people shall experience the same, and when he comes again, and all of creation will be delivered for the grip of death.

Jesus who died and rose again, is not only the last Adam, but he is also the creator who of that which the first man, Adam, gave over to death.

Jesus is the creator, and the redeemer of it.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. ~ Colossians 1:14-20

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