Let’s go back to the Garden of Eden and learn about the eternal principles that were established and fulfilled in Christ, Who is the seed of the woman pictured in Genesis 3:15. Read Genesis 1–3 to refresh you about the details of the story of the beginning of God’s creation and His purpose for mankind.The BeginningEverything God created was very good. The creation of man was the zenith of God’s creation. The psalmist said it best when he put into perspective the creation of man:What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen—even the beasts of the field.Psalm 8:4–7 NKJVEven the angels desire to look into the redemption which God has prepared for mankind.It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.1 Peter 1:12 NASBGod, our creator, gave to Adam and Eve, our first parents, clear instructions concerning the garden and their responsibilities of caring for it. Genesis 2, beginning with verse 4, gives us a closer look at God’s creation. Genesis 2:7 describes the creation of Adam, the first man. Following the creation of man, the Lord planted a garden east of Eden and put Adam in that garden. The garden had beautiful trees that were pleasant to look at and good for food. The Bible names two of the trees: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It also mentions a river that went out of Eden to water the garden and from there it parted and became four river heads. I believe those river heads were used to take man from the Garden of Eden to the four corners of the earth.
Stand in the humility of Christ! We are not to deal with the spiritual realm in any sense of pride. The Lord Himself has directly dealt with the devil and those “angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for judgment of the great day” (Jude 6 NKJV).Jude continued:Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”Jude 8–9 NASBIf Michael deferred to the Lord how much more must we be careful with our language and attitudes as it relates to these very weighty matters. We must have the Spirit of God leading us in all that we do. This is especially important as it relates to spiritual warfare for which we have been fitted to fight.Finally, we need to consider the response of Jesus to His disciples as they returned from their assignment of engaging in the harvest. During their time of preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God to people in their homes and in their cities, they encountered demonic strongholds that submitted and obeyed their word in Jesus name:Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.Luke 10:17–19 NKJVJesus was there when Satan was thrown out of heaven. Jesus is now engaging Satan’s kingdom on earth. He is preparing and equipping His followers to deal with Satan and his kingdom of darkness against the nation’s right here on earth. Earth is the battle ground and the nations are the object: “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession” (Psalm 2:8 NKJV). The plan and purpose of Jesus continues today. The nations belong to Christ and must be possessed through the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.Jesus went on to remind His disciples not to get caught up in the power and authority they were given, “but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20b NKJV). Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for it seemed good in Your sight” (Luke 10:21 NKJV).How does what Jesus commissioned in these disciples affect our lives today? It is now our turn to be engaged in bringing Satan’s kingdom under the dominion of Christ. It is our time to deal with the nations and bring them to the obedience of Christ. We, too, must be careful to remember that our names are written in heaven if we have yielded to the Lord and made Him Lord of all.
ResponseAs you search your own heart, take time to ask the Lord to reveal any areas of rebellion and stubbornness and iniquity (lawlessness) that is there. As the Holy Spirit shows you those areas, repent of those sins, renounce any particular area He shows you, and ask for forgiveness in the name of Jesus through the cleansing of His blood. Finally, commit your ways to the Lord. He promises to direct your steps. Rebellion and stubbornness will lead to a life of problems without answers. A life of obedience and surrender will lead to peace and stability even during times of tribulation.War in HeavenRevelation 12 gives us a picture of the struggle that happened in heaven. Jesus ended the war in heaven against the saints through His finished work on the cross, His decent into hell, and then His ascent into heaven. Satan no longer has a right to accuse the saints of God. Christ Jesus is reigning at the right hand of God with all power and authority in heaven and in earth which the Father has given Him. Satan’s kingdom is restricted to the earth and under the earth. The holy nation of God, which is His church, with the help of the Holy Spirit is called to deal with him on earth and his effect on the nations, bringing all things into obedience of Christ.And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.” And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. For this reason, rejoice O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.Revelation 12:9–12 NASB