“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:26-27)
To know the Total Truth we need to know the whole story. So many times we are not told the rest of the story. In order to understand what happened at Calvary, we must understand first what happened at the Fall in the Garden of Eden.
Man was originally made for authority. He was created and fashioned for dominion. When God made Adam, he was given rulership of the earth, kingship of life, and the control and mastery of its forces. The granting of authority and dominion over the earth was a bona fide grant. God gave the dominion of the entire earth to man. It was his to do with as he should decide to do. God did not give the earth to man with strings attached. What man did with that dominion and authority was his own responsibility. When man, at the time of the Fall, transferred his allegiance from God to Satan, he also transferred his dominion.
Since the rulership of this earth was a true gift from God to man, man had the legal right to do with that dominion what he chose. Because it was given to man, the rulership of this world was no longer under God’s direct control, for He gave it to man. And then it was not man’s, for he gave it to Satan. Satan became the legal and actual ruler of this world. This is why Satan is characterized in scripture as “the god of this world, and the power of the air. (“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12)
God could have taken the rulership back from Satan, but He would have been violating legal principles which were part of His Creation and a direct expression of His nature. If God had gone over man’s head and taken the dominion by force away from Satan, that would have been repossessing it without due process of law, a violation of divine justice. For God has bound Himself to observe principles of divine justice even where Satan, “father of lies,” is concerned. God cannot be unjust even with Satan
Because man transferred the title for the dominion of the earth to Satan, the only way God could legally recover it for man was through man, the original trustee of the earth. A man must be found upon whom Satan had no claim or control in order to head a movement for swinging the world back to its original allegiance. This man must be able to remove Satan’s legal claim to the earth before it could be restored to its original rulership. Continued in the next devotion.