Adam and Eve: Dominion

Kingdom Visionaries 1, Part 2

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1.28

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From the beginning
The idea of rule and dominion under God – the idea of a Kingdom – has been present from the first days of humankind’s sojourn on the earth. On the day God created Adam and Eve, He instilled in them an idea of dominion, a call to exercise authority, by God’s command and according to His purposes, in acting upon the creation and creatures around them.

The Eternal Kingdom

Kingdom Visionaries 1, Part 1

The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty;
The LORD is clothed,
He has girded Himself with strength.
Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.
Your throne
is established from of old;
are from everlasting. Psalm 93.1, 2

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Kingdom confusion
I can think of few Biblical teachings on which it is more important for Christians to be clear than the teaching concerning the Kingdom of God.

There’s Hope

Hope for the Church, Part 7

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16.13, 14

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A struggling church
Reading through 1 and 2 Corinthians can be a disappointing experience. This church had real problems. They had left off many of the things Paul taught them, and they were going beyond the Scriptures in areas where they had no divine warrant. They were struggling with many issues and looking in all the wrong places for the solutions to their ills.

Everything in Love

Hope for the Church, Part 6

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16.13, 14

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Too much self-love
Part of the problem with the Corinthians was that they loved themselves more than they loved their neighbors.

They loved themselves so much that they vaunted their chosen group over the others, reserved the right to indulge in sinful practices, dragged their brethren into court, and turned the Lord’s Supper into a kind of privately catered party for people with means.

Be Strong

Hope for the Church, Part 5

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16.13

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Indications of weakness
The Corinthians, alas, were not strong in the Lord. This was evident to the Apostle Paul in a number of ways.

They allowed scandalous sinners to continue in their midst; squabbled over the supposed superiority of their various groups; looked down on weak brethren; preferred vindication in secular courts to peaceful agreement between brethren; made a mockery of worship and the Supper; and neglected to develop their spiritual gifts – except to the extent that they could vaunt them for personal gain.

Grow Up!

Hope for the Church, Part 4

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave... 1 Corinthians 16.13

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Babes in Christ
The believers in Corinth in the days of the Apostle Paul were not acting like mature adults in the Lord. Rather, they were acting like children, like “babes in Christ” (1 Cor. 3.1).

They weren’t growing, and they weren’t acting like responsible followers of Christ, able to deal with their problems by standing fast in the faith of Jesus. Paul chided the Corinthians as “babes in Christ” who hadn’t matured in the Lord one whit since his visit. His exasperation with them is palpable as you read through this epistle.

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