Message Twelve: Image and Dominion—the Heart of Genesis
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Scripture Reading: Gen. 1:26-28; Mark 1:14-15; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; Rom. 8:29; 5:17;
Col. 1:13, 15; 3:10-11; Matt. 13:43; Rev. 21:10-11; 22:1, 5
Gen 1:26        And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
Gen 1:27        And God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Gen 1:28        And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
Mark 1:14       And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,
Mark 1:15       And saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the gospel.
2 Cor 4:3        And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in those who are perishing,
2 Cor 4:4        In whom the god of this age has blinded the thoughts of the unbelievers that the illumination of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine on them.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Rom 5:17       For if, by the offense of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Col 1:13         Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
Col 1:15         Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation,
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11         Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
Matt 13:43      Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Rev 21:10      And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev 21:11      Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
Rev 22:1        And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.
Rev 22:5        And night will be no more; and they have no need of the light of a lamp and of the light of the sun, for the Lord God will shine upon them; and they will reign forever and ever.
 
 
I.     The book of Genesis begins and ends with image and dominion—1:26-28:
Gen 1:26        And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
Gen 1:27        And God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Gen 1:28        And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
A.     The subject of Genesis is man bearing the image of God and exercising God’s dominion over all things—vv. 26-28:
Gen 1:26-28   (be omitted.)
1.      For God to create man in His image means that God created man with the intention that man would become a duplication of God, the reproduction of God, for His corporate expression—John 12:24; Rom. 8:29; Heb. 2:10; 1 John 3:1-2.
John 12:24     Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Heb 2:10        For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and through whom are all things, in leading many sons into glory, to make the Author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
1 John 3:1      Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and we are. Because of this the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
1 John 3:2      Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been manifested what we will be. We know that if He is manifested, we will be like Him because we will see Him even as He is.
2.      God’s intention in giving man dominion was for man to exercise God’s authority to deal with the enemy, to recover the earth, and to bring in the kingdom of God; dominion and the kingdom are synonymous—Gen. 1:28; Matt. 6:10, 13b.
Gen 1:28        And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
Matt 6:10       Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.
Matt 6:13b     … For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
3.      We were created for the purpose of expressing God and exercising His dominion; this is the heart of Genesis.
B.     Genesis concludes with a life that, in Jacob, expressed God in His image and, in Joseph, represented God with His dominion—48:14-16; 41:40-44, 57:
Gen 48:14      But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it upon Ephraim's head-although he was the younger-and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands with insight, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.
Gen 48:15      And he blessed Joseph and said, / The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, / The God who has shepherded me all my life to this day,
Gen 48:16      The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; / And may my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; / And may they be a teeming multitude in the midst of the earth.
Gen 41:40      You shall be over my household, and according to your word all my people shall be ruled; only in the throne will I be greater than you.
Gen 41:41      Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:42      And Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it upon Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put a gold chain around his neck.
Gen 41:43      And he made him ride in the chariot of his second-in-command, and they cried out before him, Bow the knee! And he set him over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:44      And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I am Pharaoh, yet without your consent no man will lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:57      And all the earth came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all the earth.
1.      After Jacob was transformed and matured, he became the expression of God, becoming Israel, a corporate person—35:10.
Gen 35:10      And God said to him, Your name is Jacob; / Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, / But Israel shall be your name. Thus He called his name Israel.
2.      The exercise of God’s dominion over all things was manifested in Joseph’s life—45:8-9, 26a:
Gen 45:8        So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 45:9        Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me; do not delay.
Gen 45:26a    And they told him, saying, Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt. …
a.      Joseph’s life under the heavenly vision was the life of the kingdom of the heavens described in Matthew 5—7.
Matt 5-7         (be omitted.)
b.      Joseph’s self-denial was the key to the practice of the kingdom life—Gen. 45:4-8; 50:15-21.
Gen 45:4        And Joseph said to his brothers, Please come closer to me. And they came closer. And he said, I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
Gen 45:5        And now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
Gen 45:6        For the famine has been in the midst of the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.
Gen 45:7        And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.
Gen 45:8        So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 50:15      And when Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the evil which we did to him?
Gen 50:16      And they sent a message to Joseph, saying, Your father charged before he died, saying,
Gen 50:17      Thus shall you say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong. So now please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father. And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
Gen 50:18      And his brothers also went and fell down before him and said, We are here as your servants.
Gen 50:19      And Joseph said to them, Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?
Gen 50:20      Even though you intended evil against me, God intended it for good, to do as it is this day, to preserve alive a numerous people.
Gen 50:21      Now therefore do not be afraid; I will sustain you and your little ones. And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
c.      Because Joseph lived under God’s restriction, the kingdom could be brought in through him—Matt. 16:24-28.
Matt 16:24      Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
Matt 16:25      For whoever wants to save his soul-life shall lose it; but whoever loses his soul-life for My sake shall find it.
Matt 16:26      For what shall a man be profited if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his soul-life? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul-life?
Matt 16:27      For the Son of Man is to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will repay each man according to his doings.
Matt 16:28      Truly I say to you, There are some of those standing here who shall by no means taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.
d.      The reigning of Joseph in Egypt was the kingdom of God for the fulfillment of God’s purpose—Gen. 41:55-57; 47:11-27; Rev. 11:15.
Gen 41:55      So when all the land of Egypt became hungry, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread. And Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, you shall do.
Gen 41:56      And when the famine was over all the face of the earth, Joseph opened all the storehouses of grain and sold grain to the Egyptians; and the famine became severe in the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:57      And all the earth came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all the earth.
Gen 47:11      And Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
Gen 47:12      And Joseph sustained his father and his brothers and all his father's household with food according to the number of their little ones.
Gen 47:13      And there was no food in all the land, for the famine was so very severe that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.
Gen 47:14      And Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan for the grain which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
Gen 47:15      And when the money from the land of Egypt and from the land of Canaan had been spent, all the Egyptians came to Joseph saying, Give us food, for why should we die in your presence? For our money is gone.
Gen 47:16      And Joseph said, Bring your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock, if your money is gone.
Gen 47:17      And they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses and for the flocks of sheep and for the herds of cattle and for the donkeys; and he fed them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year.
Gen 47:18      And when that year had ended, they came to him the second year and said to him, We cannot hide from my lord that our money has been spent, and the herds of cattle are my lord's. There is nothing left in the sight of my lord except our bodies and our lands.
Gen 47:19      Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we and our land will become servants to Pharaoh. And give us seed that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.
Gen 47:20      So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for every Egyptian sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them; and the land became Pharaoh's.
Gen 47:21      And as for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of the border of Egypt even to the other end.
Gen 47:22      Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had an assigned portion from Pharaoh, and they lived off their portion which Pharaoh gave them; therefore they did not sell their land.
Gen 47:23      Then Joseph said to the people, Now that I have this day bought you and your land for Pharaoh, here is seed for you that you may sow the land.
Gen 47:24      And when harvest comes, you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four-fifths shall be your own as seed of the field and as food for you and for those of your households and as food for your little ones.
Gen 47:25      And they said, You have saved our lives. May we find favor in the sight of my lord and be Pharaoh's servants.
Gen 47:26      And Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt that stands to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests alone did not become Pharaoh's.
Gen 47:27      And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen; and they acquired possessions in it and were fruitful and multiplied exceedingly.
Rev 11:15      And the seventh angel trumpeted; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.
e.      In Genesis 47 we have a picture of the millennium:
1)      Under Joseph, Egypt prefigured the millennium with all the people on the same level, without distinctions.
2)      Under Joseph’s rule, the whole land of Egypt became a land of enjoyment:
a)      All the people were enjoyers on the same level because everyone and everything was under Joseph—vv. 14-21.
Gen 47:14-21   (be omitted.)
b)      This is a picture of the millennium, where everything will be under the Lord’s hand—Psa. 24:1.
Psa 24:1        The earth is Jehovah's, and its fullness, / The habitable land and those who dwell in it.
 
II.   The matters of image and dominion, presented as seeds in Genesis, are developed and consummated in the New Testament:
A.     Christ’s incarnation and God-man living fulfilled God’s intention in His creation of man—Gen. 1:26-27; Luke 1:31-32, 35; 2:40, 52:
Gen 1:26        And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
Gen 1:27        And God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Luke 1:31       And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus.
Luke 1:32       He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of David His father,
Luke 1:35       And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore also the holy thing which is born will be called the Son of God.
Luke 2:40       And the little child grew and became strong, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.
Luke 2:52       And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature and in the grace manifested in Him before God and men.
1.      The incarnation of Christ and His God-man living are closely related to God’s purpose that man would receive Him as life and express Him in His attributes—Gen. 1:26; 2:9; Acts 3:14a; Eph. 4:24.
Gen 1:26        And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
Gen 2:9          And out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, as well as the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Acts 3:14a     But you denied the holy and righteous One …
Eph 4:24        And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
2.      When Christ came, He brought the kingdom of God with Him; the kingdom subdues rebellion, casts out demons, heals the sick, and raises the dead—Luke 17:21; Matt. 12:28; Mark 4:35—5:43.
Luke 17:21     Nor will they say, Behold, here it is! or, There! For behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.
Matt 12:28      But if I, by the Spirit of God, cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Mark 4:35-5:43  (be omitted.)
B.     Whereas in Genesis 1 image precedes dominion, in the gospel the order is reversed, and dominion comes before image, because man has fallen from God’s dominion and must repent—Mark 1:1, 14-15; Matt. 4:17:
Gen 1            (be omitted.)
Mark 1:1        The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
Mark 1:14       And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,
Mark 1:15       And saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the gospel.
Matt 4:17       From that time Jesus began to proclaim and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.
1.      Through the gospel of the kingdom, God brings rebellious people under the ruling of His authority so that they may become His kingdom and be ruled by His authority—24:14; Rev. 1:5-6:
Matt 24:14      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Rev 1:5          And from Jesus Christ, the faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood
Rev 1:6          And made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be the glory and the might forever and ever. Amen.
a.      The gospel of the kingdom is proclaimed so that rebellious sinners might be saved, qualified, and equipped to enter into the kingdom of God—Acts 8:12.
Acts 8:12       But when they believed Philip, who announced the gospel of the kingdom of God and of the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
b.      As believers in Christ, we have been regenerated to enter into the kingdom of God as the realm of the divine species to live under the rule of God in life—John 3:3, 5, 15-16.
John 3:3        Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:5        Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:15       That everyone who believes into Him may have eternal life.
John 3:16       For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.
2.      Christ is the image of God and the effulgence of His glory; hence, the gospel of Christ is the gospel of His glory that illuminates and shines forth—2 Cor. 4:3-4; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3:
2 Cor 4:3        And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in those who are perishing,
2 Cor 4:4        In whom the god of this age has blinded the thoughts of the unbelievers that the illumination of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine on them.
Col 1:15         Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation,
Heb 1:3          Who, being the effulgence of His glory and the impress of His substance and upholding and bearing all things by the word of His power, having made purification of sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
a.      In 2 Corinthians 4:4 God is the image, the image is Christ, Christ is the glory, the glory is the gospel, and the gospel is the illumination.
2 Cor 4:4        In whom the god of this age has blinded the thoughts of the unbelievers that the illumination of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine on them.
b.      Through the illumination of the gospel of the glory of Christ, the shining reality of Christ, who is the embodiment and expression of the Triune God, is the treasure within us—vv. 6-7.
2 Cor 4:6        Because the God who said, Out of darkness light shall shine, is the One who shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 4:7        But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us.
C.     God intends that the believers in Christ be conformed to the image of the firstborn Son and that they reign in life—Rom. 8:29; 5:17:
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Rom 5:17       For if, by the offense of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
1.      Conformation to the image of God’s Son issues in His being the Firstborn among many brothers—8:29:
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
a.      Conformation denotes the shaping of life, shaping us into the image of the firstborn Son of God.
b.      Conformation is a process in which we are saved in life from our self-likeness to be conformed to the image of the firstborn Son for His corporate expression—5:10.
Rom 5:10       For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled,
2.      God’s complete salvation is for us to reign in life by the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness—vv. 17, 21:
Rom 5:17       For if, by the offense of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Rom 5:21       In order that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
a.      In experience, to reign in life is to be under the ruling of the divine life, the kingly and royal life with which we have been regenerated—John 3:3, 5-6, 15-16; Rom. 5:17.
John 3:3        Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:5        Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:6        That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 3:15       That everyone who believes into Him may have eternal life.
John 3:16       For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.
Rom 5:17       For if, by the offense of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
b.      All the believers who have received the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness need to practice the restriction and limitation of the divine life—Matt. 8:9; 2 Cor. 2:12-14; 5:14.
Matt 8:9         For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.
2 Cor 2:12      Furthermore, when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and a door was open to me in the Lord,
2 Cor 2:13      I had no rest in my spirit, for I did not find Titus my brother; but taking leave of them, I went forth into Macedonia.
2 Cor 2:14      But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in the Christ and manifests the savor of the knowledge of Him through us in every place.
2 Cor 5:14      For the love of Christ constrains us because we have judged this, that One died for all, therefore all died;
D.     As believers, we may know Christ as the image of God and live in the kingdom of the Son of God’s love—Col. 1:15, 13:
Col 1:15         Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation,
Col 1:13         Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
1.      God is invisible, but Christ as the Son of His love, who is the effulgence of His glory and the impress of His substance, is His image, expressing what He is—Heb. 1:3; Col. 1:15.
Heb 1:3          Who, being the effulgence of His glory and the impress of His substance and upholding and bearing all things by the word of His power, having made purification of sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Col 1:15         Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation,
2.      To be transferred into the kingdom of the Son of the Father’s love is to be transferred into the Son, the Beloved, who is life to us—v. 13; 1 John 5:11-12:
Col 1:13         Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
1 John 5:11    And this is the testimony, that God gave to us eternal life and this life is in His Son.
1 John 5:12    He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
a.      Because the Father delights in His Son, the kingdom of the Son is a pleasant thing, a matter of delight—Matt. 3:17; 17:5.
Matt 3:17       And behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I have found My delight.
Matt 17:5       While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I have found My delight. Hear Him!
b.      The kingdom in which we may live today is a realm full of life, light, and love; in this realm there is no fear—1 Pet. 2:9.
1 Pet 2:9        But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people acquired for a possession, so that you may tell out the virtues of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
c.      The church is the kingdom of the Son of the Father’s love, which is as delightful to the Father as the Son is—Col. 1:13; 4:15-16.
Col 1:13         Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
Col 4:15         Greet the brothers in Laodicea, as well as Nymphas and the church, which is in his house.
Col 4:16         And when this letter is read among you, cause that it be read in the church of the Laodiceans also, and that you also read the one from Laodicea.
E.      The church as the one new man is the corporate man in God’s intention; this universal new man will fulfill the twofold purpose of bearing God’s image to express Him and exercising God’s authority to represent Him and fight against God’s enemy for God’s kingdom—Eph. 2:15; 4:24; 6:10-20; Col. 3:10-11:
Eph 2:15        Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace,
Eph 4:24        And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
Eph 6:10        Finally, be empowered in the Lord and in the might of His strength.
Eph 6:11        Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil,
Eph 6:12        For our wrestling is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies.
Eph 6:13        Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14        Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness
Eph 6:15        And having shod your feet with the firm foundation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16        Besides all these, having taken up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.
Eph 6:17        And receive the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which Spirit is the word of God,
Eph 6:18        By means of all prayer and petition, praying at every time in spirit and watching unto this in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints,
Eph 6:19        And for me, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known in boldness the mystery of the gospel,
Eph 6:20        For which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I would speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11         Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
1.      God’s creation of man for His expression and representation is a picture, a type, of the universal new man in God’s new creation—Gen. 1:26-28; Eph. 4:24.
Gen 1:26        And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
Gen 1:27        And God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Gen 1:28        And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
Eph 4:24        And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
2.      The corporate new man bears the image of Him who created him (Col. 3:10), for the new man was “created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality” (Eph. 4:24).
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Eph 4:24        And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
3.      The one new man is a corporate warrior fighting against God’s enemy to bring in God’s kingdom—6:10-20; Rev. 12:10.
Eph 6:10        Finally, be empowered in the Lord and in the might of His strength.
Eph 6:11        Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil,
Eph 6:12        For our wrestling is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies.
Eph 6:13        Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14        Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness
Eph 6:15        And having shod your feet with the firm foundation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16        Besides all these, having taken up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.
Eph 6:17        And receive the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which Spirit is the word of God,
Eph 6:18        By means of all prayer and petition, praying at every time in spirit and watching unto this in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints,
Eph 6:19        And for me, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known in boldness the mystery of the gospel,
Eph 6:20        For which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I would speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Rev 12:10      And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, Now has come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ, for the accuser of our brothers has been cast down, who accuses them before our God day and night.
F.      In the coming age, the age of the millennial kingdom, the glorious kingdom of God will be manifested on earth—Matt. 6:13; Rev. 11:15:
Matt 6:13       And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Rev 11:15      And the seventh angel trumpeted; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.
1.      When the Lord Jesus comes again, He and the overcomers as the corporate smiting stone will become a great mountain to fill the whole earth, making the whole earth God’s kingdom, His dominion—Dan. 2:34-35, 44-45.
Dan 2:34        You were watching until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the image at its feet of iron and clay and crushed them.
Dan 2:35        Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed all at once, and they became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
Dan 2:44        And in the days of those kings the God of the heavens will raise up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and its reign will not be left to another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms; and it will stand forever.
Dan 2:45        Inasmuch as you saw that out of the mountain a stone was cut without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will happen afterward; and the dream is certain, and its interpretation trustworthy.
2.      The kingdom is a realm in which God exercises His power so that He can express His glory; thus, God’s glory goes with His kingdom—Matt. 6:13; 1 Thes. 2:12.
Matt 6:13       And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
1 Thes 2:12    So that you might walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
3.      In the millennium the overcoming believers will be with Christ in the bright glory of the kingdom, shining forth “like the sun in the kingdom of their Father”—Matt. 13:43.
Matt 13:43      Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
G.     The New Jerusalem in eternity is the consummation of image and dominion—Rev. 21:2, 10-11:
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:10      And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev 21:11      Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
1.      The New Jerusalem bears the image, the appearance, of God, expressing the Triune God by her shining with a light “like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal”—4:3; 21:10-11.
Rev 4:3          And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance, and there was a rainbow around the throne like an emerald in appearance.
Rev 21:10      And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev 21:11      Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
2.      The New Jerusalem is the eternal kingdom of God, filled with the glory of God—22:1, 5; 21:11.
Rev 22:1        And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.
Rev 22:5        And night will be no more; and they have no need of the light of a lamp and of the light of the sun, for the Lord God will shine upon them; and they will reign forever and ever.
Rev 21:11      Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
 
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