“Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet” (1 Corinthians 15:24-25).”
What happens at the end? Christ delivers the kingdom to God the Father.
When does the end come? When all the enemies of Christ are “under his feet.”
What will Christ do until this happens? He will reign!
This is simply a reference to Psalm 110:1, which is the most quoted and referenced Old Testament passage in the New. The earth is the Lord’s (Psalm 24:1). Post his ascension, Christ reigns as king from heaven at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:33, Daniel 7:14).
But if Christ is reigning over all things, including the earth, from heaven, where is his representation on earth? We cannot see Him. He owns it and all that is in it, yet billions of people are on it many of whom have no care for Him at all. In fact, it seems that certain areas of life are exclusively under the control of Satan. We know for certain God has not forfeited his ownership of earth. The only other option then is that he has delegated it. Reading through the first book by Gary North in the “Biblical Blueprint Series,” he expounds on what he calls the Doctrine of Representation. What is the Doctrine of Representation? In a short summary:
God made all things and placed man over it (Genesis 1:28). Adam, made in God’s image, was God’s first born earthly son and lawful heir to the whole world. Upon eating the fruit, God cast Adam and Eve from the garden and they became “disinherited children.” Adam “sold his birthright to Satan” and all humans from birth are disinherited children. However, the dominion mandate is still in place (Genesis 9:1-10). Jesus, the second Adam, came to redeem mankind from the curse and reclaim that birthright. Therefore, Christians are to “exercise authority over the earth in His name, by His revealed Word, through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Does that seem like a big statement? A little over the top? The Great Commission tells us:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Because Christ has all authority in heaven and on earth, therefore, we are to go and make disciples of all nations. The nations! We are to take up our role as stewards and, as Jesus taught us, pray God’s will be done on earth (Matthew 6:9-10).
What about Satan? God’s people are told to exercise dominion not Satan. The only power Satan can exercise is through his followers.
So the questions is: Are you taking the dominion mandate seriously. The battleground is earth. It is our families, our children, our jobs, economics, politics, financial management, education, art, etc. God rewards those who honor him (1 Samuel 2:30), and as Christians are obedient to his Word and faithfully stewarding what has been delegated to them, we can see the tide from a pessimistic, defeated people to those who “disciple the nations” and “win back the earth through obedience.”