The dominion of Christ

Jesus_ChristDaniel 7:14: And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

According to the prophetic insight of Daniel, the ancient of days will give Jesus Christ (who referred to himself as the son of man, and which Daniel referred with the same appellation) dominion, glory and a kingdom. Those are the things the church is building up into, as people who will his rule and reign with him in that kingdom, where he will exercise the fullness of dominion and express the fullness of his glory (Daniel 7).

Dominion

The kind of dominion that Jesus will be given in the future is an everlasting dominion that covered all human beings on the earth. Human beings have never subsisted under the dominion of a person from the evidence of scriptures. But that day will come when all dominion will be vested in Christ. And anyone who expresses any kind of dominion will be because such is expressing dominion as delegated by Christ.

What will be on a full-scale (world-wide) later-on is being exercised by Christ in the church now. That is why the bible says that Christ is the head of the church as the husband is the head of the wife (Ephesians 5:22-33). The church is subject to Christ.

Though the church and Christ are in an organic relation, of oneness, there is no confusion about who calls the shot. Not only is the dominion of Christ being expressed in the church, it is also being expressed through the church. To the level that the church allows him, he manifests himself through her, to the level the church is built up into.

Though Adam sinned and lost the dominion over the earth to the devil whose bidding he did (Genesis 3, Romans 6:16), God was going to deal with the devil though another man Jesus (Hebrews 2:14, 1John 3:8). In punishing Eve (who yielded to the devil and disobeyed God who had instructed that they should not eat the forbidden fruit) God said that her seed (who turned out to be Jesus) will bruise the head of the serpent, the devil, defeating him decisively.

At the end of the day with the death and resurrection of Jesus, the devil was dealt a knock-out punch. Now Jesus is the verified head of all principalities and power, either friend or foe (Colossians 2:10-15). It is said that he has been given a name above every others (Philippians 2:5-11).

It is the church wielding his name now that his dominion is expressed. But it will be a different ballgame when he wields dominion directly by himself in his full essence. The various limitations of the church curtail the expression of Christ now, but not for much longer.

Jesus is coming back to this earth and between now and then, watch out for the church breaking forth in increasing levels of Christ-dominion, as the limitations of knowledge and lack of conformity to Christ in his full essence is taken care of.

Glory

Glory encompasses many meanings like prestige, power; it is the intensity of the presence of God. That was witnessed when Solomon finished building of the temple and was dedicating it (1Kings 8:11). The priests could not minister because of the intensity of God’s presence.

The glory of God was so strong in the wilderness that the bible says that the mountains skipped like ram at the presence of God (Psalm 114). Isaiah prayed: oh that you rend the heaven and come down that the mountains may flow at your presence (Isaiah 64:1-4). There was also the manifestation of the glory of God in the wilderness in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21).

Isaiah was shown a vision of the throne-room of God in heaven. He said, “In the years that king Uzziah died, I saw the lord high and lifted up and his train filled the temple. And angelic beings say holy, holy, is the lord God almighty; all the earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 6:1-7).” There was such intensity of glory that Isaiah couldn’t stand it. He started confessing his sins.

Miracles are manifestations of the glory. When Jesus kick-started his miracle ministry by turning water into wine, John wrote as commentary that this beginning of miracle he did and manifested his glory (John 2:1-11). Glory is what is displayed, in power, presence and prestige.

In addition, angelic activities are a direct implication of the glory of God. Jesus said that he is the ladder on whom an angel goes to and fro between the earth and heaven (John 1:47-51).

Kingdom

The dominion is the extent; the glory is the presence and the numerous expressions of that, while the kingdom is the operation (principles). There are principles of the kingdom of God that the Jesus will implement through the length and breadth of the earth like never before in his coming kingdom. The events that were being described in verses surrounding the focus verse were obviously taking place on the earth.

However even before that time, the message of the kingdom was preached by Jesus, when he was alive. The kingdom is about the dominion and glory of God, but it is beyond that, it incorporates lifestyles, principles, order of doing things, protocols, chain of command etc.

Jesus gave various parables describing the operation of the kingdom in this age. Those build into what is described in focus verse, which we will see in full operation, not in this age, but that which is to come.

Jesus said that except a man is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3). He added that the kingdom is within us. Those are the dynamism of the kingdom now. And anyone that is not part of the kingdom through being born again loses out, because what happens in this age matters.

If the kingdom is within us, it means it is spiritual now, but in the age to come, it will be felt in the very air we breathe and on a global scale too. At that time, the everlasting kingdom will be given to the Son of God.

Note that before the kingdom was given to Jesus, certain books were opened, one of which is the book of life in which if your name is not found you will be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:12-15). There will be judgment of this age before the next. It means that when you have the opportunity, when the grace was still available in this age, you rejected the grace of Jesus. But the door will soon be shut.

Describing that kingdom, the bible says that of his reign and of peace there shall be no end. It means the kingdom will be marked by peace (Isaiah 9:7, Luke 1:33). And there shall be no death because he is the resurrection and life himself (John 11:25).

 

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