God wanted heirs made in His Image to hang with. He created Adam and Eve and gave them Identity, Authority, Blessings and Purpose. The earth was theirs to enjoy and have dominion over. He gave them one command ... don't eat from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As with all parents and kids, there comes a time where kids choose obedience or rebellion. They chose to test God's word and found out about His integrity. They doubted God & followed after pride, not realizing they chose Death and lost Life.
In God's Cosmic Plan, this rebellious choice to follow Satan's lie cost God dearly because He never gave up on wanting heirs made in His Image, living with Him forever.
God's Cosmic Plan for us involves a Kingdom and provides for us a New Identity, New Authority, New Blessings and New Purpose.
Genesis 1:26 (King James Version)
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Given a Speaking Spirit & an ability to communicate with God
Given dominion and power through our words
Equipped for success
Told to have dominion, be fruitful & multiply
Genesis 3:2-7 (New Living Translation)
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
Genesis 3:14-15 NKJV
So the Lord God said to the serpent (Satan): "Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle... I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed (demonic) and her Seed (promised Messiah); He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel."
We see this in the story of Jesus' Temptation by the devil. The devil offers Jesus authority and splendor -- something that had been given to him in the Garden of Eden by Adam and Eve.
Luke 4:5-6 (New International Version)
The devil led him (Jesus) up to a high place and showed him (Jesus) in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him (Jesus), "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. "
Sin Unplugged us from the Life of God and from True Knowledge
Mankind now chose a new master -- the devil
God remained good & merciful, but Mankind Chose to follow Sinful Desires
Work, once a joy, is now difficult
Revelation 12:9 (The Amplified Bible)
And the huge dragon was cast down and out—that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him.
Ephesians 1:7-9 (The Message Bible)
Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah (Jesus), his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we're a free people---free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making.
Made a New Creation Indued with Power
Made Ambassadors in The Kingdom
Given All Spiritual Blessings In The Heavenly Realms
Given Power and Spiritual Protection
Psalm 89:34 (New International Version) I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.
Satan said, "Yup. And now your hands are tied. Your words are binding, the earth’s dominion now belongs to your children, and now they’ve handed over power to me.”
My plan involves a seed (a human being) that you will attempt to destroy, but who will destroy you.
Because God had given earthly dominion & authority to man, He could not leave him out of the equation.
God was no longer in direct control, and mankind would have to become the voice of His words. Would man understand their role?
(Matthew 12:36-37, Romans 10:10)
A perfect man would have to live a perfect life & become a sacrifice to pay the price of redemption for the rest of mankind.
The sin-nature of man came through “the seed” or through “the man” - thus the perfect man would have to come supernaturally through a virgin birth, with God being the Father and "the seed" being the word of God (all the prophetic promises of the messiah).
Each step of this virgin birth miracle would have to be spoken into existence by mankind. This isn't easy! Step by step over 300 prophesies were spoken into existence. This took 4000 years -- from Adam and Eve to Mary the mother of Jesus.
Matthew 1:18-23 (NIV) This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit .... an angel of the Lord appeared to him(Joseph) in a dream and said, "Joseph ... what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."
Isaiah 7:14 (KJV) Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Revelation 20:10 (NIV) And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
God Gave Man Authority
Genesis 1:26 (KJV) And God said ... and let them have dominion over ... all the earth...
Psalm 8:4-6 (AMP) What is man that You are mindful of him... made him but a little lower than God...crowned him with glory and honor...made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands... put all things under his feet
The Earth is still under Man's Authority
Psalm 115:16 (KJV) The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
Man yielded Authority to the Devil
Luke 4:5-6 (NIV) The devil... said to him (Jesus), "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. "
Jesus came, Legally retrieved that authority from Satan, gave it to those who would Believe in Him, and promised to be with them in Spirit forever.
Matthew 28:18-20 (AMP) Jesus ...said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go then and make disciples of all the nations, ... I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age...
Believers In Jesus have New Authority and Reign in The Kingdom Today with Power
When Jesus died, He descended into hell (Psalms 16:10 with Acts 2:31, and Ephesians 4:8-10) and stripped Satan of all his power (Revelation 1:18). Now, God once again has all power in heaven and earth.
Revelation 1:18 (BBE) And I was dead, and see, I am living for ever, and I have the keys of death and of Hell.