Monday, 15 January 2018

Our Dominion-part 3

The last post we looked at God's dominion, this one we are going to focus more on the dominion God gave us.

John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. From this verse (and others too) we know Jesus is our example. His dominion was revealing His character, so in order for us to follow His example of sharing life giving dominion, we need His character, His life. Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which also was in Christ Jesus.

Dominion over one another - the family/church structure.

I hope by now you're sure of the word dominion (as I wasn't to start with), otherwise it is kinda scary to say we use it over other people. Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. This is a general statement, so we all need to be willing to lay our ideas aside in the favor and love for another. There is more about this in 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Back to Ephesians; Paul goes into the family structure.

Ephesians 5:22-25 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

So wives are to submit to their husbands, but that doesn't mean husbands can just rule sternly. They are to love their wives. Then children come into the picture. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

Children are to obey and honour their parents' authority (dominion :). And a final thing to fathers;

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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