John 10:1-2 (KJV) 1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
As I mentioned in Part II, the only ones with legal authority to operate on planet earth are those who enter by the right door, which is being born of a woman on planet earth. All others are renegade outlaws. And that’s the category of satan and his evil henchmen.
So, what does this mean? Well, surprisingly, it means that even the unsaved have more authority to operate on planet earth than the devil. How ‘bout that!
However, even though people on earth have authority to operate here, they still don’t have the power to enforce that authority. Only born-again believers have both authority and power to take their God-given dominion and subdue this earth and everything evil in it.
Genesis 1:26 (KJV) 26 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.
Going back to Gen. 1:26, we are reminded that God gave a mandate to Adam to take dominion over the earth and everything in it. He was commissioned to be in control. He had both authority and power from God. But – he committed high treason and sold out to satan. That’s why satan is called the god of this world.
2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Yes, satan is the god of this world, the prince of the power of the air, but he has no legal authority to operate here. The only way he can get authority is to usurp man’s authority and convince him to turn it over to him – satan. And sadly, here are multitudes that have done just that, either willingly or ignorantly.
Stay tuned for Part IV. I’m still setting the foundation. In a later blog, I’ll go into more depth about just how we actually use our authority and power to effect God’s plans and purposes and to occupy ’til Jesus comes back.
2 Corinthians 2:11 (KJV) 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Ephesians 2:2 (KJV) 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Luke 19:13b (KJV) 13 … Occupy till I come.