About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Rules And When -
Soon after creation God told Adam and Eve to subdue (kabash in Hebrew - to tread over) the earth (eriers in Hebrew - land). He also told them to rule (radah in Hebrew - to tread and take dominion) the fish, birds, and animals. God did not tell Adam, Eve, or Christians in Genesis 1:28 to rule the world, nations, or cultures. He told Adam and Eve to be stewards of His creation.
The first record of
someone attempting to rule the world is Nimrod as seen in Genesis 11 at Babel. God was not happy with
Nimrod's aspirations of supremacy. So,
He brought Nimrod and Babel
down in judgment. Men and
nations have defied God ever since by their systematic attempts to rule
the world, and as Daniel 2:21 states, God eventually causes these men and
nations to fall in disgrace.
It's no coincidence that
right after God judged
In Exodus 18:14 and
following, which Stephen quoted in Acts 7:37, God told Moses that an
Israeli prophet would rise to Messianic supremacy.
God said that all must listen to Him.
This prediction was confirmed by all of the Old Testament prophets.
There's no debate here. We
all believe this Messianic prophet is Jesus.
John the Baptist was the
last of the Old Testament prophets. When
Jesus approached John to be baptized John said, "Behold the Lamb of
God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)."
John's confession is important because when the Spirit of God
rested on Jesus in baptism His job to take away the sins of the world, not
rule the world, had begun. He
would rule the world at a later date.
Jesus made no attempt to
rule the world by overthrowing either Judeo or Roman society.
He told Pilate that His kingdom was from another world (John
18:36). That's why His
disciples would not fight to defend Him and His kingdom.
So, when the disciples asked Jesus if He would now restore the
A brief reading of the
book of Acts shows that the first generation believers had no thought of
ruling the world. For example,
God didn't call Paul to Christianize the empire through political or
cultural means. Paul was to
proclaim the name of Jesus to Gentile kings and to the people of
The notion that
Christians are to rise up and rule the world in this present age is a
product of 4th century pagan intrusion into Christianity.
Revelation 17:14 tells us
that Jesus; the King of Kings will defeat the nations and establish His
kingdom on earth. Jesus won't
Christianize the nations. He
will demolish them and replace them with His kingdom (Revelation 17 and
18). "Now have come the
salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of
His Messiah (Revelation 12:10 NIV)."
"The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord
and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever (Revelation 11:15
NIV)." Jesus is the only
ultimate ruler of the world and when He returns to establish His kingdom
on earth we as Christians will have a subordinate place of rule under His
authority (2 Timothy 2:12).
I don't discount the
notion that God may call some of us to positions in government and
culture. I've had some
involvement in the political arena both in
In Genesis 1:28 God told
Adam and Eve to be good stewards of the earth, birds, fish, and animals.
God said nothing about Adam, Eve, or Christians, ruling the world. Ruling
was God's job back in Adam's day and it's His job today and into the