1. Adam had dominion over the earth.
a. Genesis 1:26-28 -- "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion … (v.26). And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion… " (v.28).
2. Adam was God's under-ruler in this earth.
3. Adam committed high treason and gave his authority to Satan.
a. Genesis 3:6 -- "…she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
b. Adam was not deceived. He stood by and allowed this to happen.
(1) I Timothy 2: 14—" And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”
B. God Needed a Legal Entry Back into The Earth
1. God was on the outside looking in -- the earth has been given to Satan.
2. Genesis 17:1-19—" And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.
12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.
13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.
16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!
19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.”
a. God finds a man who will obey Him and establishes a Covenant (a legal contract between God and man).
C. The Plan of Redemption Hid in A Mystery
1. Through this Covenant, God would bring Jesus into the earth.
2. Ephesians 3:9-10 -- "And to make al I men see what Is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created al I things by Jesus Christ" (v.9).
3. Satan didn't know who Jesus was until He was baptized In the River Jordan.
a. I Corinthians 2:7-8—" 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
b. God said: "This is my beloved Son…"
4. The Fight Is On.
a. Matthew 4: 1-11 -- "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit Into the wilderness to be tempted of the deviI" (v.1).
D. Jesus Came as The Second or last Adam
1. I Corinthians 15:45 -- "And so It Is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening (Life-giving) spirit."
2. Born of a virgin, with the blood of God In his veins (alI man and alI God).
3. Jesus had the same opportunity to fall as the first Adam, but he passed every test.
a. Hebrews 2:14-18-- 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
4. Jesus operated as a prophet under the Abrahamic Covenant. He went to the cross as the Son of God.
E. Jesus Became Sin for Us
1. Jesus was made to be sin.
a. II Corinthians 5:21 -- "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God In him."
2. Isaiah 53:3-10 -- "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our Iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (v.5). And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death ••• " (v.9).
a. Hebrew text: "deaths"
F. What Happened on The Cross
1. Matthew 27:46 -- " ••• Jesus cried ••• My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
2. It appears that God turned His back on His own Son, for He could not look upon sin.
3. David speaks of the crucifixion a thousand years before it took place.
a. Psalm 22:1-22—" 22 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.
11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.”
4. Jesus' body was deformed:
a. Isaiah 52:14 -- " ••• his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men."
5. Jesus cries, "It is finished" -- not the plan of redemption, but the Abrahamic Covenant.
G. The Veil of The Temple Rent
1. Matthew 27:51 -- "And, behold, the veiI of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent.”
a. The physical temple in Jerusalem is no longer the dwelling place of God.
2. The high priest finished his ministry when he offered up Jesus as the final sacrifice.
3. John 2:19 -- "Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
a. 1 Corinthians 3:16 -- "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwel leth in you?"
H. Jesus Went Into The Pit Of Hell
1. Matthew 12:40 -- "For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
2. Acts 2:24-27, 31 -- (Peter is quoting David) "He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption" (v.31).
a. Psalm 16: 10 -- "For thou wlIt not Ieave my souI in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."
3. David speaks of Jesus in hell:
a. Psalm 88:6 -- "Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, In darkness, in the deeps."
4. Satan torments Jesus for three days. (Read the entire 88th Psalm -- it is a description of what happened before Jesus was raised).
5. God says, "That Is enough, Iet My Son go.”
6. Jesus is justified in the Spirit -- recreated in Satan's domain.
a. I Timothy 3:16 -- " ••• God was manifest in the fIesh, justified in the Spirit…”
b. I Peter 3:18 -- "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death In the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit."
c. Jesus Is the first born from the dead.
(1) Romans 8:29-- For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
(2). Colossians 1:18-- And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
I. Jesus Stripped Satan Of His Authority
1. Colossians 2:15 -- "And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in It."
2. Hebrews 2:14-- Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
a. Jesus paralyzed Satan's death-dealing power.
3. Revelation 1: 18 – “I am he that Iiveth, and was dead; and behold. I am alive for evermore. Amen; and have the keys of helI and of death.”
4. He Is raised a glorified, resurrected immortal man --untouchable by death.
J. Jesus Sprinkles His Blood on The Heavenly Utensils of Worship
1. Man's penalty is paid, and the demands of Justice are met.
2. Hebrews 1 :5-8 -- 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
3. God highly exalts His Son.
a. Philippians 2:9-11-- Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
K. Jesus Delegates This Authority to The Body of Christ
1. Matthew 28: 18-20 -- "…All power Is given unto me In heaven and In earth. Go ye therefore. and teach all natlons…Teachlng them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you… "
2. Mark 16:15-18 -- "And he said unto them. Go ye into all the world. and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shalI lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
3. Ephesians 1:17-23 -- "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church" (v.22).
a. Jesus, having put off from Himself the principalities and the powers, (it would seem as though the whole hosts of hell were upon Him. He was going through agonies beyond words and suddenly is Justified, made alive) hurled back the hosts of darkness and paralyzed their death-dealing power.
4. Once again man is In a position of authority. He is no longer a slave to Satan but has become his master through the power in the name of Jesus.