Summary: The kingdom of God.
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Col 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.
He must be 1st this is his plan and when we are under his authority we are also under his protection and under his blessing
Satan entered into the affairs of mankind by enticing human beings to rebel by mere words
Jesus said I can do even better I am going to enter and be the living word of almighty god
So by the word of the serpent man fell
But by the word of god man lives
Mat 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Here jesus is establishing his rule and reign is powerful than sickness and disease.
27The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, "What is this? A new teaching-and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him."
There is power when we are in the kingdom of god to tell harassing terrorist spirits to leave.
Power to tread on serpents and scorpiojns
In 1 john 3:8 it itells us that jesus came to destroy the works of satan
Another reason why we must be praisers and worshippers is because he attacks this
Jesus even said the father si looking for those who will worship the father in spirit and in truth
And satan has worked against this forever if he can weaken our praise and our worship if he can get us thinking that this is silly and crazy if he can get us embarrassed enough to sit down and not respond to the goodness of god then he knows that god cannot respond to lazy flesh
He came to destroy these works
if you remember in the creation story, of each thing God creates, He says, “and God saw that it was good”.
c. But the word for create that is used when God creates Adam is different. The word here is “yatsar”, which means to form or to fashion.
i. Unlike God creating from His throne in Heaven, we now see Him intimately engaged, like a potter forming a beautiful jar of clay… He is breathing life into Adam.
ii. And only now does the text say, “and God saw it was very good”.
d. To Adam and Eve, God gave authority to rule over the rest of His creation… He loved them and walk in intimacy with them each and every day.
e. This is what we were created for, to walk in His love and friendship.
2. Then, Satan shows up. Once a glorious angel but then cast out of heaven because he purposed, as Isaiah 14 says, to raise up a throne above the stars of God… he purposed to make himself like the most high God.
a. So that is what Satan did. He set up a counterfeit kingdom here on earth… the very antithesis of God’s K.
b. We saw a picture of God’s K in Gn 1-3… God as loving King over his treasured creation. We see beauty, order, intimacy, health.
c. Almost immediately after Adam and Eve fell to Satan’s temptation, we see death, sin, murder, and sickness.
Immediately, they b/c subject to Satan’s rule… with Satan usurping the authority God gave them to rule as His ambassadors over the earth.
d. Like if I were to raise up an army to attack a neighboring country. Once I defeat them, everything that is theirs becomes mine.
i. And all the inhabitants and everything they own become subject to me.
e. That’s what happen to Adam and Eve, and all their descendents after them
i. Because of the fall, man’s authority is removed
ii. They became the subjects of a new ruler, of a new kingdom… the Kingdom of Darkness.
The fact is, everyone whose come after them has been hurt by its power, we’ve all been sold a bill of goods, lied to be it, told all kinds of terrible things about ourselves by it, used and abused by it.
a. Everything got messed up b/c of this counterfeit K… incest, brokenness, abuse, shame, depression, fear, and disease.
b. THIS isn’t the world God created for us. We’ve all been raised in a world system that is in complete Rebellion against God… and willingly or unwillingly, we’ve all be caught up in this rebellion.