Christ’s victory over all foes – Part 2
Christ has complete dominion over the enemy. The Psalmist proclaimed that “all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him” and the Lord will “make (His) enemies (His) footstool.” God has also made Him “both Lord and Christ,” who upholds “all things by the word of his power.” He exercises His dominion on behalf of the Church because the Father has put all our enemies “in subjection under his feet.” By His dominion, He will “destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” As joint heirs with Him, we share in His victory, triumph and dominion.
Unlike people who seek protection outside Jesus Christ and surrender themselves to the bondage of occultism and idolatry, believers are delivered from the powers and the bondage of the devil. Christ’s dominion is an “everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” This dominion “shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High.” As saints of God, we partake in Christ’s dominion and “the God of peace shall bruise Satan under (our) feet shortly.”
After Christ’s coronation, there will be perpetual defeat and damnation of His enemies. Although, He has ascended to heaven, He will come again. When He returns, those who remain enemies of Christ, His cross and Church will experience final, ultimate defeat and eternal damnation. He will “pour out (His) indignation upon them, and let (His) wrathful anger take hold of them.”
Although our Heavenly Father had concluded in heaven that Christ would have dominion over all, He was hated and rejected. As we accept Christ as our King, we come under His dominion and authority. Therefore, salvation and protection are ours and no enemy can touch us. Although David was old, he still wanted God’s presence and power to be able to declare His wondrous works to his generation. Thus, he prayed, “cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth … until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.”
God wants us to keep trusting Him till old age, indeed till death. He also wants us to keep declaring His word to sinners even when we are “gray headed.” We must emulate Paul the Apostle who kept evangelising until his old age. He was delivered from all enemies and diseases, so, he could continue the work. While we do God’s will and remain righteous, “the Lord shall deliver (us) from every evil work, and will preserve (us) unto his heavenly kingdom.”
• Further reading (King James Version): Psalms 69:4, 9, 21, 26; 70:4; 71:20,21; 72:7, 8. Psalms 72:8, 11; 110:1; Acts 2:34-36; Hebrews 1:3; 2:8,14,15; 10:12-14; Daniel 7:13,14,27; Romans 16:20. Psalm 69:21-25; Acts 1:16-20; Matthew 27:25; Luke 19:14; Matthew 23:33; Psalm 71:9,10,17,18; Philemon 1:9,10; 2 Timothy 4:17,18; Psalm 92:12-14.