In this teaching, Dr. Don G. Pickney begins a series on the Authority of the Believer in Christ.
In this first teaching, he emphasizes the need to understand this very special realm of authority.
Beginning with Paul's Ephesians instructions, he introduces a biblical term, "Heavenly places." Apostle Paul says that we are "blessed with all spiritual blessings 'in heavenly places' in Christ Jesus. He then goes on to describe how we came to be associated with the Lord Jesus Christ in this special "place" of authority.
Paul goes on to say of “Heavenly places,” it is "far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come."
We learn that when Jesus was given this special place of authority at the right hand of God, He conjoined us together completely with Him, and raised us up together with Him and made us sit together with Him in this special realm. This series will stress the importance of living our spiritual lives in that special "Heavenly place" of authority granted us in Christ resurrection and ascension to God's Heavenly throne.
As the series continues Pastor Don will stress that this is an entirely different realm than the authority Adam was given in the Genesis account; that the two have no bearing at all on each other; and that Adam’s authority came from God for natural things, limited to the “fish of the sea, fowl of the air, beasts of the field, over the earth itself (Heb. erets – the crust of the sphere) for tilling, growing crops, and mining the substances found in the soil), and finally over every creeping thing on the earth. (Genesis 1:26,28)
This week you will learn about principles of authority. It does no good to talk about authority in whatever realm when in many spiritual circles in the church, those teaching the subject don’t have a clue what they are talking about. In this teaching we will outline definitions of authority in various realms. Illustrations are given from scripture of what authority looks like from both a legal and vital standpoint.
Pastor Don emphasizes that while Adam was given a wider spread authority over the earth, he was not anywhere close to being made “god of the earth.” Never was there any suggestion that Adam was a sovereign. In fact, Adam and Eve never got past their “orientation” phase of training in the authority God had “granted” them. During the teaching he suggests:
“God is a God of divine wisdom. The last thing He would do is grant Adam authority over the earth, and then, with no training, turn him loose with such giant responsibilities and no training at all. So what did God do? God planted a garden east of Eden, and put Adam in the Garden of Eden to give him some training:
Genesis 2:8-15 AMP “And the Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden [delight]; and there He put the man whom He had formed (framed, constituted). (9) And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight or to be desired--good (suitable, pleasant) for food… (15) And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.”
God put Adam in the Garden to begin his orientation of having dominion over the earth – God made Adam an “in-training gardener!” No doubt, had Adam not been kicked out of the garden during orientation, he would have learned much about “tending the earth.” Instead, he left the Garden with great authority, but blinded by his sin, and unable to understand and know wisdom because of the blindness of his mind. The moment he became accountable to know good and evil, he was blinded by his sin.”
In this teaching, you will learn much about God’s plan and purpose for authority, and gain a foundation with which further study will develop in this teaching series.