Keys To The Kingdom-Part 3

Posted By on Saturday, January 23, 2016

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve acted in disobedience by eating of the tree of knowledge (self).  They forfeited the authority and dominion that had been given to them.  Jesus faced this same testing in the wilderness, when He became intensely hungry.  He refused to turn stones into bread and eat, at the word of Satan, as Eve had done.  As a result, Jesus regained this lost dominion.
“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Genesis 2:15
The Lord created a beautiful environment, which Adam was commissioned to dress, or improve.
“And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking... in the cool of the evening….” 
Genesis 3:8
During the day, Adam rearranged, or improved the Garden of Eden.  Then in the evening, the Lord, the creator of the universe, came to see what Adam had accomplished during the day.  As they walked together, Adam pointed out to the Lord the things he had changed.  The Lord found great satisfaction in this, as the Lord takes pleasure in the works of our hands.
In redemption, we also have been given a word.  We are to “dress and improve” the world of our day and time.  As a result of the authority that Jesus gained in His victory over Satan, we have been given the “Keys of the Kingdom” which gives us authority to rule over, or to affect our environment.