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Prophetic Expositions, vol. 1

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    I. ADAM AND HIS RACE, KINGS—THIS EARTH THEIR KINGDOM

    That God made this earth for man, and man for the earth, is very clear from the account given of the creation, in the first chapter of Genesis. After the creation of all things, God saw that there was not a man to till the ground. “And God said let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowls of the air and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26.PREX1 9.2

    The evidence is here distinct, taken in connection with Genesis 2:5-8, that the world was made for man, and man for the world. The dominion given to them constituted them kings. The territorial dominion of Adam and his progeny, was “all the earth,” and all that was in earth, air and sea. All was subject to him while he was subject to God; but when he rebelled against God, the whole animate creation rebelled against man; and even the elements of nature themselves, have become his enemy. Man lost the kingdom, and the devil obtained it.PREX1 10.1

    Two causes concurred to deprive man of the kingdom and dominion of the world. 1. The revolt of all creatures from his authority when he sinned; and 2. His own mortality. For, had the inferior creation remained in perfect obedience, he could not continue in authority because of death. But death was not in the original plan. Death entered the world by sin. “So death passed upon all men.”PREX1 10.2

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