The Dominion Mandate: Understanding the Apostolic Church Model
Are you ready to take dominion and manifest the Kingdom of God on Earth? Jesus commanded every disciple of Christ to manifest the Kingdom of God on earth as part of the apostolic church. This prayer is found in the Lord’s Prayer and has been prayed by millions of believers yet many do not understand they have a part to play in the process. Jesus is the “Ruler of rulers” meaning every born-again believer has the right and responsibility to take dominion by influencing this world for Christ. This article discusses the apostolic church model and how it relates to the dominion mandate.
Spiritual conquest is the result of challenges by the sons of God. To push forward requires the use of spiritual armor. Spiritual armor is for fighting. The war for dominion is on. It’s time to invade, occupy and influence this world for Christ. As part of the remnant, you have been authorized for spiritual conquest and occupation. You are unstoppable having received a kingdom that cannot be moved.
Christ has called you into the royal priesthood of disciples empowered to manifest the Kingdom of God on earth. In prayer one day the Holy Ghost said to me, “Only the sons of God walking in the Spirit can manifest the Kingdom.”
Manifesting the Kingdom is found in the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen” (Matthew 6:9-13).
This prayer has been prayed by millions of believers yet how many believe they have a part to play in the process? Scripture says the entire earth is waiting for the manifesting of the sons of God. How much longer does the earth need to wait?
The manifestation of the Kingdom of God is the responsibility of every disciple of Christ. Disciples of Christ are part of the Church at large. There is only one “church model” in the New Testament and that’s the apostolic church. No New Testament churches in the Bible were built by prophets, evangelists, pastors or teachers; they were all built by apostles. Scripture says, “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, govern-ments, diversities of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:28).
We must not discount Christ's words about building a church the gates of hell could not prevail against. This church, a governing church, has five ascension gifts with unique graces designed to empower you for victory.
RULER OF RULERS
Understanding the Apostolic Church model will help you understand the dominion mandate. An apostolic church model includes apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, priests, kings and rulers. Together they are citizens of Zion and a governing body of believers.
Jesus said, ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The Church Christ is building is a governing Church full of governing believers. Paul confirmed this writing, “Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15).
Lord, Greek kurieuo, means ruler. Jesus is the “Ruler of rulers.” To understand the governing nature of every believer we need a solid definition of the word ruler. According to “Thayer’s Greek Lexicon” ruler means:
1) to be lord of, to rule, or have dominion over
2) of things and forces
3) to exercise influence upon, to have power over.
“Strong’s Greek Lexicon” agrees. To rule:
1) have dominion over
2) lord, be lord of
3) exercise lordship over.
Notice all of these are governing definitions such as lord, dominion and rule. The word dominion was first used by God, not man, when blessing Adam and Eve. They were commanded to rule (Genesis 1:26). So who are the kings and lords that Christ is the King and Ruler of? The answer is you, the born-again believer and disciple of Christ. With these definitions in mind to rule means, you have the right and responsibility to take dominion by influencing this world for Christ.
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