Jesus Christ has apprehended you,
laid hold of you for a purpose.
Do you know what that purpose is?
Purpose driven – I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own. (Phil 3:12)
Purpose driven – God’s eternal purpose is the manifestation of His Son to principalities and powers in heavenly places.
Genesis 1:26-27 reveals that God desired and created a man to rule upon this earth; then He would be satisfied. He created Adam in His image. God’s purpose is to gain a group of people who are like His Son. Romans 8:29 reveals God’s purpose:
Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers.
Before the creation of man, an angel of light rebelled against God and became the devil. Satan sinned and fell; the daystar became the enemy of God. God withdrew His authority from Satan and gave it to man.
God decreed His desire for man to have dominion over all the earth, and then added another phrase. Watchman Nee amplifies this as follows:
“…and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth”. The implication is that in order for man to have dominion over all the earth, the creeping things must not be overlooked, for God’s enemy is embodied in the creeping things. The serpent in Genesis 3 and the scorpions in Luke 10 are creeping things. Not only is there the serpent, representing Satan, but also scorpions, representing the sinful and unclean evil spirits. The domain of both the serpent and the scorpion is the earth. The problem is on the earth.”
If man has not restored the earth from the hand of Satan, he has not yet achieved God’s purpose in creating him. Saving souls is often only for the welfare of man, but dealing with Satan is for the benefit of God. Saving souls solves man’s need, but dealing with Satan satisfies God’s need.ii
We can clearly see the eternal purpose spoken in Genesis 1, dominion over Satan and his evil spirits on the earth, and in the heavenlies. The fall of man was not ordained as part of God’s eternal plan, but required redemption.
The question now is who is going to be the Lord in God’s universe.
Who is going to have world dominion?
He apprehended you to be a part of this great cosmic manifestation of Christ. Corporately we declare, by His life manifested in us, that Jesus is Lord of this universe. Can there be any higher calling?
The phrase “in Christ” with its variations in form and translation occurs more than two hundred times in the new testament. iv This is a great place to begin to take hold of what is already yours in Christ.
The solution for any identity crisis is resolved by identifying who we are in Him and who He is in us. He will live His life through us. That is the manifestation Satan fears most, the revealing of the sons of God!
Have you been apprehended? If so, lay hold of the purpose of God
determine to make it your only purpose!
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[i] Watchman Nee The Glorious Church (Living Stream Ministry, 1968) p. 10
[ii] Ibid p. 10-11
[iii] Revelation 12:9
[iv] Shaped by Vision Rex G. Beck, Greater Purpose Publishers, Cleveland, OH 2005 p. 292