Christianity will Dominate the World – a New Creation Civilization is Inevitable
An unfortunate thing has happened in history in regard to the word dominate, as it has taken on the idea of lording it over people, rather than its key definition as it relates to the kingdom of God, which is, as the Merriam-Webster dictionary says, “to exert the supreme determining or guiding influence on.”
Oxford defines it as having “power and influence over.”
One of the reasons many Christians tend to shy away from the word dominate comes from the accounts of the disciples arguing over who would be the greatest.
24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.
29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Mark 10:35-45 deals with the same issue.
What has to be understood here is Jesus wasn’t undermining the concept of authority. What He was doing was defining the most effective authority, which is that which is willingly received by people as a result of them being served.
It also doesn’t mean there is no judgment in this world or the one to come, as Jesus clearly stated the 12 would “sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
There is also scriptural evidence that the men of God of that time in fact did have to take measures against those that opposed the ways of God. One example was when Peter announced the judgment of God on Ananias and Sapphira, where God struck them dead for lying.
Paul also said this in 2 Corinthians 10: 8-11:
8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
Paul was obviously stating that he would be more than willing and able to speak forth what he wrote in his letters, when he was with the believers in person.
The point of this is when Jesus was teaching about being servants rather than attempting to dominate people, He wasn’t talking about the need to get tough with people, churches or government leaders when they had to.
Jesus led by not only words, but by example, and He was very tough at times.
Finally, John 3: 9-11 says this:
9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
Again, here John is operating as a servant, and yet exercising authority over someone that had acted outrageosly toward God’s people because of his was in fact doing the very thing God warned the 12 against; he loved to have preeminence among the church, to the point of far exceeding any legitimate authority God delegates to even His most choice servants. He had essentially become a dictator and one that was lording it over God’s heritage.
1 Peter 5: 2-4 confirms this:
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
I want to bring this back to the definitions I started the article with here. To dominate is “to exert the supreme determining or guiding influence on,” or having “power and influence over.”
Being a servant and leading by example is what opens the doors of the hearts of men and women to receive instruction. This is what true power and influence, or domination refers to. This is what guides people to the truth and generates the most influence in their lives. That is what Jesus was saying to His disciples.
After all, have you ever tried to control people using only fear? It has very limited effect and lasting effect. That said, Paul asks rhetorically in 1 Corinthians 1:21, how they would like him to come.
“What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?”
Again, being a servant and dealing with different types of people are two different things. Jesus Himself was very tough with some people, and more kind and gentle with others. As a matter of fact, the two toughest words he had were for the religious leaders of the day and His inner circle. He went so far as to call out Peter as Satan, when He said “get behind me Satan,” when Peter rebuked Him when He revealed to the disciples that he was going to be killed (Mt:16:23).
There was no more of a stinging rebuke from Jesus concerning any of His followers than that which He directed toward Peter. It was well-deserved, as Peter was making it harder for Jesus to do accomplish because of his own selfish desires to have Jesus stay on the earth with him and the others. That would in fact have resulted in the loss of eternal salvation for all.
Of course Jesus would have never went along with it, but the point is He called out Peter in as strong and devastating terms as anyone has ever had to endure. But then again, Peter had become a stumblingblock to Jesus as the time for His suffering and departure approached.
Jesus was the ultimate example of a servant, yet it didn’t keep Him from blasting those that were even the closest to Him when it was called for.
Being a servant doesn’t take away the need to deal with circumstances in a tough way if need be, it simply means it shouldn’t be done from a position of perceived superiority. It also means discerning how a situation needs to be dealt with. You don’t participate in corrective overkill when dealing with minor situations.
Dominion, or being dominant in influence on planet earth, doesn’t mean being wimpy when the times call for toughness, it means being willing to take responsibility to lead by example and speak forth the truths of God in order to help build up other believers.
It also means for some people that we are to teach the nations to obey all the commands of Jesus, as the great commission calls for (Matthew 28:16-20).
Service means more than this when taking into consideration the various giftings inherent in the body of Christ, but I’m talking primarily about influencers in any part of the family, church or government, or any area associated with life on the earth. Not all are meant to lead, but all are meant to serve in some capacity.
God of this world
There is a lot of misunderstanding concerning the phrase “god of this world” in 2 Corinthians 4:4, as some don’t know it’s not a reference to the planet, but is rather the word for age (αἰών). Not only that, but it’s not primarily a reference to a duration of time, but rather a season marked by spiritual or moral characteristics. Vines say this:
“The force attached to the word is not so much that of the actual length of a period, but that of a period marked by spiritual or moral characteristics.”
The Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament describes it this way:
It refers to all that floating mass of thoughts, opinions, maxims, speculations, hopes, impulses, aims, aspirations at any time in the current world.
As for the word “blinded,” it points to Satan undermining their thoughts, thinking and ability to reason, according to The Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament. Vines describes it as a “dulling of the intellect” by Satan.
A major reason for mentioning this scripture is it has been wrongly used to assign Satan far more power and authority in this age than he actually has. He is not the god of this world if you mean by that planet earth. The Bible is very clear that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Psalm 24:1, 1 Corinthians 10:26,28). Nothing of it is Satan’s. Sometimes people have not only wrongly identified the word age here, but have also assumed the word translated as ‘world’ is another way of saying earth. It’s simply not true. Other parts of the Bible the word ‘world’ and ‘earth’ are interchangeable, but this isn’t one of them.
What’s important to take into consideration is what the word world in the verse mentioned above means.
As to the answer to all of this, the scriptures are clear. Romans 12:2 reveals it:
“And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
The word world in the verse above is αἰῶνι or age. Its meaning is basically the same as αἰῶν in 2 Corinthians 4:4.
Putting it together with the definition of age from The Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament and Vines, it means don’t be formed or fashioned by “mass of thoughts, opinions, maxims, speculations, hopes, impulses, aims, aspirations at any time in the current world,” or the “dulling of the mind,” but be transformed by the renewing of the mind.
Renewing of the mind is a reference to “the adjustment of the moral and spiritual vision and thinking to the mind of God,” according to Vines. Included in that is a stress on the willingness of believers to participate in the process of transformation.
Meyer says mind refers to “thinking power, reason in its moral quality and activity.”
“That you may prove” has the connotation of proving by testing, and afterwards, to accept as approved after the period of testing.
New creation civilization
To build a new creation civilization, as the scriptures show us, it starts with knowing we are to maintain our power of reason and apply it to truth as revealed in the Holy Scriptures and proved through our testing of it in real life.
We are to resist the temptation to embrace every wind of doctrine or teaching the world throws out to us, including the world that has worked its way into the churches, and maintain a disciplined approach to Jesus Christ, His revealed will in the Scriptures, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
The end result will be the gradual changing of individual lives into the image of God, and the at the corporate level, building Christian civilization in all nations and localities around the world.
We have to learn what the image of God is in Jesus Christ, which includes His character, His holiness, and His Lordship. We express those through obedience to His moral laws and taking dominion over the earth, which is our assignment from the time Adam was created.
The character of God refers to the fruits of the Spirit, love as revealed in I Corinthians 13, and wisdom from above revealed in the book of James, among other elements.
Christianity will dominate the world in the future, which means in the end, be the predominant influence among the people of the earth over time.
We won’t do this by forced control, but by serving in a variety of ways where it opens up the doors of hearts to hear and respond to the word of God we speak and live.
Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, not only heaven, and He will respond to the prayer He taught us to pray, that His kingdom would come and will be done in earth as it is in heaven.
He gave birth to a new creation almost 2,000 years ago, and that Christian civilization will continue to grow until it fills the whole earth. It’s inevitable, and we must work unto the Lord toward that end.