Wade E Taylor
The Word tells us that Jesus was slain before the foundation
of the world (Rev 13:8). Thus, the transgression and failure
of Adam did not take God by surprise, as the Lord had a purpose
in mind when He created man.
“In the beginning, God ...” Before anything was
created, God already existed. It is very difficult for us
to comprehend that God is “without a beginning.”
Also, the vastness of the universe is incomprehensible. I
have wondered why such a vast universe was brought into being.
When I ask, the Lord always responds with the following understanding.
Because God is a social being (we are created in His likeness),
He has, from eternity, desired “fellowship” with
a satisfaction gained from that communion. Thus, God created
the universe, seeking, but never finding, that which He desired.
He returned from searching the universe, to a small planet
called “earth” and created a man in His image
and likeness, and placed him in a desirable environment. Then,
He came to fellowship with this man.
“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking
garden, in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid
themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst
the trees of the garden.”
“And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto
where are you?” Gen 3:8-9.
Adam hid from the presence of the Lord because he had transgressed
the word of the Lord to him. The Lord asked this question,
not because He did not know where Adam was hiding, but rather,
to expose the condition of his heart in order to restore fellowship
with him. Any counselor knows that to be successful, he must
come to the root of the problem. Here, man is hiding, but
the Lord is seeking restored fellowship. We should be encouraged
in knowing that our Lord takes the initiative in seeking fellowship
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our
likeness.” Gen 1:26a.
“Let us…” This speaks of the totality of
God; Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus was involved
in our Creation. “Image” has to do with the fact
that God has shape and form. He sits on a throne. He is Spirit,
but He has shape and form. He fills heaven and earth, and
yet He has a localized Presence.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me,
he will keep
My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come to
and make Our abode with him.” John 14:23.
“Likeness” has to do with our personality being
like His. He, unlimited, but we limited. As we desire to be
loved and have fellowship with others, so also, God has these
desires. “Likeness” also has to do with our moral
character, meaning we have the ability to think, to choose,
and to act.
Man was formed to have fellowship with God, but there is a
further purpose - “Let them have dominion.” Gen
1:26b. This speaks of man being given an authority over his
environment, the climate, the weather, and over all that was
created. If this “dominion” were active today,
there would be none of the tornadoes, hurricanes, or the devastating
storms that we experience today. We would have the authority
to speak to, and calm these storms, just as Jesus did.
It was never the Lord’s intention that these storms
exist as they presently do. Many say, “If there is a
God, why does He permit these destructive storms? The answer
is that man choose “the tree of knowledge,” to
go his own way and rule himself, apart from God. He forfeited
the “dominion” that had been given him in his
creation, and we bear the consequences of Adam’s failure
and the judgment that came on him.
Many years ago, I was ministering on the streets of Philadelphia.
At that time, there had been a fire in Chicago in which a
children’s home burned and about forty children lost
their lives. A lady I was witnessing to said, “If there
was a God, He never would have permitted that to happen.”
I did not know what to say. I went home, and asked the Lord.
The answer I received was that “we bear the consequences
of man’s rebellion.”
But there is more. In redemption, we become a new creation
and all that Adam lost is restored to us. This is a progressive
restoration, and we must learn to act on all that we have
received. I have a home in Florida and some time ago, was
told that a tornado was headed directly toward this property.
I earnestly prayed that this storm would turn northward in
the Atlantic ocean and never touch land. This unexpectedly
happened, and I thanked our Lord for this experience in “dominion.”
God created man in “His image and likeness.”
This speaks of a “potential” which must be acted
on. There is a present working of the “dominion”
which we gained in our redemption. It is very possible that
we can turn a hurricane, a tornado, or a bad storm, if we
will believe and speak forth the authority that we received
in our redemption. At least twice recently, I have heard of
areas where there had been no rain for a prolonged time, and
a person who is walking close to the Lord had prayed, and
soon it rained.
Satan deceived Adam and Eve, and robbed them of the authority
they had been given. But when they hid from the presence of
the Lord, it was the Lord who sought to restore that which
had been lost. Our “salvation” is the beginning
point of this restoration, and has two purposes. The first
is to prepare us for eternity, which is much emphasized. But
there is a present restoration of all that Adam lost, which
is much neglected.
God created the earth, and placed man on it with a purpose.
He came “in the cool of the evening,” during which
there was a special atmosphere, in order to walk and fellowship
with man. He found pleasure in doing this. A desirable atmosphere
is very important, especially in a church service. Some time
ago, I spoke in a meeting, and the person that introduced
me told several jokes, which made everyone laugh, and then
turned it over to me. I struggled, and had a hard time speaking.
Several months later, I spoke again in the same place. This
time the person who introduced me, acknowledged and built
up the presence of the Lord. This time, the word of the Lord
easily flowed out from me. But there is something more.
“And the Lord took the man, and put him in the garden
Eden to dress it and keep it.” Gen 2:15.
That which the Lord had created was perfect in every way.
But Adam was to change, or improve what God had created, and
during the day, he did this very thing. Then in the evening,
in “the cool of the day,” God came to see what
Adam had accomplished, or changed in the garden during the
day. He moved, sheared, and gave it shape; he improved what
God had created. Then in the evening, the Lord came and said,
“Adam, I would like to go for a walk with you, to see
what you did in the garden today?” And Adam said, “Lord,
I trimmed this, and then, I moved it to a different place.”
And God found pleasure in the fact that He had created a man
with a freedom of will and ability. Although the Lord had
created innumerable Angles, he never found this level of pleasure
and satisfaction in them.
But an enemy came and marred it by destroying the place of
dependence and intimate relationship that Adam had with his
creator. Now, by sweat amongst thorns, he would function,
and life has become very difficult for all of us. This is
the result of sin. But the Lord’s intention is to bring
a restoration of the dominion that Adam forfeited. All that
was lost is to be restored before there is any return of our
“Dominion” has to do with authority. In past
times, the Lord has given a measure of authority to those
He called into places of responsibility. At times, this authority
was misused, in the building of human kingdoms. The government,
the place of authority, is to rest on His shoulders.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government
shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince
Peace.” Isaiah 9:6.
We are the body of Christ. The government – that which
comes from the Head, is to rest on the shoulders. Therefore,
the outworking of this government is dependent on the body
functioning under the head in total obedience. This “obedience”
must be tested and established. Only then will we become the
overcomer that the Lord desires, for the outworking of His
purposes in the earth.
“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me
throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with
My Father in His throne.” Rev 3:21.
Adam was placed in the garden, in a perfect environment,
but there was a point of testing. He was to remain dependent
on the “tree of life.” But the tree of (self)
knowledge was very attractive and in time, Adam and Eve partook,
and failed. The tree of life is the Lord Jesus Christ, who
is our “Head,” and to whom we are to be totally
submitted. Our mind and ways must be committed to the cross.
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil “appears”
to be very attractive, but it represents our choosing apart
from God, and becoming independent of His government and provision.
Because of this choice, mankind came from under the place
of divine provision and protection, and became subject to
all the forces of nature, apart from God. We are still paying
the price for Adam choosing to go his own way.
For us to come back into the original intention of the Lord,
the first step is for us to give up the right to our self
life, and submit the totality of our being to His dominion
and authority. We are to become subject to His government
and submissive to His will. We do this by establishing the
preeminence of the Lord over every aspect of our lives, and
walk as the Lord directs.
Sometime ago, I received a very specific dealing from the
Lord about my being in Washington, DC.
Later, I was in San Diego with a friend and we visited the
animal farm, which has animals from all over the world living
in a simulation of their environment. It was outstanding,
but all the time I was there, the Lord was reminding me that
I belonged in Washington DC.
I was being dealt with, because I had submitted my life to
the will of the Lord, and, I did not have a “word”
from the Lord that I was to be where I was. This is not bondage,
but rather, a tremendous freedom, as it is very reassuring
to know that I am in the Lord’s will, and that His favor
is resting on my life and circumstances.
May each of us come to the place where we are fully submitted
to the headship of our Lord Jesus Christ, so we can function
in the spiritual authority that He gained for us on the cross.
This will enable us to greatly affect the environment and
circumstances in which we live.
And then, the Lord will come “in the cool of the evening,”
so we can share with Him the victories we have gained.