“We know that whoever is born of G-d does not sin; but he who has been born of G-d keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. We know that we are of G-d; and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:18-19 NKJV).
“We know that whoever is born of G-d sinneth not; but he that is begotten of G-d keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of G-d, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.“ (1 John 5: 18-19 KJV).
“We know that anyone born of G-d does not continue to sin; the one who was born of G-d keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. We know that we are children of G-d, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.“ (1 John 5:18-19 NIV).
Who is reigning now?
Merriam-Webster defines the word reign as follows:
reign – noun – Definition of reign (Entry 1 of 2)
- royal authority : sovereignty “…under the reign of the Stuart king”
- the dominion, sway, or influence of one resembling a monarch “…the reign of the Puritan minister”
- the time during which someone (such as a sovereign) reigns
reign – verb – reigned; reigning; reign – Definition of reign (Entry 2 of 2) intransitive verb
- to possess or exercise sovereign power : rule
- to hold office as chief of state although possessing little governing power “…in England the sovereign reigns but does not rule”
- to exercise authority in the manner of a monarch
- to be predominant or prevalent “…chaos reigned in the classroom”
The bible tells us that the devil took Jesus up to a high mountain where he showed Him the kingdoms of the world and promised to give these kingdoms to Him, since they are his to give, in return for His worship. (Matthew 4:8-9, Luke 4: 5-7).
Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1, Luke 4: 1-2, Mark 1:12-13) but resisted him with the Scriptures. When you believe the bible, it becomes clear that the devil has reigned in the world of men since Adam’s sin, and he continues to reign in the world of men today.
When Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3:6), their right to have dominion over all the earth (Genesis 1:26-28) was stolen by Satan and has been illegally held by him ever since that time. The same devil possesses mankind’s G-d given right to have dominion over all the earth to this very day. This is why Jesus, when tempted by the devil, didn’t refute his claim that the kingdoms of the world are his to give (Luke 4:5-7).
When G-d commanded Adam and Eve to have dominion (to reign) over all the earth (Genesis 1:26-28), they were to reign in a perfect world, a world unblemished by sin and corruption, subjects of G-d their Creator, King, and Friend. It’s important to understand that our world presently under the control of the devil is corrupt and is perishing, but in the time of the restoration of all things (Acts 3:19-21), Jesus will return to this corrupt earth to reclaim what is His and to restore it and it’s inhabitants to a condition similar to that in the beginning: “Then G-d saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31).
Who will reign with whom?
“Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of G-d and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6).
We learn from the bible that those who share in the first resurrection will reign with Jesus on earth for a thousand years. Those who share in the first resurrection will be priests of G-d and of Christ (see my post “How many resurrections?”).
The millennial reign of Christ on earth is the establishment of the kingdom of heaven on earth; it will be the realization of the kingdom of heaven preached by Jesus when He began His ministry in Israel so long ago: “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'” (Matthew 4:17).