Defeat Through the First Man in Eden (continued)
Adam was to Reign with God over All God's Earthly Creation
Genesis 1:26: And God said ... Have dominion ... over all the earth.
Genesis 1:28: And God said to them ... Have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Adam, by God's own appointment, was the monarch over all living creatures of the sea, and the air, and the earth. All the lower orders of creation were under him direct sovereignty; they served and feared him. There was harmony between them and man. Adam as head over the cosmos creation was given the privilege and power to name every animal, and was set in supreme authority over them. Adam was God's vice-regent over all the earth. Within his sphere he was a sovereign, subordinate only to God.
Adam was a Representative Man: the Federal Head of the Human Race in Creation.
Bishop H. C. G. Moule says: "Adam was what only one other Being has ever been, the moral intelligent Head of a moral intelligent race; not only the first specimen of a newly created nature, but in such a sense the Spring of that nature to his afterkind, that in him not only the individual but the race could be dealt with." Adam, by God's appointment, was the father of all mankind. As God's representative man, he stood for the whole human race. What he was in his human life and nature God meant all men to be. "God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth."
Adam was the federal head of the human race in creation. He not only stood for the race, but he acted for it, so any action on his part would vitally affect the posterity latent in him. Also the dominion vested in him would be carried on by them. Thus through Adam in creation God purposed to establish and maintain union with the whole human race.
(continued with # 12 - "Adam Was Put to a Test in His Relationship to God")