God gave them dominion

The Law of Sin and Death



 In the book of Romans there are several principles found in chapters 6, 7 and 8. The Apostle Paul discusses with the church in Rome the need for God's righteousness for the unrighteous Gentile, the unrighteous Jew and all of unrighteous mankind.

Paul explains the source of God's provision through Jesus Christ for righteousness, and the causes of sin, and the symptoms, the fall of mankind and Jesus' sacrifice to redeem mankind from the law of sin and death.

The Apostle Paul also explains how sin was passed through Adam to all mankind and it produces our sin nature. With this sin nature the seed of the man was passed through Adam's bloodline and produces an unregenerate seed of multiplication to the fall of mankind.

The Apostle Paul describes in Romans chapter 6 how we can be dead to sin but alive to God. In Romans chapter 7 the apostle Paul speaks of freedom from the law and the law cannot save you from your sin. Lastly, in Romans chapter 8 the apostle Paul describes freedom from indwelling sin, the Son-ship of God and his everlasting love.


In Genesis chapter 3 God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and God gave them dominion (authority, control, self-government) (Dictionary) over the garden.  When God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden, He allowed them to eat of all the trees except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

There was a serpent in the garden and he approached Eve and the serpent spoke; and he deceives Eve with a reason as to why God was “withholding” this one tree; “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, was “For God knows, that in the day that you eat of if then, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:3)

Eve responded to the serpent and said that, “We may eat of every tree of the garden; except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day that we eat of it, we will surely die.”

Eve saw that the fruit was pleasant to the eye and she ate the fruit, and gave some to Adam; the consequences were not immediate. However, this was a blatant act of rebellion. Adam and Eve had enjoyed a personal relationship with God as He walked in the cool of the garden with them. In an act of disobedience; their relationship that they had enjoyed, had been severed. Adam and Eve had heard God walking in the garden and hid themselves from God’s presence. God asked Adam and Eve why they hid; they said they were afraid because they were naked; God asked them, who had told them that they were naked? Then God ask them if they had eaten from the tree that he had commanded them not to eat; Adam blames the rebellious act on Eve; then Eve blames the rebellious act on the serpent and God pronounces punishment on all of them.

In Genesis 3:14, God pronounces a curse on the serpent and it will be made to slither on its belly.

Then God pronounces a curse between the woman and the serpent and this is a prophetic, Messianic promise of the coming of Jesus the Messiah. God states that He will put enmity (hostility and hatred) between the serpent and the woman between her seed and your seed and he shall crush your head and you shall bruise his heel; and that womankind will have multiplied pain in conception and in childbirth when she brings forth children and her desire will be for her husband and he shall rule over her. (Genesis 3:15-16)

God pronounces a curse over Adam in Genesis chapter 3:17-19: the ground will be cursed for his sake and he shall toil for food all the days of his life, that the earth will bring forth thorns and thistles and with the sweat of your face; then you shall eat bread; man will return to the ground from which he was taken as he is but dust and to dust you will return.

Before the act of rebellion and disobedience to God by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil man enjoyed sweet communion with God, after sin, man's spirit was stubborn and cut off from God. Although, Adam did not die the moment he ate the fruit, by God's mercy he was changed and immediately became liable for all the sufferings and miseries of life to death and pain.

In Romans chapter 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned” NIV

Adam was given authority in the garden by God; through Adam's disobedience and transgression; (rebellion will-full sin) Adam was indeed cut off in the spirit. His rebellious act produced the effects of sin and a curse which would be much more profound.

Adam opened the door to death and rebellion and demonic forces that began exerting control over what he did. As a result of Adam's sin he and all his descendents were subjected to Satanic control. (John 8:34)  Adam is deceived into believing that he will receive liberty by disobeying God but in actuality according to 2 Peter 2:19 they are forced into bondage. The longer the process of rebellion has continued, the more enslaved people will become.  The people whose minds are blinded continued to slide deeper into the jaws of death. (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Adam is given authority by God to have dominion over the garden; he rebels and then he and Eve are cursed. He received the consequences which is separation from God by a spiritual and physical death. Satan receives control or dominion over the earth. This is why Satan is called the “Prince of the power of this world” and all of Adam's descendents are subjected to sin. (John 16:11)