By R. J. Rushdoony
During the Middle Ages, much of Spain was under Moslem rule. The Christian Spaniards under Arabic government sometimes had serious difficulties but their faith was governed by the knowledge of their calling to dominion. Their order of service in church was known as the Mozarabic Rite, a service which a few years back was used only in one chapel in the Cathedral at Toledo. A remarkable aspect of that service was the use in every service of the proclamation by the pastor of two verses, Psalm 2:7,8:
The Lord hath said unto me: Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. Desire of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance: and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Our Lord has these words in mind in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20), when He sends forth His disciples into all the world, to bring all men and nations under the dominion of and in a saving relationship to Himself.
We have been called in Christ to victory (1 John 5:4), and we dare not shirk that calling. The whole world must know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. His dominion must begin with us. We must be fully commanded by Him, in total obedience to Him, and in all things faithful to Him.
The world must be conquered for Christ. There is no power too great for Him, no evil He cannot conquer, nor any barrier too high for Him to scale.
We have not been called to enjoy ourselves but to serve Him. We live in a world moving from disaster to disaster, and we must not be indifferent to the pressing nature of our crisis. Our world has no hope apart from Christ. If we fail to fulfill Christ’s dominion mandate to us, He will judge us also.
Taken from A Word in Season, Vol. 5 p. 3. Click to get your copy of the entire set and save!