And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” ~ Genesis 1:28
It was to Family that dominion over the earth was bestowed – in the spirit of faithful and loving stewardship.
Spiritual authority* over each family rests in the union between husband and wife. This authority was broken as a result of the Fall in the Garden of Eden, but is restored in Christ. Thus, fathers and mothers who are one in Christ, can regain full authority in the spirit, to protect, defend, steward and nurture their children in His love.
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” ~ Matthew 16:19
* “Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” 1 Corinthians 15:45-49