God's purpose has always been for man to rule alongside of Him. In other words, Adam's authority was directly connected to the closeness of his divine relationship with God. Authority is not something that we earn but something that has been given to us by God Himself. Authority is based upon intimacy with God which makes us His delegated representatives over His creation (Gen. 1:26-30, 2:15-23, 3:8). We see Satan's attempt to rob from Jesus what rightfully was His from all of eternity. The devil understood and discerned the anointing and authority that Jesus carried. The devil sought to bring doubt to Jesus' closeness of intimacy that He had with the Father. His temptation against Jesus in the wilderness was not to simply get Jesus to do something to prove His power, but it was to get Jesus to believe that He had to work and earn God's love rather than just believing the Father's word.
“Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread... and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written ‘He shall give His angels charge over you and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.” Matthew 4:3, 6, 9-10
“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17
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