Two Dominions

Posted on July 9, 2019


By David Ettinger

Two Kinds of People
You have probably heard the expression, “There are two kinds of people in the world.” In fact, it is one of Hollywood’s favorite clichés, as movies endlessly employ it. There is a YouTube video which parodies this practice, and contains about 40 categories.

But for believers, we know there is but one category for the two kinds of people in the world: those who love the Lord Jesus Christ and have had their sins forgiven, and those who do not have the Lord Jesus Christ and have not had their sins forgiven.

Two Dominions
These two categories of people are classified by the Lord Jesus Himself.

In Acts Chapter 26, the apostle Paul is on trial before King Agrippa. As part of his defense, he recounts His life-altering first encounter with Jesus, who told Paul that he was the Lord’s chosen vessel to spread the Gospel. As such, the Gospel would “open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (v. 18).

This is the Lord’s version of the two kinds of people in the world: those of the dominion of Satan (the unsaved), and those of the dominion of God (the saved).

Jesus further explains that the nature of these two dominions – or realms – are darkness (Satan’s realm), and light (Christ’s realm). Jesus is teaching us that those who have not given their lives to Him are in Satan’s dominion – they are subjects of His kingdom and thereby are subject to the consequences which come with it.

Satan’s Stronghold
It is interesting to note that Jesus divides the human race into two realms, His and Satan’s. This is because, in His sovereignty, God has ordained that among all created beings Satan would be granted the lion’s share of this world’s influence.

This is why the Bible refers to Satan as the “ruler of this world” (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11); “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4); and “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). As such, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).   

What Satan, therefore, controls, is the “order” or “workings” of this world, and anyone who does not belong to God belongs to him, whether they believe this or not. To belong to Satan is to live according to his dictates, which are many, but all boil down to one thing: the unbeliever, whether consciously or unconsciously, lives in enmity, or hostility, to God (James 4:4).

The Ultimate Consequence
The live in Satan’s dominion is death. John 3:36 tells us: “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him [and therefore eternal damnation].” Likewise, 1 John 5:11-12 tells us: “And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has [eternal] life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have [eternal] life.”

These two verses are simple and direct. They identify the only two kinds of people in the world and the two dominions in which they live. It is, ultimately, about the saved and the unsaved.

May we whose dearest loved ones and friends live in the in the realm of Satan’s dark dominion be diligent and faithful in graciously telling them about the light of Jesus’ dominion. Oh that God would open their eyes “so that they may turn from darkness to light” and “receive forgiveness of sins.” Please make it so, Lord Jesus!