1 Corinthians 15:24-28 (NLT)
24 After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. 25 For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. 26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.” (Of course, when it says “all things are under his authority,” that does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) 28 Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.
The Old Testament helps us to understand what is to come in the New Testament. In Genesis Joseph is sold into slavery where he is treated unfairly, yet he continues to do what is right. Later in Genesis the Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” Joseph was not the ruler, nor could he override the Pharaoh, but in every other way he was in control over all things in Egypt. Christ has been given the authority and power over all things earthly and heavenly. There is nothing that is not under the authority of Christ. Most important death with be destroyed and man will live be able to live eternally as God had planned.
In this world evil has highly exalted itself. The force behind the continuance of evil is Satan who is vastly superior in his capability and abilities to mankind. He became proud of his own superior abilities and led other angels with him away from the rule of God. 1 Timothy 3:6 mentions this pride, “Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” Pride and arrogance of his superiority and mighty abilities God Himself had given to Satan was Satan’s undoing. After being cast down from heaven he highly exalted himself here on this earth. Through temptation, Satan lured the original parents of this world to sin and God had to move them away from an eternity of life in sin. The result was death for man. Satan and the fallen angels were able to lead the world into corruption; a corruption so universal and extreme that God sent flood waters against the earth leaving only Noah and his family. When Christ came he warned of Satan’s temptations. Christ himself was tempted by Satan, but refused to fall away from the love of His Father God. Yet he was betrayed by one of his own disciples and denied by one who dearly loved Him. With sin came guilt. Its power was to hold one captive to sin; to make one feel unworthy; and to believe there could be no forgiveness from God himself. Christ wanted to make know the forgiveness and salvation of God. Christ endured the misery, the torture, the unfair treatment and even death. Christ won out over death and lives with the Father with all the power and authority of the Father. Because of Christ’s authority over death, we too can have eternal life with Christ.