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And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more (Luke 12:47–48).
I return to the theme of the dominion covenant. The dominion covenant establishes mankind’s responsibility to exercise dominion in history.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 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 1:26–28).
This is an inescapable responsibility. The very definition of mankind is tied to this responsibility. This responsibility is tied directly to mankind’s God-given authority to exercise dominion. Responsibility and authority are covenantally linked. They cannot be separated. Thus, every increase in a person’s wealth, influence, power, or capabilities is accompanied by a comparable increase in responsibility. God holds fully accountable every beneficiary of such blessings. They are accountable in history, on judgment day, and in eternity.