And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
Note 6 at Lu 4:6: This temptation would have been no temptation if Satan did not have control of the kingdoms of this world (Joh 12:31, 14:30; 2Co 4:4; Re 13:2, 4, and 7). 1Co 15:24-28 with Re 11:15-17 shows that God has not yet exercised His great power and reigned as absolute monarch over this world. He gave that dominion to Adam (Ge 1:26-28), and Adam yielded it to Satan through submitting to his temptation (Ge 3:6, Ro 6:16, and 1Ti 2:14). Jesus won back that dominion, not by worshiping the devil, but by conquest (Mt 28:18, Eph 1:19-22, and 1Pe 3:22). However, Jesus is now reigning through His body, the church; therefore, we do not see all enemies subdued unto Him yet. God has always owned all things (Ps 24:1), yet He delegated the control of the earth to people (Ps 115:16).