History of Redemption: Blog Post 7

The Lord God said to the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15 God has declared the great battle that is about to unfold.  We live in a state of spiritual warfare.  Satan, the “father of lies” (John 8:44), has, as his ultimate desire to destroy us, and to destroy our relationship with God.  We know that what God foretold is true.  Despite our “evolution” we still live in a world surrounded by sin, sickness and death, chaos, violence, and decay.  We live in a world surrounded by opposition to God and His kingdom.  We only have to get out of bed in the morning to know that our “adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).  We know that we are under attack.

But if what God has told us is true, then He is trustworthy, and what does He tell us next?  We are told that the woman’s offspring will crush satan.  We are told about what Jesus Christ will do.  We are told that Jesus will destroy Satan and will reign victorious!  Praise be to God!  God foretold to us that Jesus would come and battle Satan, that He would be “bruised”, but that He would be victorious.

Jesus Christ has triumphed over Satan when He laid down His life on the cross, that “through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Hebrews 2:14-15).  Praise be to our great King, who has made us “more than conquerers through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).  Satan still exists, but he now has no authority over us.  We belong to Jesus Christ, who will one day cast Satan into the lake of fire and sulfur (Revelation 20:10).  We belong to the Victor.

We get to live in light of these glorious promises from God.  We get to live with confidence that satan and death have no victory over us.  We get to be a people celebrating the great defeat of Satan by our great Savior Jesus Christ, who has fought for us.  We get to worship Him, whose “eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.  In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength” (Revelation 1:14-16).  This is the God we worship.  How great is our God!  “Our God will fight for us” (Nehemiah 4:20).

Lord Jesus, you are mighty, you are strong, you are our King, and you have fought for us.  All glory be to Your holy name.

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands.  This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.  He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” - Colossians 2:13-15.