|Romans 16:20 |
20 And the God of peace shall crush Satan under your feet shortly.1 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
1 The God of Peace will soon come and crush Satan under your feet. There are only two spirits in the world: the spirit of Satan and the Spirit of Christ. All men have the spirit of Satan in control of them, which is selfish, lies, cheats, hates, lusts, and worse. This is manifest by our carnal minds which are enmity with God; our fleshly nature, living by which, no man can please God. This Spirit of Satan, the sinful nature, the old man, must be crucified on the inward cross of self-denial. This life of Satan's spirit must die, so the life of Christ's Spirit can increase and eventually rule your thoughts, words, and deeds. When a believer keeps repenting through obedience to the Lord's commands, the Lord appears to join with that person, creating an entirely new creature; just before that joining (or marriage) occurs, Christ destroys the selfish spirit in you by the spirit in his mouth and by the brightness of his coming, when he crushes the head of Satan under your feet. This is the final step of salvation when you experience the grace of God (Christ) bringing it to you, when Christ fulfills through his victory over Satan, the wonderful promise of God, made to Eve, regarding the serpent who had deceived her; spoken of in Genesis 3:15: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.