“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed;…”

William Fullmer DVM By William Fullmer DVM, 9th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/d7l_wknh/
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I agree with Mr. Rogers that the crucifixion was a very important part Christ’s triumph over Satan, but it is only one part of the Saviors’ victory over the serpent of the Garden of Eden. I will divide my remarks into Christ’s ante-mortal, mortal and post-mortal triumph over Satan.

“it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel”

I recently I read an article by Jeff “Mitzvah” Rogers in which the author was discussing Genesis 3:15. The setting of this verse is in the Garden of Eden. Satan has just tempted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, which they have done. The Lord then appears to them and speaks to the serpent (Satan) and says “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Mr. Rogers asked when the fulfillment of the passage would occur. As he pointed out, the seed of the woman is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He asked then when would Satan bruise Christ’s heel and when would Christ bruise Satan’s head, or in other words when Christ would exercise his power over Satan.

The conclusion that he reached is that Satan bruised Christ’s heel with the crucifixion, but through the crucifixion Christ overcame or crushed Satan’s head. As I thought more about his article it inspired me with some thoughts of my own which I would like to share with you.

I agree with Mr. Rogers that the crucifixion was a very important part Christ’s triumph over Satan, but it is only one part of the Saviors’ victory over the serpent of the Garden of Eden. I will divide my remarks into Christ’s ante-mortal, mortal and post-mortal triumph over Satan.

Christ’s ante-mortal victory over Satan

When Satan was cast out of heaven Christ began his victory over “that old serpent”. John the Revelator recorded “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelations 12: 9-7 KJV) Italics added for emphasis.
This ante-mortal victory established Christ’s power over Satan and would set the stage for His mortal life and mission.

Christ’s mortal victory over Satan

Baptism in the river Jordan:

Jesus Christ himself said; “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.” (Mathew 3:15 KJV) By entering the waters of baptism and in fulfilling “all righteousness” Jesus began His mortal victory over Satan.

For us to overcome Satan’s influence we must repent of our sins and be baptized. New Testament teachings are clear in the necessity of this ordinance. Jesus told Nicodemus “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5) As we follow the Savior’s example and are “born again” through baptism we open the door to being cleansed from sin, to overcome Satan’s influence and the door of the Savior’s kingdom is opened to us.

Jesus chose to have this ordinance performed before the start of the His mortal ministry. Even though He needed no repentance or forgiveness He set the example for us, so that if we follow Him into the waters of baptism we might have the power to overcome sin lest we fall into the “…snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him,.” (2 Timothy 2:26)

Resisting Satan’s temptations:

After His baptism at the end of His forty day fast and just prior to beginning His mortal ministry the Master was led by the spirit into the wilderness where He was tempted three times by the devil.

The Savior rebuffed Satan in each of his these attempts. His final statement was to summarily dismiss Satan by stating “…Get thee hence..”. (See Mathew Chapter 4). Satan had no power over our Lord and as evidence in His last statement Satan was bound to the follow Savior’s commands. Howard W. Hunter in an address in 1976 in the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints said of Christ’s encounter with Satan; “So as victory in every encounter came to Jesus…”.

The power to cast out devils’:

“As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.” (Mathew 9:32-33 KJV) The act of casting out the evil spirit was not only a merciful act for the afflicted person, but it was an outward manifestation of His power over Satan and his kingdom.

Further evidence of Christ’s power over Satan came in the form of the devils that had possessed the two men “the country of the Gergesenes”. (Mathew 8:28 KJV)
Recognizing Christ’s power over them they said “What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” (Mathew 8:29 KJV) They knew who Christ was and they recognized his power. They were compelled to obey him, the Savoir himself testified that “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils…” (Mark 16: 16-17 KJV italics added for emphasis). Through baptism and faith in his name He even extends this power over Satan to all who faithfully follow Him.

His suffering in Gethsemane liberated us from the consequences of sin and subsequent captivity by the Devil:

Here the Savior prayed in solitude and suffered pain greater than it would be possible for us to suffer. His agony was so great that he bled from every pore, “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Luke 22:39 It was here that he began His suffering for our sins and redeemed us from our sins. The Apostle Paul said “…by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Hebrews 9:12 KJV) By achieving an eternal redemption He freed us from Satan’s grasp. David promised that He“…hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.” (Psalms 86:13)

The Crucifixion and attendant suffering:

After His trial before Pilate, the Savior submitted to the ridicule of the crowd, scourging, and the plaiting of His head with the crown of thorns. As the nails were cruelly driven through His hands the pain was unremitting. As He was lifted up on the cross on Golgotha’s hill I am sure Satan looked with cruel joy in his heart, seeing him suffering in agony to the jeers and taunts of the on looking soldiers. He, who would soon have complete triumph over Satan through His resurrection, would shortly have an end to His suffering however. “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” (Luke 23:46)

Christ’s post-mortal victory over Satan

The resurrection:

After He voluntarily gave up His life on the cross He was ready to make the final victory over death, hell, and Satan. His body was lovingly taken by those who cherished him most and carefully placed it the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. The stone was rolled across the entrance of the tomb and his sorrowing friends, according to Jewish law, departed to observe the Sabbath.

Upon their return they found, much to their dismay, the empty tomb. Where as their friend and companion? According to Mathew the angel told the two Mary’s that “He is not here: for he is risen…” (Mathew 28:6 KJV). With these words the heavenly messenger announced Christ’s greatest miracle, His resurrection from the dead giving Him victory over the grave and releasing all from the bonds of death and Satan’s grasp. Paul in his epistle to the Corinthians taught, “…thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV)

And in his epistle to the Hebrews Paul taught, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” (Hebrews 2:14 KJV Italics added for emphasis)

Satan bound during the Millennium:

Even with these great victories over Satan Paul declared, “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” (Romans 16:20 KJV).

This verse has caused me to think is there more? The answer is yes. When Christ returns to earth in His glory, to rule and reign during a millennium of peace and righteousness we are promised that Satan will be bound. Unable to tempt us while the King of Kings reigns on the earth, we will enjoy life without his evil influence.

“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled:” (Revelations 20: 2-3 KJV italics added for emphasis)

Final and eternal triumph; the battle of Gog and Magog:
As John taught in the aforementioned verse at the end of the millennium Satan will again be loosed for a period of time before the end of the world. John the revelator prophesied; “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, “And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Revelations 20:7-8 KJV)

As they gather together to battle, the armies of the Jesus Christ will prevail and Satan and his followers will be forever cast out completing Christ’s victory over the devil.
“And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelations 20:9-10 KJV)

This is the point at which the words in the book of Genesis will be ultimately fulfilled. This is the point at which the Savior Jesus Christ’s power over Satan will be fully manifested and the Lord will not only bruise, but will crush the tempter’s head.

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Baptism, Crucifixion, Gog And Magog, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Jesus Sacrifice, John The Baptist, Millennium, Resurrection

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Dr. Fullmer graduated from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He also graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Sciences and f

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