Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. (Romans 16:19-20)
I hate losing.
Growing up my brother and I had a board game called Crossfire. There were two plastic guns on either end attached to the board game that shot small marbles onto the board. The object of the game was to shoot the pieces on the board game into the opponent’s goal. Once all the pieces were shot into the other person’s goal, you won.
I was really bad at it. And my brother beat me at Crossfire… a lot.
I hate to lose.
The apostle Paul in Romans warns the people of Rome against being divided, listening to false teachers, and worshipping false idols. At the end of his letter to the Romans, he throws in this last bit of encouragement for the people.
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. (Romans 16:20)
Paul shares that through their obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ and through their discernment of what was good and what was evil, they would be able to crush Satan underneath their feet.
Yeah. You read that correctly.
By the power of Jesus Christ, through their obedience and understanding of good and evil, they would be able to defeat Satan underneath their feet.
And here’s the good news, this isn’t only true for the Romans, but it’s true for us as Christ followers today!
For those that are in Jesus, Satan doesn’t get the final word. By the power of Jesus Christ, Satan will be defeated underneath our feet.
Defeat is not an option.
If you are in Christ, victory is the banner that we raise because of what Jesus did on the cross. Through that power, Satan is now crushed underneath your feet. Defeat isn’t even an option for us. Christ is victorious.
And by His grace, we are victorious also.
So stop letting the evil one steal your joy. Stop living in defeat in your sin. Stop thinking that evil will get the final say-so in your life. Stop fearing what death brings. And live in the victory that has been won over you through Christ Jesus.
He is victorious. We can have joy in this life knowing that, by the power of Jesus Christ, defeat is not an option.
Victory is available right now, in Jesus Christ.