Unlimited: Smashing Good News!
Dec 13, 2021 850
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet (Romans 16:20, NIV).
This short verse raises some questions. How can Satan be crushed under our feet? Surely, like in other passage in the New Testament, shouldn’t Satan should be crushed under Jesus’ feet? And how can the God of peace do smashing and crushing?
In a quarter of all the times that the Greek word translated as “crushed” here is used in the New Testament, it refers to how demonic spirits crushed people and shattered their lives, taking away their peace. However, Isaiah 53:5 and Romans 5:1 tell us that Jesus was crushed to bring us peace.
The most important thing is to have peace with God. You can have peace in the world, but you will never ever have peace with the world until Satan is crushed. To bring ultimate peace, God must finally crush Satan out of existence, and he will do it under the beautiful feel of those that proclaim the gospel (Romans 10:15; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 5:1).
That is really smashing good news!
To crush Satan under your feet, share the Gospel. When you do that, through the power of Christ, you are coming closer to the day when God will finally crush Satan forever.
How we should look forward to that day! Peace with God now, and peace everlasting to come. That really is smashing good news! – Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: It is a startling revelation that Jesus crushes Satan under his feet through our sharing of the Gospel. If we want Satan crushed and his power out of our lives, we need to be sharing the Good News with others. Is this an important part of your life? If not, make it so.
Recently I was talking to a man who is a scientist in our hotel carpark as he was checking out. The conversation got spiritual and i shared Romans 10:9-10 with him. That if you confess Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. I went and got a bible and let him read it for himself. Then i asked him if he would like to do that now. He said, no i am not ready. I said, you know that is not true. You just read the requirements yourself and you know the truth is that you are fully ready. This is what God gave me to say to him next. You are like the man who is in a dark room and you are mad and cranky because you can't do anything because you are in total darkness. You are mad and cranky because you know the electricity is connected to the room and you have paid the bill but you refuse to get up and flick the switch - you choose to stay in spiritual darkness. Just then a couple with suitcases walked into reception and i had to check them in. I said i will be back in a few minutes. When i returned to him he told me that while i was checking the people in he said the prayer and just to be sure tonight i will say the prayer again. I said to him that he never needs to say the prayer again in order to be sure. The bible says in two places that All who call upon the name of the WILL be saved. I said you just called on the name of the Lord and are now in Jesus team and no-one can take you out. You never have to question your salvation again. I think and believe that once saved it is not about how good or bad we are (even though that is important) it is about preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfilling all of our good works. Thank you Eliezer
Dec 14, 2021
What a great experience you had, Tony! Thanks for sharing it. God bless you! Eliezer