Posted by: SandreS | January 1, 2010

The Overcoming of Evil with Good

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

God’s plan and purpose for His universe ultimately will be to overcome all evil – all of His adversaries – with good. In God’s plan to “reconcile all things unto Himself,” He will not accomplish His work in Satan, the fallen celestial powers, and the greater part of mankind until the final judgment (the divine turning point) of the “Lake of Fire.”

At that time they will finally and gloriously be under the righteous dominion of the Church (ecclesia), the Body of Christ, as we shall judge the world and angels (I Corinthians 6:1-3), with Satan under our dominion.

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).

This is an enlightening verse indeed. The word “bruise” is Strong’s Greek Lexicon #4937, suntribo, which, interestingly enough, is rendered by the King James Version translators in Luke 4:18 as “brokenhearted.” The word “feet” is Strong’s Greek Lexicon #4228, pous, which is rendered by the King James Version translators in Matthew 5:35 as “footstool,” denoting dominion. Even more interesting is that pous is also translated right here in the book of Romans as the phrase “are the feet of them”:

… How beautiful are the feet of them who preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:15).

Satan will be “brokenhearted” under the “footstool” (i.e., the righteous dominion of Christ’s Body) – under the “feet of them who preach the gospel [good news] of peace.”

Little wonder, then, that Paul begins Romans 16:20, “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan …” Paul did not say “And the God of wrath shall …” for Satan (“the Adversary”) and the fallen celestial powers will no longer be alienated enemies. Having been used of God to fulfill His elementary purpose, they will be restored to the willing, humble service of thanksgiving to God. Then, because “Satan” will be at peace with God, his title of “Adversary” (“Satan”) will no longer apply.

As C.S. Lewis wrote,

The greatest surprise for Satan will occur when he learns that he has been perfectly doing the will of God all along. Just as God used Pharaoh in his defiance for His Own purpose, so He has used Satan.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2008, 2010

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