Romans 16:20: And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Now one feature of this wholeness was spiritual prosperity, the overcoming of evil, and thus Paul can speak of God in terms of peace when he says that God is at war with the evil one. Part of the true concept of peace is that of defeating evil, and that is what the God of peace does. Paul is not praying that God will defeat evil but prophesying that he will in fact do this; this is a prophecy, not a prayer. Notice that it is God who does the crushing, but that Satan ends up under the feet of believers. The metaphor is a vivid one and looks for the complete triumph of the Christian. 1
- Read James 4:7
- What are the two things you must do in order to win spiritual battles?
Lord, keep me from the evil one.
1. Morris, L. (1988). The Epistle to the Romans. Grand Rapids, MI; Leicester, England: W.B. Eerdmans; Inter-Varsity Press.