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VICTORY

November 19, 2015

Thursday

 

Romans 16:20

 

And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

 

 

LESSON

 

“Satan” is behind all evil ultimately, under God’s sovereignty. God desires “peace” among His people, not the antagonism that some in the church who chose to follow Satan’s spokesmen would create. “Soon” does not imply that Jesus Christ would return soon necessarily. Paul meant that the Roman Christians would frustrate Satan’s work among them, soon, when they rejected the false teachers. His terminology suggests that he had Genesis 3:15 in mind. Paul’s benediction magnified God’s grace, as does this whole epistle. Usually such a benediction signaled the end of a Pauline letter, but the apostle had more to communicate in this instance.

We looked into the Botanical Gardens at Rome, and saw a leopard walking to and from upon the terrace. He appeared to be quite loose, but we were morally certain that he was chained in some way. We saw no chain, but we were as much at ease as if we could, because we were sure there must be one somewhere. So is it with Satan, affliction, temptation or trial — there is a Divine restraint upon them; whether we see it or not, the tether is there. Let us trust and not be afraid. God will take in the enemy a link or two if he becomes too malicious. Dread not the foe, but bless God for the chain. – C. H. Spurgeon.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 11:4

 

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