Most of my articles are thematic, and this time my focus is on the Seed.
Who is the Seed? Well, of course, He is our Lord Jesus Christ! He is spoken of by God in Genesis 3:15 when He says,“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel,”’
God was speaking to the serpent in the Garden of Eden, and because of his evil deception that led both Adam and Eve to sin (2 Corinthians 11:3), God made it plain that He would set at odds the offspring of the serpent [the seed] and the offspring of Eve [the Seed]. He determined that at a predestined time the ‘seed’ of the serpent would ‘bruise’ the heel of the ‘Seed’, and the ‘Seed’ would ‘bruise’ the head of the ‘seed’. The more incapacitating bruising would be to the head of the ‘seed’, i.e., the head of satan, and that bruising would be inflicted by Jesus.
We see this bruising at Calvary (Luke 23:33). Prior to the crucifixion the serpent, whose seed is satan, was at work. He entered Judas (Luke 22:3), who then wilfully betrayed Jesus (v 48). Jesus was hung on a tree (Galatians 3:13) and became a curse; He suffered and died to atone for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). His Father raised Him to life (Acts 10:40) on the third day, and satan was overcome. Death through Adam’s sin was defeated (1 Corinthians 15:50-56). Furthermore, by the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2) satan had no sway over those who were given the gift of eternal life through Him (John 3:3-8). Those who are given this new life are spiritually raised in Christ (Ephesians 2:4-6), and at the resurrection they will be like Him with spiritual bodies (Romans 8:11; 1 John 3:2). Indeed, they will be in Him (Ephesians 1:4), who is the Seed.
The cross marked that most significant, and pivotal point in history, when the ‘seed’ with a small ’s’ was overthrown by the ‘Seed’ with a big ’S’. From that time onwards the seed’s power was vastly curtailed. However, he whom the Scriptures identify as ‘the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2)’, still roams the earth (1 Peter 5:8), causing misery, pain and suffering, but his demonic reign will come to an end (Revelation 20:10).
The Victory of the Seed
How long does satan have? No one knows (Mark 13:32), except it will be when Jesus returns to the earth to do away with him and his cohorts (Revelation 20:10). He and all who have not repented of their sins and continue to rebel against God will be consigned to Hell (Revelation 20:11-15), where they will rightfully (Romans 1:32) suffer for evermore. The Scriptures tell us that the Lord is not wanting anyone to perish in this way; therefore He patiently waits for all of His elect to be saved (2 Peter 3:9). We know the end of this earth will come after the Seed’s thousand year reign (Revelation 20:6), which some believe is the present time (Galatians 1:4). Near the end of time there will be a hardening of the majority who will align themselves with satan (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12), but many Jews will turn to Jesus and be saved (Romans 11:25-27).
This will be followed by the war of Armageddon which Jesus will win (Revelation 16:16; 19:17-21). This final war to end all wars will see evil overcome. There will be no more death (Revelation 21:4), no more disobedience, no more hate; only the love of God forevermore to be experienced by the Seed (Romans 9:8) of Jesus, i.e., those who love and worship Him and who are in His Son (2 Corinthians 1:19-22):
‘For you are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ. For as many of you as were baptised into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are *Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:26-29)’.
*The legal lineage of Jesus was from Abraham through King David and Joseph, the husband of Mary (Matthew 1:1-16). Christians are of the seed of Abraham through faith (Romans 4:13-25).