Full Circle

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 16:17-24

The God of peace will shortly crush Satan under your feet. (v. 20)

I love reading stories about people, whether biography or fiction. I especially love reading stories where, when I come to the end, I get a sense of completion – that nothing is left hanging or unresolved.

The entire Bible is essentially one story. It begins with creation, including the creation of Adam and Eve. They fall into sin in the Garden of Eden. The rest of the story describes God’s plan of redemption, and it ends in a new garden in the New Jerusalem.

This story has a war component. It was the serpent who drew Adam and Eve into sin by temptation, and God promised that someday his head would be crushed. Jesus gave a crushing blow to Satan at his resurrection, when he defeated the powers of sin and death. But the war isn’t over. As Paul makes plain in Ephesians 6, we continue to struggle not against flesh and blood but against “the wiles of the devil . . . against the cosmic powers of this present darkness.”

But soon the story will come full circle; God’s promise of the ultimate defeat of Satan in Genesis 3:15 will be fulfilled. God will crush Satan for the final time. Hallelujah! I can hardly wait!

PRAYER

God, we look forward to that time when Satan’s power will be finally crushed by Jesus. Amen.