Genesis 3:15: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
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.
Immediately after “the fall” into sin by Adam and Eve God proclaims that He will defeat the serpent (Satan Revelation 12:9; 20:2) with a crushing blow-“bruise thy head.” Christ, “the seed of the woman,” will suffer in the defeat by having his own heel bruised. This promise of God has been called by theologians the protoevangelium or first gospel.
The New Testament gives greater clarity by detailing Christ’s victory by suffering for our sins and rising from the dead for our justification (Romans 4:25). In Romans, Paul alludes to the first promise of Genesis 3:15. But Paul not only focuses on the past victory but the future consummation of that victory when Satan is permanently destroyed. As the Roman Christians contemplated Christ’s victory for them the truth was a vehicle or a means by which God’s grace was with them-“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
Today, we also are to view the truth of the gospel and experience grace that strengthens, sanctifies, emboldens, and assures us. The means of grace for discipleship is not through “spiritual osmosis” but rather through the enriching study and meditation of Christ’s victory over sin, Satan, and death for us.
Come, Desire of nations, come, Fix in us Thy humble home; Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed, Bruise in us the serpent’s head.