Basket of Figs

Published 2002-4

Bud Powell

Trinity Covenant RCUS, Colorado Springs


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The Impossible Dream


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.  Gen. 3:15


This promise is the foundational promise of Scripture, the foundation in history of the Covenant of Grace.  It is a promise that has no condition, a promise that Jesus would come to put away sin.  Although spoken to Satan, who had beguiled the woman and brought sin into the world, the words are a promise to Adam and Eve and to all their descendants.


What is often missed is the phrase, “I will put enmity between…thy seed and her seed.”  The seed of the woman is Jesus, the Son of God, and those who believe in Him.  The seed of the serpent are those who do the works of the devil, works of hatred and deceit, as Jesus told us in John 8:44.


The most interesting thing is the source of the enmity.  It comes from God Himself.  There can never be peace between the seed of the serpent and the seed of Christ, because the enmity comes from God Himself.


The modern world thinks it can unite opposites, and bring peace between God and the devil.  Some even think that opposites are united in the mind of God, in spite of the biblical truth that God cannot deny Himself.  This is the main reason for sloppiness in doctrine and life, for how can truth be known if both a truth and its denial can both be true?


If September 11 taught us anything, it is that evil cannot be pacified by good feelings and beaming smiles.  There are people who hate righteousness and hate righteous people.  That hatred is even greater if the righteousness is perceived to be hypocritical.  But even the hatred of hypocrites has at its roots the hatred of righteousness, because no distinction is made between hypocrisy and weakness.


For several generations, proud and arrogant religious leaders have tried to persuade Americans that there is really no difference between religions, that they are all just various paths to the same god.  It wasn’t and isn’t true, but people could accept it, feel good and warm about themselves, as if they were open-minded and full of love and kindness.  Those who believed that Christ is the only savior were called arrogant and proud and narrow.  It was an old trick of the devil: accuse your opponent of what you are yourself, just as Satan accused God of using manipulative words.


If peace could come so easily, the death of Christ was a monstrous waste.  After September 11, maybe America will have a second look at the subject.


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