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Romans 16 – Hold Out Faith and Patience

I’ve been reading through the book of Romans again with some friends. Haven’t posted, but thanks for the emails asking if I was still reading daily!

I felt today’s reading was of interest, so here goes:

20The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. – Romans 16:20 (NIV)
20The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. – Romans 16:20 (NAS)
20The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. – Romans 16:20 (NLT)
20And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. – Romans 16:20 (KJV)

Something I noticed today is the word “your” in the sentence in verse 20. I checked it out in several translations. They all use the word “your”.

I noticed Peter writes: “God” will crush satan under “your” feet. Not “we” would crush satan under “our” feet, or even “God” would crush satan under “His” feet. Do you see the difference?

God will crush satan with OUR feet! That has a certain special meaning for me!

Check out Matthew Henry’s commentary on this verse:
“The blessing the apostle expects from God, is victory over Satan. This includes all designs and devices of Satan against souls, to defile, disturb, and destroy them; all his attempts to keep us from the peace of heaven here, and the possession of heaven hereafter. When Satan seems to prevail, and we are ready to give up all as lost, then will the God of peace interpose in our behalf. Hold out therefore, faith and patience, yet a little while. If the grace of Christ be with us, who can prevail against us?”

Love that last sentence: Hold out faith and patience, yet a little while.

peace,
e

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