What if “do not be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good” [Romans 12:21] was more than a platitude or command to not sin? What if it is actually a command to advance God’s kingdom and glory until the whole world is transformed by them?
Our eschatology [what we believe about the end times] definitively shapes our world view and our role in it. What I mean by this is this ~
What I believe about the end of the world [the actual end of the world or my personal end on the world] will determine my effort to transform it. If I believe my efforts to transform the world are futile because the devil is going to wreck it, or worse that God is going to burn it up, then what is the point in the sacrifice of my time, talent, money, or possibly even my life.
What if Jesus really is going to present to Himself a glorious church [bride] [Ephesians 5:27]? What would that look like? What would you look like?
What if Jesus really is going to complete what He has begun in us [His people] [Philippians 1:6]? Again, what will that and you look like?
What if Jesus really is not returning until all of His enemies have been made a footstool for His feet [Psalm 110:1; Luke 20:41-43; Acts 2:32-36; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Hebrews 1:13]? If this is true then how should we live?
If this is true then what is our role in bringing the enemies [plural] of God into total submission to Him [a place for God to rest His feet]?
Both the Hebrew and Greek words for footstool, depending on the verse it is used in, means to stomp on, to subject, and to vanquish.
We see a type of this in Joshua 10:24. To place one’s foot on the neck of another person was to bring great insult upon them. It was also a sign of complete domination. It is interesting that Joshua did not place his feet upon his enemies necks. He had the commanders [chiefs] of his army, those representative of the rest of the army do it. These commanders were the ones who understood they had authority and utilized it in battle.
Oh my! I hope you got that revelation. There are so many wonderful yet deceived Christians that are waiting for Jesus to come back to earth and stomp on that dastardly devil. Friends, that is not going to happen. Jesus gave His followers both power and authority to deal with the devil and his followers [human and not human]. He has not changed His command nor His expectation.
It is time for the warrior Bride of Christ to arise, work hard, and expect the fruit of all their hard labor to have a permanent effect on the earth.
For HIS Glory!
Dr. Kevin M. Drury