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The Seed of the Serpent

Genesis 3:
14 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.
God spoke these words just after Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden. The entire human race had just denied God. They rejected their Creator and became Satan’s servants. From this point on, every child born in the world was born into bondage to Satan. This was Satan’s great victory. He undermined God’s plan for a Christian world and brought the entire human race under his exclusive control. The seed of the woman, his great opponent, had not yet been created; the world was his oyster to do with as he wished. All mankind were now his seed, the seed of the Serpent; he dominated them spiritually and controlled their thinking (1 Cor. 2:14; 2 Cor. 4:4).
Life for Satan was relatively easy for the next few thousand years; there was some opposition from Abraham’s children but nothing that couldn’t be dealt with relatively easily. Then came the Incarnation and suddenly, just when he thought he had won the battle against the Son, he saw that Christ’s atoning death on the cross actually spelled his final doom. It did so by bringing into being the seed of the woman, the body that God had said would bruise (or crush) his head. This new body, the body of Christ, constituted a segment of humanity that was not under Satan’s control. They were released from his dominion; they were empowered by the Holy Spirit and Satan knew they would eventually defeat him.
Satan knew this but continued in his rebellion against God. His attempts, though, to discredit the newborn faith through the Pharisees and through various false teachings were insufficient to stop the growth of this opposing seed that the Son had planted. It grew and grew in nation after nation until it dominated the entire western world. Europe became Christendom and things began to take on a dire appearance.
But Satan didn’t give up; he had his people mixed in with the opposition and was able to get enough of them into positions of authority to be able to dictate church policy. He and his minions managed to put in place doctrines that limited Christ’s authority to the church and it’s circle of influence. This was another great victory; it left the rest of the world under his control. The power of the woman’s seed (Christians) was now limited to evangelism. Their attempts to obey Christ’s commandment to establish godly order and godly rule outside the boundaries of the church were frustrated by the church itself. Man’s law (under Satan’s control) displaced God’s law and the results of evangelistic activity were easily undermined by the immoral, godless society in which the new converts were immersed.
Corruption within the church increased to the point that the Reformation was an inevitable consequence. Another setback for the evil one but no matter, the Reformers, almost as a body, did nothing to alter the established order outside the church. It was still man’s law and not God’s law that ruled the nations. This is still the case today; Christians are limited by false theologies to a purely evangelistic program, one that cannot crush Satan’s head and he is still ahead in the struggle for men’s souls.
God’s word, though, cannot be broken; a day will come when the seed of the woman (Christians) will be faithful to Christ’s Great Commission. They will crush the head of the Serpent and a defeated Satan will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10).
For more on this subject, please see the article, “The Seed of the Woman.”