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.

Jesus Christ is called The Prince of Peace. When peace is spoken of amongst the saints of God, it usually is within the context of our relationship with Him, as we see in Romans 5:1: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our peace with God this morning is 100% through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is our peace. Because He is our peace, we can rest in Him.

But there is a manifestation of peace that is militant. Not all aspects of peace are what you and I would call passive. Read our verse again, dear ones. The God of peace, Jesus Christ, shall bruise Satan under the feet of His church. The God of peace is a bruiser? Absolutely! “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8b)

The primary purpose of Jesus coming was to bear our sins on His cross and in doing so, provide reconciliation for us and bring us into fellowship with The Father. But this glorious gospel of peace takes on a militant form when the church is told to have “your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:15) Thus, proclaiming the gospel of peace is part of our armor. Being a peacemaker and proclaiming the gospel are not meant to be passive, but active parts of the Christian life.

Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, was anything but passive. He both spoke and acted as He heard and saw His Father say and do. As His followers, we are to imitate Him, listening to God and obeying Him. As you begin your day, make sure that your feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Go forth today with a confidence in God’s peace abiding in you and working through you, that will one day crush Satan under your feet. Selah