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The Seed of the Woman versus Satan

The devil is going to lose his grip. The tide is turning in the war with Satan:

“Then the dragon was angry with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus” (Revelation 12:17).

There is a clear demarcation between sides. Saluted by an angel as “full of grace,” the image is one of perpetual opposition to the serpent or dragon. The great fight has begun and the war will be won in Christ. Her spiritual children, the saints and martyrs, will offer themselves along with Christ in this warfare between powers and principalities.

This opposition between Satan and the seed of the woman, Christ, is indicative of the opposition between good and evil. Christianity does not really speak of metaphorical clashes between bad and good, life and death, sin and grace. As with the term of our faith and salvation itself, this tension is real and personal. We are not envisioning any kind of oriental principles or forces. Further, there is no equality or balance between good and evil. Whatever scenario is played out, the game is fixed.

The ultimate winner will always be God.

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