The First Gospel

 The First Gospel (Genesis 3:8-19)

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

Genesis 3:15 tells us there will be:
1. Endless Conflict (Ephesians 6:12)
2. Temporary Defeat (Luke 23:46)
3. Eventual Victory (1 John 3:8; Revelation 20:10)

A. The Christian life will always be a struggle. (John 15:19)
B. Our victories will not come without wounds. (Psalm 30:5)
C. God’s plan of salvation is wrapped in a Person. (John 3:16)

The protoevangelium is the first gospel. It is the first good news. It is found in Genesis 3:15 when God first tells us that he is going to send Jesus (even though He doesn’t mention Jesus by name).

After the Fall of Man, God pronounces judgment on man for his sin. But He also offers the good news that the seed of the woman, Jesus, would crush the head of the serpent, Satan. Satan would strike Jesus on the heel, his death on the cross, but it would not be mortal as Jesus would rise from the dead. Jesus would strike back with a mortal wound to Satan by crushing his head. The protoevangelium is God’s first announcement that Jesus was coming and that Satan would be defeated.

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