God’s Promised Provision
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 NKJV
Every since Adam and Eve fell in the Garden, God’s priority has been to seek and save the lost. God’s first promise ever made was to send a Savior, i.e., the Seed of the woman, and the Savior would make a way. God’s promised provision was: (1) a woman would have a Son; (2) the Son would destroy Satan; (3) Satan would bruise the heel (body) of the women’s Son. After Jesus’ atoning death and resurrection, God gave the world the His promised provision, the protevangel—the first Gospel!
A provision is a supply for a need or that which is prepared beforehand. The prophet Isaiah foresaw the coming of Jesus proclaiming God’s provision (Isa. 61:1). God’s promised provision is the Gospel (Mark 16:15-16). “And this [promised provision] of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matt. 24:14). God’s promised provision was to leave no lost soul behind.
But, how lost sinners respond to the Gospel makes the difference between salvation and damnation. Some will accept the provision, placing their faith in God; others will reject it to their own peril. “The [provision] is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation . . . Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Rom. 10:8-11).
It is the responsibility of believers to proclaim, announce, and bear witness to the truth of God’s provision to the lost (Rom. 10:13-15). Believers must see themselves as faithful stewards of the message of the Gospel (1 Cor. 1:1-2), and never be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus’ atoning death and resurrection (Rom. 1:16). “As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things” (Isa. 52:7; Rom. 10:15).