WHAT IT MEANS TO BE UNDER CHRIST’S FEET
For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 1 Corinthians 15:25
I think we’ve got to be careful.
There are passages of scripture that foretell of the magnificent victory of God over the forces of evil, over death and the grave. We get excited when talking about Christ destroying every rule and every authority and power and that all enemies will be put under His feet.
But, these scriptures of triumph, seen as painting a picture of Christ the conqueror with His foot on the neck of the vanquished, would be glorious if it were not for one simple fact: He loves them.
While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8) – He died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6). When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God (Romans 5:10) and He washed, sanctified, and justified we who were fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). He is the Savior of all people (1 Timothy 4:10) and He is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).
God loved the world so deeply that He gave that which was dearest to Him in exchange for its righteousness. He paid the ultimate price and made the highest sacrifice to achieve the salvation of the entire world. So often, we see Christ as He stands, the victor over the very ones for whom He paid such a horrible price? Something isn’t right.
At the great white throne judgment of God all those whose names are not found in the Lamb’s book of life are cast into the lake of fire for what we are told will be an eternity of fiery torment as punishment for not believing and surrendering to Christ in repentance. Again, given the steep price that was paid, this seems to be a hallow victory, at best, given that an estimated 45 billion people, whom God loves dearly, will find themselves tormented in the lake of fire.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever… And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:10,15
A hallow victory, unless the lake of fire is a refiner’s fire and not a punitive event – unless we understand that the words “for ever and ever”, from the Greek, eis tous aionas ton aionon are better rendered, “unto the ages of the ages” and “torment” is translated from a word meaning “touchstone”, a stone used in testing refined gold and silver. It would be the complete and utter victory of God, having made peace through the blood of the cross of Christ, to reconcile all things unto himself, whether they are things in earth, or under the earth, or things in heaven (Colossians 1:20).
It certainly makes more sense of the passage that reads:
Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess [profess, acknowledge openly and joyfully] that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
Yes, that passage is saying that every tongue will acknowledge openly and joyfully that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. The Greek exomologeo, rendered “confess” means just that! This happens when God is all in all and the lake of fire is empty because the last one to be refined has surrendered and been placed under the feet of Christ.
Here, putting all enemies under His feet means to make them subject to His authority. When one king would invade another and conquer him, the people of that kingdom became the servants of the conquering king, and all the lands and goods became his property thereby expanding his kingdom.
Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became servants to David and brought gifts. And the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went. 2 Samuel 8:6
Scripture often uses the image of enemies being under the feet of Christ and that they would be made His footstool. (See Matthew 5:35; 22:44; Acts 2:35; Hebrews 1:13; 10:13) But, heaven is God’s throne and the earth is His footstool.
Thus says the LORD, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest?” (Isaiah 66:1 and quoted again in Acts 7:49)
David was not allowed to build a house for the Lord because he was a man of war. He intended to build a house for the ark of the covenant and for a footstool for our God. (1 Chronicles 28:2-3) The Temple is also referred to as God’s footstool in Psalm 132:7.
So, the earth, Christ’s enemies and the Temple have all been called God’s footstool. Luke Kessler, in a post to the Secret Evangel entitled, Make Peace with Jesus asked, “What does [this] mean, that God will find a resting place in His enemies?” His answer comes in a discussion about what it means for Christ to put His enemies under His feet. God will make His enemies a footstool for His feet, but His footstool is His Temple (we are the temple of the living God), where He will rest, for His enemies will become part of His dwelling place. In the end, God will be all in all.
And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:28
The universal reconciliation of all things is the plan of God for all His creation.