It is good for us, as born again Christians, to understand the root of the enmity that exists between those who know the Lord, and those who do not. Understanding, and being prepared, may prevent us from being devastated when this enmity raises it’s ugly head. The root of the enmity is revealed in the pages of Scripture. This enmity exists between believers and unbelievers. Scripture declares it to be so, and there can be no debate about what Scripture has declared to be true.
0342. ‘eybah, ay-baw’
from 340; hostility: – enmity, hatred.
See Hebrew 0340 (‘ayab)
0340. ‘ayab, aw-yab’
a primitive root; to hate (as one of an opposite tribe or party); hence to be hostile: – be an enemy.
(Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary)
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
John Wesley’s Notes:
A perpetual quarrel is here commenced between the kingdom of God, and the kingdom of the devil among men; … between the seed of the woman, and the seed of the serpent, …
It is the fruit of this enmity,
(1.) That there is a continual conflict . . . Heaven and hell can never be reconciled, no more can Satan and a sanctified soul.
(2.) That there is likewise a continual struggle between the wicked and the good. And all the malice of persecutors against the people of God is the fruit of this enmity, which will continue while there is a godly man on this side heaven, and a wicked man on this side hell.