The Meaning of the Character Grace’s Name as a Symbol in the Drama, “Satan We’re Going to Tear Your Kingdom Down,” and the Power of The Blood of Jesus Christ (BCNN1’s The Gospel According to Greenleaf Podcast #2)

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Thank you for tuning in to BCNN1’s The Gospel According to Greenleaf. In this brief, weekly podcast, we will examine some of the themes of Oprah Winfrey’s new drama set in a large black church that deals with issues that all churches face. Today we will be dealing with the themes The Meaning of the character, Grace’s Name as a symbol in the drama, Satan We’re Going to Tear Your Kingdom Down & the Power of The Blood of Jesus Christ. If you know anything about BCNN1, you know that our main purpose is to spread the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by any means necessary, so that is the ultimate aim of this podcast.


In our first episode, we talked about the theme of the prodigal child, Grace Greenleaf, returning home. One of the things we didn’t touch on was the symbolism of Grace’s name, which is obviously a reference to the grace of God. Many people who may find themselves in similar situations to Grace (the character) also find themselves in need of God’s grace.

What is grace? Grace is the unmerited favor of God. “Unmerited” means that it is not deserved or warranted. God just gives it because that is the loving God He is. This grace is shown in the actions of the prodigal’s father in Jesus’ parable. The father threw a party for his son and welcomed him home despite the fact that the son had left, squandered the family’s money, and soiled the family name. The prodigal son did not deserve to be welcomed with open arms. But that is grace.

Another great aspect of the show is the songs that have been played during the end credit sequences. The song played during the first episode was one I had not heard in a long time titled “Satan, We’re Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down” by Shirley Caesar. We used to sing that song a lot in the black church in years gone by. And it carries a powerful and true message — that the kingdom of God in the world is opposed by the kingdom of Satan in the world. The lyrics to the song are as follows:

Satan, we’re gonna tear your kingdom down.
Satan, we’re gonna tear your kingdom down.
You’ve been building your kingdom all over this land.
Satan, we’re gonna tear your kingdom down.

The preachers are gonna preach your kingdom down.
The preachers are gonna preach your kingdom down.
You’ve been building your kingdom all over this land.
Satan, we’re gonna tear your kingdom down.

The deacons are gonna pray your kingdom down.
The deacons are gonna pray your kingdom down.
You’ve been building your kingdom all over this land.
Satan, we’re gonna tear your kingdom down.

The mothers are gonna moan your kingdom down.
The mothers are gonna moan your kingdom down.
You’ve been building your kingdom all over this land.
Satan, we’re gonna tear your kingdom down.

Now, while we all have a role to play in the spiritual warfare that we face, it is important to note that it is not our power that tears Satan’s kingdom down, but God’s power through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ which was shed at Calvary. Revelation 12:11 says that the saints “overcame [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb.”

Unlike some television shows that have religious themes, Greenleaf does not shy away from the real meaning behind the death of Christ. In Greenleaf, the name of the church is Calvary and in one of the first scenes, the pastor’s wife proclaimed at the dinner table loud and clear that it was the blood of Jesus Christ that saved her soul. That is something that many of us in the black church need to get back to. So many in our community think that they are saved because they were baptized, or because they have attended church all their life, or because their grandparents and parents were saved, or because they have a position of leadership in the church. But none of that saves us. The only thing that saves us is the blood of Jesus Christ. First John 1:7 says, “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

As the hymn says…

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon this I see:
nothing but the blood of Jesus.
For my cleansing this my plea:
nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone:
nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Naught of good that I have done:
nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace:
nothing but the blood of Jesus.
This is all my righteousness:
nothing but the blood of Jesus.

O precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow;
no other fount I know;
nothing but the blood of Jesus.

If you need to experience the grace of God, if you want to see Satan’s strongholds torn down in your life, then you need the blood of Jesus Christ. Allow me to show you how you can be washed in the blood of the Lamb, cleansed of your sins, and guaranteed a home in Heaven today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Now that is bad news, but here is the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

May God bless you, and I hope that you will join us next time for The Gospel According to Greenleaf.

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