John Gill (November 23, 1697 – October 14, 1771) was a renowned English Baptist pastor, biblical scholar, and theologian. Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, he attended Kettering Grammar School where he mastered the Latin classics and learned Greek by age 11.
In 1748, Gill was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of Aberdeen. He was a profound scholar and a prolific author. He pastored the same church that Charles Spurgeon would later pastor.
He wrote in 1700s:
And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
“The person spoken of in Genesis 3:15 is called the seed of the woman – and not of the man – which can agree with no other than the Messiah, who was to be born of a virgin, which was afterwards more clearly revealed by Isaiah 7:14 (“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel”). This was fulfilled in Jesus, who was truly the seed of the woman and of her only, being made of a woman and not begotten by man. He was conceived in the womb of the virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The work he was to do deserves consideration and proves the person spoken of to be the Messiah, which was to bruise the serpent’s head – that is, to destroy Satan and all his works, set aside all his craft and cunning, crush all his machinations and designs, and overturn his whole empire. Now, this is frequently spoken of in the Old Testament, as the Messiah’s work.”