Genuine biblical faith is rejected by the world. Everything about faith that is defined in biblical terms is rejected by worldly conventional normalcy and thinking…for the most logical, rational, and understandable reasons when broken down in terms of absolute goodness and brilliant, pure spiritual light…when illustrated using a graduated vertical graph-line continuum with absolute goodness and pure light at the top…with light dimming and goodness decreasing as we descend down this vertical graph-line.
This analysis is extremely important for Spirit-born Christians in the end-times because it breaks down and differentiates the basic issues between following God versus going our own way in self-sovereign self-rulership…sitting atop the thrones of our lives as junior gods that we do not have the created capacity to sustain.
The down-the-center truth that will liberate today’s Spirit-born Christian for all eternity goes straight back to the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ…as it should. The rejection component by worldly conventional thinking that sent Jesus to the cross as the intermediary Lamb of God sacrifice for our sins…is counterbalanced by the glorious resurrection of Jesus by God the Father three days later…telling us how important this enormous gulf…this fundamental contrast between worldly rejection one day and divine resurrection three days later…is in the mind, heart, thinking, and judgment of God.
If Spirit-born Christians today are to clearly grasp our calling, mission, tone, tenor, and spiritual vision in our gospel outreach to the unsaved in the upcoming tumultuous environment of the end-times…we must understand the rejection component of pure biblical faith in balance with God the Father’s emphatic validation of Jesus as demonstrated in the glorious resurrection of Jesus that transformed the early Christian disciples into fearless evangelists whose message “turned upside-down” the first-century world (Acts 17:6).
Hebrews 13:12-14 reads: “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”
The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:18…”For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
In Acts 14:22, again Paul tells the newly converted Christian believers in Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch Pisidia: “that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
The apostle James tells us: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into various trials; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing” (Jas. 1:2-4).
In other words…God-guided trials move Spirit-born Christians upward on the vertical graph-line continuum…through biblical faith experiences…closer to brilliant pure light and absolute goodness at the top of the scale.
The apostle Peter instructs us from his own first-hand experience: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Pet. 4:12-13).
The quick summary to all of this is that as non-divine, created beings, we are incapable of existing at the very top of the vertical graph-line, graduated scale of absolute goodness and brilliant pure light…like God…even when we were in the neutral, unfallen as-yet condition in the Garden of Eden. Humans have never possessed the divine capacity to be perfect moral beings.
Satan did not create the Garden of Eden. He did not create the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan did not create the reality of the vertical graph-line continuum that separates on a graduated scale the possibility for absolute moral goodness at the top…and the absence of goodness descending down this line. Evil is not a separate, independent entity. Satan falls somewhere down this graph-line…on the graph-line…not apart from it.
When Satan tempts Adam and Eve in the Garden…he is making an argument…crafting a clever lie…that is on the vertical graph-line. The rejection of Jesus Christ culminating in the cross on Calvary Hill…occurs way down this graph-line…at a specific point where goodness and light are very dim. The resurrection of Jesus three days later occurs at the very top of God the Father’s acceptance and validation of Jesus…at the top point of the graph-line at absolute goodness and brilliant pure light.
The gap on this vertical graph-line is real. Non-divine, created human beings need God. We were created to have fellowship with God. The narrative stories of faith recorded in the Bible are there for the highest reasons. They tell us about the redemptive works of God to bring us back into a relationship with Him. The narrative stories of faith in the Bible instruct us as to the nature of biblical faith…that operates within this gap on the vertical graph-line between where we are when we start within our journey of faith…and where God wants to take us…through divinely composed situations and scenarios that are above worldly conventional normalcy and thinking on this vertical scale…and thus above and beyond our ability to imagine or contrive.
For me this is an incredibly important apologetic argument for the divine origin of the Bible, and the need for Christians today to take up their cross and follow Jesus into their individual journeys of faith.