The devil did not shift over from the vertical graph-line continuum of goodness and spiritual light…and start a new movement. All of the fundamental issues of right and wrong…good and evil…light and darkness…fall on this vertical graph-line. All attitudes, beliefs, and actions can be placed on the vertical spectrum line of goodness and light.
Everything is debatable and arguable within the scheme of its eternal application and outcome.
What is highly esteemed in worldly conventional normalcy and thinking…is not what is in actuality…in reality…moral traits and attitudes that will produce and sustain peace, joy, love, truth, justice, fairness, and genuine satisfaction for an eternity of time (Lk. 16:15).
“Me, myself, and I”…the self-validating pursuit of the outward appearance of worldly success…in competition and in relative comparison to others…is the diametric opposite to the gospel message that originates in the self-sacrificing humility of the cross (Phil. 2:5-8).
John 15:13 reads: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Within the life-script of Jesus of Nazareth…the laying down of His life for His friends is central…is the pinnacle event…integral within His story.
Within every biblical narrative story of faith…we can see an element of self-sacrifice…of the cross of Christ integral within the storyline…in some measure the laying down of the person of faith’s life for the sake of his current friends…or unknown future friends down through the centuries of history.
When we enter into our God-composed journey of faith…when we pick up our cross to follow Jesus Christ…contrary to the expectations and allurement of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking (Heb. 11:24-26)…by the brilliantly insightful and forward thinking of God…we are experiencing the exercise of self-sacrificing love at the highest possible level…the giving up of our lives for our friends.
This is how God can say to Spirit-born Christians walking within their journey of faith life-script: “When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day” (2 Thes. 1:10).
This reality is a divine work of God and another apologetic argument for the divine origin of the Bible. As part of a sustained purpose and meaning for life…it will not be found anywhere in other religions, philosophies, or worldviews. It is barely even recognized or understood within Christianity.
That God could insert this critical yet hidden element of the love contained within the cross of Christ…into the narrative stories of faith in the Bible…and into our Christian lives today…unheralded and unrecognized by worldly conventional normalcy and thinking that professes to value love yet disdains the one and only true avenue to experience it…a God-composed adventure of faith…illuminates our understanding of 1 Corinthians 2:6-12, Matthew 7:13-14, Daniel 12:10, and John 15:18-27.