I’m reading a draft of a new work by my friend & mentor, Warren Gage. It looks to be maybe his best work yet. Check out this paragraph:
There was a divine mystery at work in Jesus becoming like the serpent on the cross, a fact stated directly, for Paul the apostle claimed that the wisdom of God worked through a “hidden mystery” ordained before the ages, whereby the “rulers of the age” (always a periphrasis for Satan and his demons) were tricked into their own ruin. “None of the rulers of this age understood this [God’s hidden wisdom decreed before the ages],” he wrote, “for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Cor 2:7-8). Jesus “caught the crafty by craftiness” (2 Cor 3:19) in taking his “captive” people “captive” (Eph 4:8). Jesus destroyed the work of Satan (1 John 3:8), the “crafty” serpent of Genesis, by a greater “craftiness,” by becoming a serpent, like the staff of Aaron, in order to draw away the sting of sin and swallow up the power of death (1 Cor 15:54-55).
I will be thrilled to see the finished product — I’ll post more when that happens.