Brother Travis Bryan III notes: "Yes, the cross is paradoxically and counter-intuitively the only vehicle of victory but it appears to the natural eye to be a vehicle of defeat. When we "take up the cross daily" (Luke 9:23-24), we take up the vehicle of victory. The only authentic place of rulership and transcendence is nailed to the tree. We "reign from the tree" as Ps 96:10a used to read before a copier of the received text decided to delete "from the tree" because it seemed so absurd to him that a ruler could rule from such a throne as the tree of crucifixion.
The flesh sees the cross as failure, weakness, and a foolish surrender to defeat. The flesh says it is nuts to "present your bodies as a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1)." Only the eye of the Spirit has the light to see the cross as the vehicle of victory. Example, the world says, "How can turning the other cheek, absorbing the enemy's blows and "resist not evil" be the way to victory over evil?" Matt 5:38-48. How can loving enemies eventually turn them into our friends? How can our enemies be our ushers who take us deeper down into Christ?
The flesh says in battle, "We need a troop surge to defeat evil not a troop reduction. Troop reduction is crazy." See troop reduction by Gideon in Judges 6 and 7.
God tramples on His enemies, not with retaliatory violence, but by letting them in love trample on Him. Is 63:1-6. Thus the Vehicle of Victory co-opts Satan in bringing him to his defeat and our victory. This is foolishness to the natural mind. 1 Cor 1:17 to end of chapter 2."
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