Becoming the Devil

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Ambrose Andreano

To become Christ, one must be willing to become the devil.

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For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Cor 5:21)

What does it mean for Christ to be made sin? Listen to the scriptures saying how Christ “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”[1] And again the text says how Christ, in the image of Joseph, “made himself strange to them.”[2] I see this strangeness when I read, “Jesus was clothed in stained garments.”[3] And what are these stained garments He made for Himself except the perception of weakness by those who cannot see, as well as the weakness of human nature for which it is said “he made him a coat of many colors.”[4] These colors are those various points of temptations which Christ, our high priest, has endured in the flesh. Christ has lived the full spectrum of human experience, as scripture declares, “we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”[5]

Anyone who has been elevated to the virtuous state in which sin is known no more must therefore become sin. The spotlessness of the Lamb is made manifest to all of us in His willingness to become the serpent. Christ willingly became one to whom it was falsely said, "This fellow doth not cast out devils but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils."[6] The Lord says, “If any will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”[7] However, becoming a serpent to the eyes of the blind, and taking up the cross of a serpent is to be burned by false judgments and tormented by the unquenchable fire of love. Taking up the cross of a devil is to be anathematized and abandoned by your own people. The very people you love and have worked tirelessly to save. This is why the text says elsewhere, “Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.”[8] We who have been bitten by such fiery accusations can find life in the example of Christ.

To manifest a fully formed Christ within us,[9] one must become a blasphemer to the wicked. The innocent must become a murderer to the eyes of murderers. The means by which one makes themselves of no reputation is to be silent before The Accuser,[10] like a lamb led to the slaughter,[11] accepting the mistaken accusations of the wicked without correction. Christ is revealed in His divinity through His humility shown in His willingness to become the heretic, being lifted up and crucified on, as the text says, “a chariot of wood.”[12] This chariot of wood is nothing else but the chariot of fire, that wilderness to which we are led by the Spirit[13] and baptized in accordance with the scriptures saying, "he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire."[14]

Therefore, for us to be made to be sin in imitation of our Lord, and for us to become one with Christ, we must be willing to become the devil.

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[1] Philippians 2:7.
[2] Genesis 42:7.
[3] Zechariah 3:3.
[4] Genesis 37:3.
[5] Hebrews 4:15.
[6] Matthew 12:24.
[7] Matthew 16:24.
[8] Numbers 21:8.
[9] cf. Galatians 4:19.
[10] cf. Revelation 12:10.
[11] cf. Isaiah 53:7.
[12] Song of Songs 3:9.
[13] Matthew 4:1.
[14] Matthew 3:11.


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