THE BRAZEN SERPENT
However, do not despair if you find yourselves falling short of victory, for the conquest is yours when you see the brass (judged) serpent lifted upon the cross. It is then that his identity is known and judgment will be realized. With understanding and confidence you will know he has no power over you. At that time he shall then be rendered idle, helpless, useless, null and void — totally canceled out, if you please!
When Israel looked upon the brazen serpent in the wilderness, they did not die from the bites of the plague of serpents — they lived. They were seeing, and with faith they knew God had judged the deadly vipers and had rendered them totally helpless — their venom no longer had the power of death. Israel could see that God had taken their adversary through the fire of judgment.
In like manner, with Jesus having been lifted upon the cross, bearing our iniquity and sin (Is 53:6, 12), we can also look and see that the serpent (symbolizing iniquity & sin), who has the power of death, has been judged. When once the vipers in our minds inflicted painful death, they can now be left with no effect, for in judgment upon the cross they are rendered idle. Therefore, let us shake them off and into the fire, even as Paul did when he was shipwrecked on an island.
Death could not keep Jesus, for the traducer could find no foothold in Him at all. He came to Him but could find nothing to feed upon or to lay hold of (Jn 14:30), the carnal mind of temptations was nonexistent. Jesus took with Him the defeated foe and held him high upon the cross for the whole world to see. The cross and resurrection revealed to humanity and all spiritual powers that the end of the days of man and subtle beast had commenced.
The first man, Adam, found his end in Jesus that day, and the serpent whose diet was dust had come to an end in Jesus as well. The devil had been rendered null and void! And when anyone sees by the Spirit of revelation that God has judged that cunning beast, they can then cast him from the heavens of their own minds and live. Brethren, it is possible to live, but let us live because of the reality of life and not be deceived by wishful thinking. Most assuredly, however, until the spiritual eyes of people’s understanding are opened, wishful thinking may be all some have to hold to, but it won’t produce life. And of course, there will still be others who will be so concerned with the snake bites, they might fail to look up and see what God has done to the viper. They shall then continue on with venom in their veins; or rather, fearful imaginations in their minds.