Bible. This world. Craftiness
The Crafty Serpent is the Prince of this World
The Serpent's Crafty Question: “Did God actually say?…”
1 Now the serpent was more subtil
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: Jhn 8, 44. 2Co 11, 3.
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Srh 25, 24. 1Ti 2, 14.
27 Peace (ειρηνην) I leave with you, my peace (ειρηνην την εμην) I give unto you: not as the world (ο κοσμος) giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Phl 4, 7.
30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh (ο του κοσμου τουτου αρχων), and hath nothing in me. Jhn 12, 31. Jhn 16, 11.
The ability to use craftiness in this world
The sick person had an infirmity 38 years.
Question:“Do you want to be healthy?”
Healing: “Get up, take your bed and go.” And he immediately recovered, and took his bed and went.
Question:“Who is the Man Who told you: take your bed and go?”
The healed man did not answer the question asked earlier and did not even mention about taking his bed on Saturday: he went and betrayed Jesus to the Jews saying that Jesus has healed him.
Nevertheless, everyone understood each other: And the Jews began to persecute Jesus and sought to kill Him…
According to John the Apostle, this marked the beginning of the persecution of Jesus.
5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. Jer 17, 22.
11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
Jesus Christ might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father
3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: Mat 20, 28. Luk 1, 74.
5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.