Pride's a deceitful, insidious thing and its roots run far deeper than anyone is consciously aware of, deep, deep down into the subconscious mind. Coupled with vanity and selfish ambition, it forms the ego, or the instinctual awareness of the self-conscious beast of "the flesh", that leads a person to sin.
It's the ego (instinctual self), that thinks there's a hierarchy to climb in God's kingdom. It blinds everyone to the truth, the way and the life (true way of life) in His eternal presence, realm and reality of absolute, undying, virtuous and majestic, true love, which isn't governed and ruled by a religious, empirical hierarchy, as so many who are governed and ruled by their instinctual nature and characteristics, so blindly (ignorantly) believe.
The hierarchy is an illusion, that God uses to test the hearts and minds, for the characteristic, tell-tale spots of the pride, vanity and selfish ambition (ego), of "the flesh", and how the carnal mind of "the flesh", instinctively swells and is so proud of itself, over little scraps of knowledge (bread) and understanding (wine).
Yet His truth, way and life (true way of eternal life), literally and absolutely, SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING and is beyond everyone's wildest imagination, and any and all dark shadows of doubt and thoughts that have their Source In Negativity (SIN).
His kingdom is governed and ruled by the Holy Ghost, the supernatural presence of His divine nature and characteristics of absolute, true love and virtuousness (righteousness), which flows through/within the hearts and minds of all who LIVE in His eternal presence, realm and reality, and governs and dictates their EVERY thought, word and deed, according to His true love's absolute holiness, peacefulness, gracefulness and graciousness, with absolute equanimity, humility and cooperativeness, without the slightest care in the world, like a little child-at-heart, though far from childish.
It's the supernatural presence of His absolute love and virtuousness, in absolute, supernatural power and glory, that makes every character in His eternal presence, realm and reality, that of an absolutely perfect gentleman (king) or gentlewoman (queen), of absolute, true love (a TRUE saint), in the TRUE likeness (image) of the character of Christ, the fruit of His divine nature and characteristics, of absolute, undying, virtuous and majestic, true love.
Let those who HAVE the ears to hear and eyes to see, get the picture... Though very, very few, ever get it clearly, because their minds are so clouded with the pride, vanity, envy, selfish ambition, lust, desire for creature comforts and fear for survival of "the flesh", and blemished/darkened with worldly thoughts, cares, concerns, desires, hopes and dreams.
But the natural (instinctual) man does not receive the things of the Spirit (nature and characteristics) of God (absolute love), for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually (supernaturally) discerned.1 Corinthians 2:14
Oh to be a child-at-heart, though far from childish, free of every spot of pride, vanity, selfish ambition, lust, desire for creature comforts and fear for survival, and the blemish of worldly cares, concerns, desires, hopes and dreams, and able to cooperate with one another, with absolute love and virtuousness. If only we could, what a world it would be, absolutely heavenly...
You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”George Bernard Shaw