The American Heritage Dictionary defines paradox as “a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless true”. Being a follower of Jesus Christ, our faith is filled with this phenomenon. Lately, it has been intriguing to me; so I thought it would be interesting to see how many I and others could come up with.
Here are some of mine with the Scripture reference. With each the NIV Life Application Study Bible is quoted:
- Being cleansed by blood, Revelation 7:13-14: “These in white robes–who are they…These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
- to live, we must die–John 11:25-26: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.”
- Matthew 10:39: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will find it.”
- surrender everything to Him to gain all, 1Tim 6:17–“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”