7 bible paradoxes

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There are several paradox statements by Jesus.

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7 bible paradoxes

  1. 1. 7 Bible Paradoxes
  2. 2. Paradox ● A paradox is a statement that apparently contradicts itself and yet might be true. (From Wikipedia) ● Something (such as a situation) that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible (From Merriam- Webster Dictionary)
  3. 3. 1 – Exalted through Humility ● James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. ● The way UP is DOWN. ● To be great, we must learn to serve.
  4. 4. 2 – Strong through Weakness ● 2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ● When we are strong – We think God is not important or needed. ● When we are weak – We know how much we depend on God.
  5. 5. 3 – Receive through Giving ● Acts 20:35 I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' ● The giver gets more than the recipient ● The gift may last a short time ● The feeling of giving lasts a long time
  6. 6. 4 – Freedom through Servitude ● Romans 6:18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. ● Being a servant is our role. ● The issue is who do you choose to be our master? ● We are free to choose who we will serve.
  7. 7. 5 – Gaining through Losing ● Philippians 3:7-8 7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ ● When you let go – you learn what you really have ● Lose house – still have family and life
  8. 8. 6 – Living through Dying ● John 12:24-25 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. ● Die to sin and the world – Live for eternity ● If your faith costs you your life – you will have eternal life.
  9. 9. 7 – Finding through Losing ● Matthew 10:39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. ● Faith may cost you your life. ● But you will find your eternal reward. ● NOTE: Many say they are “trying to find themselves” - Jesus said if you find your life, you lose.
  10. 10. 7 Bible Paradoxes ● Each of these statements seem to be a contrdiction – until to think about it. ● Then you realize that it is true. ● ONE MORE: Many say that they can't be saved because they have done too many sinful things. ● Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.

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