Nine Paradoxes of The Christian Life

Nine Paradoxes of The Christian Life

Jesus Christ is himself the coming kingdom of God, wherever he is located in heaven or on earth.  He instituted his kingdom here on earth dwelling in his church through his Spirit.  He did this within and on an earth entirely enslaved by death and satan, right under satan’s nose, within and among satan’s domain and kingdom.  What a brilliant takeover, now we who have Christ within are to trample satan underfoot as was planned in the beginning. The presence of God within Jesus Christ is the presence of the kingdom of God.

The future of everything and everyone…his future is current in his people from every age. We are living in the age after the kingdom has been instituted but before Satan’s and death’s final defeat.  We are living during the expansion of the kingdom of God on earth through the ages of time and expansion of the human race. This expansion is hostile and unwelcome and results in spiritual and sometimes physical violence (Matthew 11:12).

There are at least nine notable paradoxes of Christian life, actually there are many more than nine but for the sake a short post I just highlight nine.

paradox – a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.

Living in a paradox is confusing so it is important that we have understanding.  Perhaps this is why Jesus made our top daily priority seeking the kingdom of God.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things will be added to you” – Jesus

Nine notable paradoxes of living the Christian life include:

  1. We are to live by the Life of Christ while we die to our own life.  Death to self yields life to Christ.  (1 Corinthians 15:31)
  2. As we are weakened we are made strong in him. (1 Cor 1:27, 2 Cor12:10)
  3. As we are made poor we are enriched and we enrich many. (2 Cor 6:10)
  4. We are in the world yet not of the world. (John 17:16)
  5. Some of us suffer and are persecuted and murdered yet we are more than conquerors. (Rom 8:18 and Rom 8:37)
  6. All things, even bad things in our life work together for the good of those called to God’s purposes. (Rom 8:28)
  7. Defeat, losing and humility create our victories and successes.
  8. Jesus’ greatest moment of defeat and man’s cruelest moment was at the same moment the planned and greatest victory for them both. (Matt 27:46-64)
  9. Self abasement and servant hood brings greatness not promotion and authority. (Matthew 20:25)

These paradoxes are mind blowing to me, what a brilliant and amazing takeover is Jesus Christ, satan himself didn’t see this coming, what seemed like the biggest defeat for Jesus, his killing was in the plan all along and resulted in even more defeat for satan.  What a Lord is Jesus, what a God, what a savior what a priceless gift we have in him.

Happy New Year 2016!!

What paradox is the most amazing to you? What other paradoxes have you found in scripture?