“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death...Death is swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54
"The greater the sin, the greater the mercy, the deeper the death and the brighter the rebirth.” - C. S. Lewis
"This story...has the very taste of primary truth." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Paradoxes of Jesus’ Way of Life

…Thus far I have been describing paradoxes in God’s nature and in what he has done in the world through Christ. I will now turn to paradoxes in “Christian living,” that is, paradoxes in the way of life taught by Scripture, especially in letters in the New Testament, and even more importantly, by Jesus himself. All of the following paradoxes are deeply connected; they can be thought of as different aspects or formulations of the same essential theme or truth. Furthermore, the beauty of the way of life they describe is defined ultimately by Jesus Christ, the God-man, and is seen most brightly in his death and resurrection…

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