opinion not generally received," as Hobbs defined it, and as Shakespeare uses it in Hamlot.To this was added naturally the idea of absurdity, so that you have included in the wordparadox-novelty, strangeness, and, as a rule, absurdity.10. Paradox, then by etymology and usage, is what is contrary to currentopinion.......................Is there any sense in which Christianity is a paradox in this respect,any sense in which it appears novel, strange, and absurd from the point of view of ordinaryexperience? That it was so at one time is undoubted. Is it still so? Obviously there is sucha sense. When our Lord began His ministry of teaching and healing, men were shaken outof the stupor of custom and said, "What new teaching, what new power is this?" They saidthe same thing in Athens when Paul spoke there-"We would know of this new doctrine,"and one of the characteristic words of Christianity is "ewness," "Renewal."11. "An antinomy or paradox," says an old logic text book, "Is a pair of contradictorypropositions, each of them susceptible separately of the highest proof which the nature of the subject matter admits, but which are incapable of conciliation to our present capacityof reason." Be it so. Here is a paradox solved-God's holiness and righteousness vindicated,and the sinner who deserved condemnation justified, and the meeting place where thisdivine reconciliation takes place is in the Son of God who died for us and for God. That iswhat Bengel means by this pharse, "Here is contained the supreme evangelical paradox."It passes understanding and thereby pacifies it. It does not pulverize reason, it purifies it.It transcends our reason, but it saves our souls, and is the most luminous fact in theuniverse. So then the supreme evangelical paradox means the crowning marvel of God'sredeeming love for sinners."
I. THE REALITY OF PARADOXA. In the Bible.
Here are a couple of lists that express paradox in a different way.1a. If I want to save my life, I must lose my life (Luke 9:24,26)If I want to be lifted up, I must humble myself (James 4:7)If I want to be the greatest, I must be a servant (Matthew 20:20-22)If I want to be first, I must be last (Matthew 19:30)If I want to rule, I must serve (Luke 22:26,27)If I want to live, I must die (Romans 8:23)If I want to be strong, I must be weak (2 Corinthians 11:30)If I want to inherit the kingdom, I must be poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3)If I want to reproduce, I must die (John 12:24)