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Paramount Paradoxes


Are there mysteries in the Bible and in the Christian life? Some try to say 'no', but I have a lot of trouble understanding that position. Perhaps I am not comprehending exactly what they are saying. I am certainly willing to concede to a good explanation. Paul said, "Great is the mystery of godliness", and it continues to be a great mystery that God should be manifested in the flesh of a human being. Paul also wrote that the natural man cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit of God, but they all must be discerned spiritually. Charles Wesley wrote, "Tis mystery all, the immortal dies." 

Wesley not only expressed a mystery, but as well a wonderful paradox... a seeming contradiction that is an exceedingly great truth of the Kingdom. Paradoxes are things we revel in, while having a terribly difficult time explaining them. They are blessed mysteries that are simply bigger than we are, but we rejoice in them and in the God, who has given them to us, understanding perfectly their significance and importance in our spiritual development. 

Please take to heart these great statements straight from the Valley of Vision. (And while we digest them, may I recommend chapter 22 from Isaiah, where I try to expound on this place, where prophets lived, saw and wrote their revelations from God:


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