The Paradox of Life
by D. J. Love, Minister, TSN, SBC
PARADOX: A Person, Situation Or Action Exhibiting Inexplicable Or Contradictory Aspects.
For Those of You With Eyes To See, And With Ears To Hear . . . . " Yahweh created this world that we live in to be a Paradox right from the very foundations (beginnings) of the world. It was created a Paradox On Purpose in order to separate out the Worldly (Spiritually Blind and Deaf) from those who are Spiritual ("with eyes to see and ears to hear"). Read what the Apostle Paul wrote concerning Paradox below.
Romans 7:9-23 (Explanations in Parenthesis and Italic Text)
9 For I was alive (Not Dead in Sin) without the Law once (ignorant, as a child): but (as an adult) when the Commandment (Law of the marriage covenant) came, sin revived, and I died (became a Sinner).
10 And the Commandment, which was ordained to life (Provided a Path Unto Salvation), I found to be unto death (eternal damnation for sin).
Note: A Paradox, because he could Not Obey The Commandments, as laws, because the flesh is spiritually weak and rebellious. So even though the Commandments could provide eternal life, eternal life was still out of reach.
11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me (because of its Paradoxical Nature), and by it slew me (I was condemned by the Law I could Not Legally Obey).
12 Wherefore the Law Is Holy, and the Commandment Is Holy, and just, and good.
13 Was it then that, that (The Law or the covenant of Love) which is good, brought death unto me? Yahweh forbid (absolutely Not). But Sin, that it might be revealed as sin, working death (exposing Sin) in me by that which is good (The Law or the covenant of Love); So that sin by (definition of) the Commandment (vows of the covenant of Love) might become exceedingly (obviously) sinful (Ignorance is Not An Excuse).
14 For we know that the Law is Spiritual (as a covenant of selfless Love): but I am carnal (Worldly, rebellious, and selfish), sold under sin.
15 For (as a True Believer) that which I do (naturally sin), I do Not allow: for what I would do (naturally sin), that do I not; but (instead, do that) what I (as a carnal person) hate (Spiritual Obedience), that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not (Spiritual Obedience), I consent unto (Agree With) the Law (a covenant of selfless Love) that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells (lingers) in me (I am now motivated to escape my Sin).
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh), dwells no good thing: for to Will (Yahweh's Will or Holy Pneuma) is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I (naturally) find not (because Life Is A Paradox).
19 For the good that I would (now desire to) do, I (naturally) do not (because of human weakness): but the evil which I (Spiritually) would not (no longer desire to) do, that I (naturally) do.
20 Now if I do that (evil) which I would not (no longer desire to) do, it is no more I that do it, but sin that (still) dwells (lingers) in me.
21 I find then a law (A Paradoxical Law), that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the Law (a covenant of selfless Love) of Yahweh after the inward (Spiritual) man:
23 But I see another law (Lust or Sin) in my members, warring against the Law of my Mind (the Holy Spirit or Holy Pneuma), and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is (naturally) in my members.
* My Friends, Our World Is A Paradox and it will continue to be so until The Messiah returns with the power and authority of his Father, Yahweh. Allow the Love of Yahweh through The Example of The Ministry of His appointed Firstborn Son to work in your members.
The Paradox of Salvation
A Key to Understanding
The Paradox of Salvation can be seen all through the religions of mankind. For example, Yahweh has plainly told us that it is the Holy Spirit (Yahweh's Mind) that reveals Spiritual knowledge, and yet mankind invents seminaries, monasteries, colleges of theology or other institutions of so called "Higher Learning" (a paradox, because this "Higher Learning" is truly "Lower Learning"). Then mankind places his trust in his own inventions, and not in the Holy Spirit (Yahweh's revealer of truth). Therefore mankind does greatly err, and receives only the instructions of man's sinful (Self-centered) nature as his reward. I can truthfully and without hesitation tell you that a persons chances of finding a True Minister of Yahweh graduating from one of mankind's seminaries, or an "Institute of Higher Learning" is for all practical purposes equal to zero. This understanding of the paradox of salvation can, also, be applied to those who then place their trust in their ministers. All truth seekers need to understand that Yahweh loves mankind so much that he made it possible for any human being, no matter how isolated from society, to be able to receive Salvation through faith, trust and a genuine attempt of living an obedient life through seeking the righteousness of Yahweh (according to the righteous example of Messiah) with all of ones heart, mind, soul, and strength. For those (that seek Him in such a manner) are those that love Him, and those that love Him are the ones who find favor (Grace) in His eyes. This is what it means to "Believe in Yahshua" (His First Born Son), because to "Believe in Messiah" is to "Believe as Messiah Believed."
The king answered to Daniel, and said, Of a truth your G-d is the G-d of gods, and the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing you have been able to reveal this secret.
1 Corinthians 2:7-16
7 But we (True Believers) speak Yahweh's wisdom in a mystery, the wisdom that has been hidden, which Yahweh foreordained before the worlds to our glory,
8 which none of the rulers of this world has known. For had they known it, they wouldn't have crucified (Yahshua) the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, "Things which eye didn't see, and ear didn't hear, Which didn't enter into the heart of man, Whatever things Yahweh prepared for those who love him."
10 But to us (True Believers), Yahweh revealed them through the (Holy) Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of Yahweh.
11 For who among (natural) men knows the things of a (natural) man, except the (natural) spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of Yahweh, except Yahweh's Spirit (or those with Yahweh's Holy Spirit or Mind).
12 But we (True Believers) received, not the (natural) spirit (Human Nature) of the world, but the Spirit which is from Yahweh, that we (True Believers) might know the things that were freely given to us by Yahweh.
13 Which things also we (True Believers) speak, not in words which man's wisdom (schools of learning) teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things.
14 Now the natural man doesn't receive the things of the Yahweh's Spirit (certainly not in school), for they are foolishness to him, and he can't know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is judged by no one.
16 "For who has known the mind of "The Master," that he should instruct him?" But we have Messiah Yahshua's mind (who has Yahweh's Mind, which is Yahweh's Righteousness Seeking Holy Spirit!).
This next verse is for those who might have a question as to how it fits into the overall picture of Salvation.
13 For, "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord (Kurios - Strongs #2962 - G-d or Supreme Authority, Yahweh) will be saved."
14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? How will they hear without a preacher?
15 And how will they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"
16 But they didn't all listen to the glad news. For Isaiah says, "Lord (Yahweh), who has believed our report?"
17 So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Yahweh.
No where did it say that Salvation can only come directly from hearing the word of Yahweh, and so I repeat my previous statement, "All truth seekers need to understand that Yahweh loves mankind so much that he made it possible so that any human being, no matter how isolated from society, can receive Salvation through faith, trust and a genuine attempt through "Righteous Intent" and love for their Creator to live an obedient life that comes through seeking Yahweh with all of ones heart, mind, soul, and strength. Because those that seek Him in such a manner are those that love Him, and those that love Him are the ones who find favor (Grace) in His eyes. This is what it means to "Believe in Messiah Yahshua" (His Appointed Firstborn Son), because to "Believe in Yahshua" is to "Believe as Yahshua Believed," and Yahshua "Believed in The Righteousness of Yahweh."
Additionally, the Apostle Paul did not say that "hearing" a preacher with ones ears was the only way to receive "The Word of Yahweh." One who reads "The Word of Yahweh" in an attempt to be obedient to Yahweh can be led by the Holy Spirit of Yahweh, because it is those who seek to be like Him in Righteousness, and therefore obedient to Him, that receive Grace (favor), and they are the ones who receive the Holy Spirit of Yahweh (G-d) and the instruction of Yahweh's mind. In other words, this is what is meant by being "Like Minded."
11 He answered them, "To you ("The Like Minded") it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but it is not given to them.
12 For whoever has (The Mind or Spirit of Yahweh), to him will be given (understanding and more), and he will have abundance, but (the worldly) whoever doesn't have (the Mind of Yahweh), from him will be taken away even that which he has (his physical life and possessions).
13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they don't see, and hearing, they don't hear, neither do they understand.
14 In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says, 'By hearing you will hear, and will in no way understand; Seeing you will see, and will in no way perceive:
15 For this people's heart (spirit or mind) has grown callous, Their ears are dull of hearing, Their eyes they have closed; Or else perhaps they might perceive with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their heart ( Spirit or mind ), And should turn again; And I would heal them.'
16 "But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.
5 Now the G-d of patience and of comfort grant you to be of the same mind ( or Holy Spirit ) one with another according to Messiah Yahshua,
6 that with one accord you may with one mouth glorify the EL and Father of the Lord (of Glory) Messiah, Yahshua.
Now I ask you, how can the True Children of Yahweh live peacefully in one accord and glorify Yahweh with one voice if we don't think exactly alike each other and exactly like Yahweh to whom we give glory if we don't all have the exact same mind ( Holy Spirit ) as Yahweh Himself?
Beware of Evil Masquerading as Good!
Beware of the Institutions of Man,
because life is a paradox
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