Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
Our Paradoxical God
Highest praises, honor and glory be unto your name, and to your name alone. For there is none like you!
You are the high and lofty one, who inhabits eternity, and whose name is holy, and yet you also dwell with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
You are the happiest Being in the universe and in your presence is fullness of joy, but in Jesus of Nazareth you became a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering—like one from whom men hide their faces.
You are majestic and beautiful beyond description, but in Jesus you became one who had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him, despised and rejected by men. On the cross your appearance was disfigured beyond that of any man and your form marred beyond human likeness.
You are the Lord over heaven and earth, but in Jesus you humbled yourself and took on the very nature of a servant, humbling yourself to the point of death, even death on a cross.
You are the self-existent One and the Author of life, but in Christ you took on flesh and blood so that you could die and conquer death.
You are holy, holy, holy and of purer eyes than to see evil and look at wrong, but at the cross you became sin for us, so that in you we might become the righteousness of God.
And even now you are seated on the throne of the universe as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and the Lamb that was slain.
Worthy is the Lamb that was Slain!
Highest praises, honor and glory be unto your name, and to your name alone, forever and ever. Amen!