Many New Testament truths are stated in paradoxical form. A paradox has been loosely defined as “truth standing on its head,” and more exactly explained by Webster as “a statement that seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd but that may actually be true in fact.” When Jesus speaks of the last being first, and the first last, he is speaking in this fashion. (Matthew 20:16.)
Likewise, when he affirms, “for whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it,” he is speaking paradoxically. (Matthew 16:25.) The New Testament contains many such seemingly impossible statements.