The Mystery of Godliness!
Scripture reading for September 27th: 1st Timothy 3
Key Scriptures for over-comers: 1st Timothy 3:14-16 “Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”
Paul hoped to be able to join Timothy but knew he might be delayed so he gave instructions to Timothy to share with the church he was overseeing. Paul saw the church of Jesus Christ as a “pillar and foundation of the truth.” To Paul, all truth was found in Jesus Christ and godly living was found in living by and in Truth. The secret mystery of true ‘godliness’ was found in the incarnation of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. It is only through faith in His incarnation, life of godliness, death and resurrection that all sinners are made righteous. This is the message entrusted to the church, the ‘pillar and foundation of the truth’.
Observations for over-comers: We over-come the traps of pride, sin, the flesh and the devil by living by faith in Jesus Christ, God incarnated, crucified for our sins, and raised to life and eternal glory. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)