Tag: 1st Timothy 3:14-16
Scripture reading for September 26th: 1 Timothy 3, Psalm 43, Proverbs 8
Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 3:14-16 “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.”
Paul hoped to see his son in the faith, Timothy, soon. But in case that didn’t happen, he wrote down some instructions for his conduct and those of other elders in the church. The church was God’s family (household), and a “pillar and buttress” of truth. Jesus Christ is the “truth” and the ultimate revelation of the mystery of true godliness. His birth, death and resurrection from the dead, appearance on earth and in heaven is proclaimed among the nations prompting faith and salvation. He alone is worthy of worship and eternal praise!
Faith Confession: I want to live a godly life. The mystery of godliness is great and is found in the greatest Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God. Through faith in Him, God has granted me the desires of my heart.
Psalm 43:3-4 “Send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise You with the lyre, O God, my God.”
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)