Tag: mystery of godliness
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 26th: Isaiah 3-6; 1st Timothy 3
Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 3:16 “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 was writing to encourage his young “son” in the faith to choose godly leaders in Christ’s Church. There were numerous qualifications involving personal character and demonstrated ability and faithfulness that Paul had laid out. In summary, Paul stated it was all about a relationship with Jesus Christ, Son of God and raised from the dead. In Christ, this mystery was fully revealed to all who would believe.
Isaiah 6:1-3 “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; the who earth is full of His glory!””
Prayer: Lord, may I continue to grow in godliness through a deeper relationship and walk with my Lord Jesus Christ, the “Holy, Holy, Holy One.” May His Glory fill the earth! Amen.
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)
Scripture reading for December 6th: 1st Timothy 1-3
Timothy was a young pastor who was mentored by Paul. Paul wrote to encourage him and instruct him in basic pastoral leadership. Here are some powerful verses from this personal letter to a young preacher.
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:15-17
Paul reminded Timothy about the purpose of Christ’s ministry here on earth. He came to seek and save sinners! And even preachers are sinners–some of the worst! For God’s grace we must always be thankful and humbly serve by example those who God gives us to minister to. We are to do all for the glory and honor of our King! Worship must be foundational for our ministry!
” I urge then, first of all that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:1-5
Prayer is of first importance in pastoral ministry. God is pleased when we come to Him with everything in a spirit of thanksgiving. No one can be saved without it and Jesus Christ is the only mediator for all men!
“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.” 1st Timothy 3:16
The mystery of godliness is revealed through through Christ’s incarnation, sacrificial death, and resurrection from the dead! God has commanded that His Gospel be preached among the nations so all might believe! To Him be glory forever! Amen!
Scripture reading for October 18th: 1st Timothy 3:1-16
In this chapter, Paul tries to help Timothy with some guidelines for those who work at overseeing the church. He gives Timothy some qualifications for both overseers and deacons and their spouses. These are not meant to be laws, but help Timothy evaluate those seeking to become leaders in the church and to give instruction to the church of the standards that God values in His leaders. Behind all these values and qualifications is what Paul calls ‘the mystery of godliness.’
It’s a good thing to desire to be an overseer in Christ’s church! Overseers are what we might call the pastors, superintendents and bishops of today. “Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.” We note that these qualifications involve character more than gifting or charisma. The ability to manage and minister in the home takes precedence over ministering in Christ’s church. If it doesn’t work at home, in will not fly in God’s household!
“He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and the devil’s trap.” Time in service is also a qualification. It takes time to grow in grace and the character of Christ. Pride and conceit are primary weapons of the devil and each man is born the first time will pride as a stronghold. When Christ changes us, we need time to grow in relationship and to build a reputation outside the church as well as in as a consistent follower of Christ. Reputations are easy to lose!
These instructions were given to help people know how to conduct themselves properly. But a relationship with Christ is foundational to godly living. “Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” (1st Timothy 3:16) Faith in Christ brings godliness to all who believe as we humbly follow our Lord!