1 Timothy 3 … Consider Him, the Mystery of Godliness Revealed

By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:
He who was revealed in the flesh,

Was vindicated in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory,
(3:16).

Instructions for the conduct of God’s overseers is addressed and the directives are substantial. Pastors and deacons were called to live in such a way that is above reproach, self-controlled, selfless, and disciplined; live in such a way that would not bring shame or disgrace to the church of God.

But really, these rigors of moral integrity exceed the abilities of anyone; maintaining such lofty standards is really humanly impossible.

For while responsibilities and actions expected from a husband and father are named, most of the requirements for leadership address character: self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy, not conceited, a good reputation with those outside the church, worthy of respect, not hypocritical.

It is clear that conduct is to be a manifestation of a leader’s character, an outworking of the Godliness God has worked within; “holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience,” (3:9).

And within these guidelines of integrity, leaders were called to build up His church to become the pillar and support of the truth and maintain the purity of the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth, (3:15).

But the church is made up of imperfect leaders with imperfect people who are each plagued with imperfect motivations and imperfect attitudes. Who can possibly attain to such a standard? Who can answer the call to become the pillar and support of the truth? And how does one even begin? To the natural man it is a great Mystery, a conundrum beyond human competency to solve. For truly, Godliness exceeds our innate ability to attain.

If we are honest, none of us will deny that Godliness is a great Mystery.

By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness… (3:16).

But to the one who is born again, to the one who has the Spirit of the Living God dwelling within, Mysteries are Revealed.

 However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries(Daniel 2:28).

However, any hopes of attaining Godliness will forever remain a Mystery until by faith our eyes are opened to see Jesus, the Mystery of Godliness Revealed; Jesus, born a sinless Man, Who died and was resurrected, Who now sits at the right hand of the Father in glory.

He who was revealed in the flesh,
Was vindicated in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory,
(3:16).

Consider Him, the Mystery of Godliness Revealed

Jesus Himself is the Mystery of Godliness Revealed.

 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, (Colossians 2:2).

In the gospel, that preaches Jesus Christ, the Mystery of Godliness is Revealed to all who have been led to obedience of the faith.

Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, 26 but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; 27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen, (Romans 16:25-27).

And the Mystery of Godliness is Revealed in His substitutionary death. Oh, such an inexplicable Mystery that He would become sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him, (2 Corinthians 5:21).

The Mystery of Godliness Revealed is that He alone is Godly and His Godliness comes to us through faith and faith alone.

and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,  (Philippians 3:9).

How do we respond Him, the Mystery of Godliness Revealed?

Oh, the hope we have in Him, the hope of glory in Him, the hope of the Mystery of Godliness Revealed in us!

to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory, (Colossians 1:27).

And it is oh so critical that we never let go of that truth; the Mystery of Godliness has been Revealed in His perfect, sinless, Godly Son, Jesus.

holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience, (3:9).

Let us hold to Him, the Mystery of Godliness Revealed, with a clear conscience, never attempting to realize godliness by the works of our flesh.

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not, (Romans 7:18)

Let us confess by faith that apart from Him, there is not one good or godly thing in us. He alone is the Mystery of Godliness Revealed in us by faith.

I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You,”
(Psalm 16:2)

But sadly, the gospel still remains a Mystery to many. It does not line up with fleshly reasoning of the way things should work. Admitting we are sinners, in need of a Savior and incapable of doing anything about it, is a mysterious concept to so many. And our postmodern culture that professes we are all good, and truth is relative, exacerbates the confusion.

Let us join with each other in prayer, that we would grow to become “the pillar and support of the truth,” with the courage and boldness to open our mouths and share with a lost and dying world the truth of the gospel, that they might join us by common confession beyond question that Jesus Christ Himself is the Mystery of Godliness Revealed.

By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness… (3:16).

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, (Ephesians 6:18-19).

Let’s Grow Together!

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