May 20, 2020 – The Great Mystery

Read 1 Timothy 3

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”  1 Timothy 3:16 

 

This next mystery is truly a great mystery. We know that because God tells us that it is a great mystery. Once again, let me remind you that a mystery in the Bible is not a truth concealed, but a truth revealed. All of the mysteries in the New Testament are truths that were once hidden, but are now revealed. 
 
When we look at the mystery of godliness there are a number of important things that are revealed. The first is that God was manifest in the flesh. Immediately we come to an incomprehensible fact. No one can comprehend how God in the heavens, who created all things, could be manifest to us by coming to us in the flesh. Do we really understand that God was revealed to us as a man?
 
Man can’t comprehend the majesty of God, but John wrote in John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
 
As a man, we were able to see in Him the glory of the Father in heaven! When the disciples looked upon Him, they did not see the flaws and imperfections of flesh. They saw the glory of the only begotten of the Father. They could see that He was filled with grace and truth. 
 
The mystery also includes that God was justified in the Spirit. That means that God was declared righteous while He was in the flesh because of the Spirit that was fully God with the attributes or righteousness and truth.
 

He was seen of angels. He was preached unto the Gentiles. He was believed on in the world and He was received up into glory. There is not one of those thoughts that could be true of any man living today. This was the God Man. He was the man, Christ Jesus, the one mediator between God and man. The only reason that He can be the mediator between God and man is that He is God and Man. He can represent God as God and He can represent man as man.

 

An Exercise to Increase our Faith: I have been very frustrated these past weeks, because church is not just something I do,  it is who I am. I have been about church for almost as long as I have been an adult.  God is working in my life in these past hours to reveal to me that I have to allow Him to work out His will in our church. God could change the circumstances if He wants. We have to know that He is in control. He is God, but He also became a man, and knows what it is like to be a man. The exercise is simply to put our complete trust in what He is doing one more time, this day. 

 


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