The Mystery Of Godliness (1) (1 Timothy 3:14-16)Phillip Stuckey, December 25, 2016
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, one of the things stressed is the need to preach and defend the truth of the gospel (1 Tim. 1:3-7; 18-20). In fact, Paul insists that the letter was designed to teach how one is to behave in the household of God, which is the church, whose purpose is to support and proclaim the truth (1 Tim. 3:14-15). Paul called this truth, “the mystery of godliness” (1 Tim. 3:16). What is this mystery of godliness? Why was that important for Timothy to understand? Why is that important to us today?
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1 Timothy 3:14–16 (Listen)
14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 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. 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.