The Mystery of Godliness
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. – [1Ti 3:16 NASB]
Great is the mystery of godliness!
Do you see what is so great about it?
- He was revealed in the flesh.
- He was vindicated in the Spirit.
- He was seen by angels.
- He was proclaimed among the nations.
- He was believed on in the world.
- He was taken up in glory.
Godliness is a Person. Godliness is Christ. What a glorious Christ!
But, godliness is not just the individual Jesus Christ, but the corporate Christ. We can say that Jesus was revealed in the flesh, He was vindicated in the Spirit, He was seen by angels, and He was taken up in glory. But, we cannot say that He was proclaimed among the nations, nor was He believed on in the world.
Paul was not talking about Jesus of Nazareth. He was talking about the New Man, with Christ as the Head of His Body, the Church.
- Christ was revealed in our flesh.
- Christ was vindicated in our Spirit.
- Christ was seen by angels in us.
- Christ was proclaimed among the nations through us.
- Christ was believed on in the world by us.
- Christ was taken up in glory in us.
The mystery of godliness is Christ in us as the Spirit, saturating us, and conforming us into the image of Christ. A godly person is a person who is being conformed to the image Christ and expressing Him in all that he or she does. But, the fullness of godliness on shines in and through the New Man. May Christ be all and in all.