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A human being lives, but he is given life.

1 Timothy 3:14 -16

(1 Timothy 3:14-16) 14Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15 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. 16 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.

My Thoughts:

If I had to sum up these 3 verses in just one question it would be “what is the Correct Application of Christian Truth.” You see these verses serve as a bridge between the guidelines Paul had given in 2:1–3:13 and the warnings about false teaching that follow.

Have you ever thought about these words Paul says here? “Beyond all question” think about this statement; up till now Paul was using “Here is a trustworthy saying” but now Paul changes and says “Beyond all question” no longer is this just a slogan, now Paul is making sure that we understand that what he is saying is the truth, and in just one verse Paul sums up what every true Christian is thinking. To me this statement is the first and last pillar of the Christian faith.

Now when Paul say “the mystery of godliness is great” first of all I think about (Romans 16:25) “Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past,” now tell me, when you read this, you do not think about the triumphant return and rein of Christ. This is much like the cry of the Ephesians in Acts 19:28. The term “mystery” also appears in 3:9 (translated “deep truths”) and refers to truth that is now revealed.

The mystery of the Christian religion to which Paul pointed refers to God’s redemptive plan, which had been kept secret, but now it was time for it to be revealed.

So we finish this chapter with:

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.

I do not know about you but I cannot wait for the day that He returns to take us all home.

Ellen White statement:

Ellen White in {DA 25}

Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. “With His stripes we are healed.”

By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan’s purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man; but in Christ we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen.

Last thoughts:

So, what is the Correct Application of Christian Truth. It is very simple:

First, Christians are to conduct themselves as members of God’s family.

Second, Christians are to distinguish themselves by a life-style of holiness.

Third, Our behavior designates us as God’s children and demonstrates the reality of our faith.

Forth, There is one truth and as believers we are to, no, we must keep our eye and hearts fixed on Jesus.

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

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