What is the mystery of godliness?

1 Timothy Bible Background

10.23.2017 – New Testament: 1Ti 3.16

To read the Bible in a year, read First Timothy 3 on October 23, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Godliness means to be devoutly religious. What is the heart of godliness? What moves a person to devote themselves to God? Paul said this,

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:

God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.
(1 Timothy 3.16) 

God left heaven and lived among us, taking on a body as we have. He was justified in the Spirit, angels saw Him, His name has been preached to the nations, the world believed on Him, and finally, He went up into heaven. Knowing and believing these things moves a person to devote a life to God.


  • Are you godly?
  • What do you think of Jesus?

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