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. 1 Timothy 3:16
MYSTERY: Spiritually speaking; as laid out by the Apostle Paul, indicated TRUTH, which was HIDDEN in the Old Testament times and REVEALED in the New Testament times.
This GODLINESS refers to the TRUTH of SALVATION and RIGHTEOUSNESS that can ONLY come from Christ Jesus, the Only Son of the LIVING GOD. This MYSTERY was GREAT because of its range of understanding and its influence on a sinful world. It was/is the ONLY HOPE for mankind.
The Apostle Paul gives us the CONTENT of this TRUTH, through an excerpt from an early hymn about Christ, who is the ENTITY of the MYSTERY. “He was manifested in the flesh,” this speaks of His INCARNATION, when He came as a NEWBORN BABY, God’s gift to MANKIND for their SALVATION. “He was VINDICATED by the Spirit,” which was carried out by the RESURRECTION, which was a demonstration of God, by the Holy Spirit of the CRUCIFIED and RISEN Christ, as LORD and MESSIAH of ALL. “Seen by the angels,” this refers to His EXALTATION, which was carried out before the Heavenly realm, both the fallen and the elect angels. (Phil. 2:5-11) “Proclaimed by the nations, and BELIEVED on in the world,” This refers to the FULLFILMENT of God’s plan for the SALVATION of MANKIND. “Taken up in glory.” This refers to the ASCENSION of Christ Jesus into Heaven. (Acts 1:9-10) Where He is NOW, making intercession for the Children of God. Are you a Child of God? Have you experienced this MYSTERY?
If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE TOTALLY to God, then you are NOT His Child, nor have you EXPERIENCED this MYSTERY. But you are carrying out the desires of SATAN, by being DISOBEDIENT to God, and you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE. However, you can EXPERIENCE this MYSTERY of SALVATION by: TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. Then CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and EXPERIENCE the MYSTERY and become a CHILD of the LIVING GOD, with an ETERNAL HOME in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!