Only the spiritual believer can demonstrate the beauty of Christ's life shining through them. He now compensates for what might there seem to have been derogatory to Him, calling Him here God. Are denominationalists deliberately lying? [15] But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” If you get nothing else out of this article, friend, please remember not to isolate verse 16 from verses 14 and 15! Friend, do not let religion rob you of this truth by encouraging you to refer to some manmade structure today as “the house [or temple] of God!”, When we come to verse 16, we simply carry the thought over from verse 15 (most Bible readers fail to do this and thus misinterpret the verse). We Christian believers, we are the house of God, the temple of God. The life that God manifested in our mortal flesh here on earth will be brought to fruition in the heavenly places. ( Log Out /  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. Enjoy our Bible studies? 1 Timothy 3:16. There has been so much discussion about it but very little light has been shed. That is, people believed it, trusted it, and thus gained a hope in heaven because of Jesus Christ’s finished crosswork. If you look closely, the order of events of verse 16 does not match the order of Christ’s earthly life and ministry. However, if you look at the context, there is nothing about Christ’s earthly ministry. 1 Timothy 3:16. BIBLE CONTRADICTIONS / CONFUSING VERSES SIMPLIFIED, 333’s 2000th – Godly Edifying | 333 Words of Grace. That it is a truth. Trinitarians sometimes claim 1 Timothy 3:16 identifies Jesus as “God” because the KJV translation says “ God was manifested in the flesh. Galatians 3:3: “Are ye so foolish? The New English Translation of 1 Timothy 3:16 speaks of the mystery of godliness as an “amazing revelation” concerning our faith. Christ ascended, then He was preached unto Gentiles, and then He was believed on in the world. Timothy already knew that. The problem is they are translating a depraved (corrupt) Greek text. 1 Timothy 5:3-16 Caring for Widows; 1 Timothy 5:17-18 Paying Your Pastor(s) 1 Timothy 5:19-25 Church Leadership: Keeping It Godly; 1 Timothy 6:1-2 How to Be A Good Christian Victim; 1 Timothy 6:3-5 Religion for Fun & Profit; 1 Timothy 6:6-8 Prescription for Contentment; 1 Timothy 6:9-10 The Love of Money; 1 Timothy 6:11-12 Going the Distance Or, better yet, what is the context of the whole book of 1 Timothy? Paul equates correct doctrine and godly behaviour as two vital components in the life of all Christian leaders and spiritual believers. and vindicated by the Spirit. Check out our 60 new Bible Q&A booklets for sale. His life, as lived on earth through us, will be put on display throughout the universe through us. Also, the Holy Spirit led Paul to write in Romans 15:15-16: “[15] Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, [16] That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.” Another reference is Ephesians 3:9: “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ….” Finally, Paul penned in 2 Timothy 4:17: “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.”, In stark contrast to Paul’s ministry, Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry was not to Gentiles—it was only to Jews. Something to think about, my friend, something major to think about! The mystery of godliness, where the resurrected life of Christ is manifested in the life of godly leaders and spiritual believers will always stand secure on the glorious truths of the death, burial, resurrection, ascension and glorification of Jesus Christ. The book of Hebrews tells us that in various times and in various ways in the past, God spoke to man through the prophets. “For doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Let’s now take each of these one by one. 1 Timothy 3:16 What Does 1 Timothy 3:16 Mean? Our King James Bible says, “God was manifest in the flesh….” Most modern English versions, however, have a general reading of “He” or “He who” or “Who” where our KJV has “God.” (With no Greek authority, some modern versions read “Christ!”) Why do modern English versions read differently here? : “[6] For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. The truth 1 Timothy 3:16 sets forth concerns the Church the Body of Christ of verse 15! 1 Timothy 5:16, ESV: "If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. You need the Bible because it is totally reliable. [15] But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. arC Ministries' Bible Questions Answered from the Dispensationally-Delivered Scriptures. If you read study Bible notes, commentaries, and listen to preachers and teachers, invariably, you will see they approach 1 Timothy 3:16 in this manner. Verse 16 is still talking about the local group of Christians, or you could even say all of the Church the Body of Christ. Reproduced below is the text of 1 Timothy 3:16–4:3 from Codex A, as presented in the photographic facsimile volume published by the British Museum in 1879. It is only by believing the glorious gospel of grace that this great and magnificent mystery of godliness is able to be manifested in the life of a believer - through the power of the Holy Spirit. ( Log Out /  (Although, as we already pointed out, this verse has been highly “controversial” because people refuse to believe it as it exists in the proper Greek and English Bible texts! Christ was the perfect Man and His legitimacy was endorsed or justified at His baptism; His transfiguration; His resurrection and His ascension. 4) When joining two clauses, this conjunction MUST be preceded by at least one verb. The Jehovah’s Witnesses see no problem calling Christ Jesus “He” or “He who” or “Who”—they just refuse to call Him “God!” (Anyone who dismisses this textual problem as “minor” has a heart problem. Please read and study them on your own time. Four years ago I wrote an article in which I discussed the mistranslation that is found almost universally in 2 Timothy 3:16. Why did Jesus say to throw the net on the “right” side? In 1 Timothy 3:1–13, Paul says that church leaders ought to be “the husband of one wife” and to have demonstrated control over their household and children. Recall that the group of believers we know of as the Church the Body of Christ was kept secret from the “Old Testament” prophets. Why do some Christians persistently behave like lost people? Regardless of their great efforts to deface the Word of God, these people cannot change what the original Bible says. Browse Sermons on 1 Timothy 3:16. (Hint: Recall the theme of the chapter, or the theme of the book!) ( Log Out /  : “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (This is a verse about Messiah Jesus, according to Matthew 2:4-6. Thanksgiving 2012 – In Every Thing Give Thanks, The Flesh Straineth, Christ’s Love Constraineth. There are many hidden truths that were revealed to Paul by the Lord Jesus, which had been concealed for ages and generations.. but which have been revealed to us through the anointed ministry of Christ's appointed apostle. Yet Catholicism demands that priests be unmarried and celibate, a prohibition that Paul condemns a few verses later (1 Timothy 4:1–3). After all, it is God’s life in us! ( Log Out /  Isaiah 9:6-7, written 700 B.C. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. While commonly assumed to be a reference to Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven in Acts chapter 1, this is actually in reference to the Rapture, when the Church the Body of Christ finishes its earthly tasks (previous clauses of the verse) and is taken into heaven to serve Father God there. ASV. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Scripture Is Inspired. A similar verse is that of 1 Peter 3:18 , the majority of translations render it as : 1 … When Did the Church the Body of Christ Begin? Modern English translators are forced to change the wording of 1 Timothy 3:16 so as to keep their respective works separate. Rather than speculating, we will let the Bible define for us this term “the house of God.”, Ephesians 2:19-22 says: “[19] Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; [20] And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; [21] In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: [22] In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”, We are the temple of the Holy Ghost, as 1 Corinthians chapter 6 says: “[19] What? They will help you immensely in answering the question concerning what we will do in heaven for eternity. . To the Scriptures! The Holy Spirit produces the life of Jesus Christ in the lives of the members of the Church the Body of Christ. 1 Timothy 3:16, NLT: "Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit. From this perspective, the Pastoral Epistles generally and 1 Timothy specifically are a departure from Paul’s more or less standard epistolary structure. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory." "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory" (1 Tim. Thank You for revealing the truth of the glorious gospel in the written word of God and thank You that for bestowing on all Your children the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. [7] Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. When we walk apart from our identity in Christ, sin will dominate our lives. Like so many, I once assumed 1 Timothy 3:16 referred to Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry. In this passages, which was written to instruct Church leaders on godly conduct, we discover that the mystery of godliness is connected with 1) faith is Christ and 2) a spiritual walk. “God manifest in human flesh” is a description of us, the Church the Body of Christ! 1 1 TIMOTHY 3:16: GOSPEL AND RESPONSE When Paul wrote to Timothy to address the issues of false teaching and right living in the church, he had much practical instruction to give. ), The above verses indicate Messiah’s deity was not a secret. That new nature in Christ produces God’s life, enabling God’s life to be manifested in ours. 1. Just what makes it so controversial? 1. 3:16). ), B. One of my students, Corinne Samuelson, has spent the summer investigating what’s happening with “widows” in 1 Timothy 5. : “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.” (The “me” here is JEHOVAH, and really it is Jesus Christ whom John the Baptist preceded—see Mark 1:1-3. Remember, angels watch us as well. Why does “overturn” appear thrice in Ezekiel 21:27? When we realize that angels are watching us in our daily activities, then that will surely change our behavior. Notice how this extremely subtle change involved nothing more than dropping the first three letters (“the-”). He was indeed vindicated as the beloved Son of God by both the Father and the Spirit.. and angels minister to His human need.. not only at His birth and resurrection but during His terrible agony in the garden of Gethsemane as He faced the looming cross. Read it to see why: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” What is this talking about? It is frequently understood to refer to the marital status of the church leader, excluding from leadership those who are (1) unmarried, (2) polygamous, (3) divorced, or (4) remarried after being widowed. Paul had been instructing Church deacons and other Christian leaders on godly conduct, personal purity and spiritual living... and his teaching culminated in the fact.. that every area of a believer's behaviour should be in harmony with gospel teaching and founded on biblical truth. Modern English versions must read differently from each other in order to have their unique copyrights. He died on the cross for our Salvation and destroyed the evil work of the devil.. so that by faith in Him, we might be identified with His godliness; covered in His righteousness and become a part of His mystical Body - which is the Church. Galatians 2:20 tells us: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” And, Philippians 1:21: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Finally, Colossians 3:4: “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”. “God manifest in the flesh” (the Body of Christ) was not believed on in the world until Jesus Christ was preached “in the world.” As briefly noted earlier, Paul’s ministry goal was to reach “all nations.” Romans 1:5 highlights his ministry: “By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name.” And, Romans 16:26 serves as confirmation: “But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.”. Our King James Bible says, “God was manifest in the flesh….” Most modern English versions, however, have a general reading of “He” or “He who” or “Who” where our KJV has “God.” (With no Greek authority, some modern versions read “Christ!”) and announced to the nations. Messiah is called “God” here. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Timothy 3:16 There is room for quite a bit of variation in the way public worship is conducted. God’s life is not manifested in our lives when we walk in our resources, our own strength (legalism instead of grace living). If you are familiar with the Bible rightly divided, then you know Paul’s ministry was to Gentiles, all the nations, not just to Israel. The Greek word translated “godliness” in most English translations means “a proper response to the things of God, … We do not learn this secret until the Pauline epistles, Romans through Philemon. He has applied the righteous nature of Jesus Christ to our account, in contrast to the sin nature we have in Adam. [26] (See however Apparat., p. 710, s.) [Ed. Any Bible student knows that Jesus Christ being God was no mystery (secret). 1 Timothy 4:1 in so close connection, that the old interpreters, according to R. Stephanus and others, reckoned a seventh chapter of this epistle from 1 Timothy 3:16, inclusive, to ch. and taken to heaven in glory. [16] And [a continuation of verse 15] without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” Verse 16 continues the thought mentioned in verse 15. Paul affirmed with elegant finality that “all Scripture is breathed out by God.” You can hear the meaning of the transliteration of the Greek word Theopneustos (“God-breathed”—Theo means “God” and “pneustos” means breath). Only unbelievers and heretics would be comfortable with removing “God” and replacing it with “He,” “He who,” or “Who.” Now we understand why the Jehovah’s Witness New World Translation does not use the King James Bible Greek text! [8] Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; [9] And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ….”. Are all Christians “ambassadors,” or just Paul and his ministry companions? While angels watched Jesus Christ in His earthly ministry, this is not a reference to His earthly ministry because, as we have said already, the context does not support it. What is the context of 1 Timothy chapter 3? 1 Timothy 2:5. Or, are they seeing sinful people misbehaving while also claiming to value and follow God’s Word? Of course we must always be subject to the will of Christ in the things we do and say, but there is room for tradition and custom as well. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! [20] For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Also, 1 Corinthians chapter 3: “[16] Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? KJ21. To declare that the Bible is the one and only Word of God, folks most often cite 2 Timothy 3:16.There Paul seems to inform Timothy that the Bible is God-breathed, in stark contrast to other writings, which are the mere fumblings of man. [7] And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He told a Gentile woman in Matthew 15:24: “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” And, we can also look at John 4:22: “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” Finally, Romans 15:8 affirms: “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision [Israel] for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers….”, Again, this would not be true of Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Godliness is the spiritual fruit of a life that is lived in willing submission to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit. And in this passage Paul clearly links spiritual conduct and godly behaviour with sound doctrine and a firm faith that is securely establish on the unchangeable biblical truths of the unchanging Word of God. Thanks! » Why do some Christians persistently behave like lost people? Think of the millions of angels above observing us down here. The mystery that is revealed in 1 Timothy 3:16 is that Jesus Christ was wholly man, and wholly God, or God of very God. They do not have the sense to understand their Bible should not have mistakes in the first place!). Friend, this is probably how you have often heard this verse taught. 6) So A CONJUNCTION SIMPLY DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE IN THIS CONTEXT! 1 Timothy 3:16 . The first piece of information given in above passage of II Timothy 3:16-17 is that the Bible is indeed profitable, useful. Mark 1:2 is perverted in modern English versions. Only those who believe that Christ was God manifest in the flesh - that He was justified in the Spirit; seen of angels; preached unto the Gentiles; believed on in the world and received up into glory can genuinely manifest the mystery of godliness in their life. Could it be clearer, dear friends? Second Corinthians chapter 4: “[7] But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. At 1 Timothy 3:14-15, the apostle evidently concludes the former paragraph, which began at 1 Timothy 3:1, and was brought down to this point, and he now commences a new paragraph, which is continued in ch. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Messiah holds the titles of “The Mighty God” and “The Everlasting Father.” Could Messiah’s equality with Father God be any clearer? The answer is two-fold. The faith of deacons and leaders, together with all who trust in Christ for salvation, must be rooted securely in sound doctrine..(that Christ was manifest in the flesh.. justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world and received up into glory).. if lives are to be an out-shining of the mystery of godliness. II., p. 400, seqq. Various “Old Testament” prophetic verses all predicted—hundreds of years in advance—that Messiah would be God in human flesh. The context of 1 Timothy chapter 3, the theme of 1 Timothy itself, and verses 14 and 15—they all demand 1 Timothy 3:16 apply to the Church the Body of Christ. 1 Timothy 3:16 New Living Translation (NLT) 16 Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith[ a]: Christ[ b] was revealed in a human body. A key function of the church is to be the pillar and support of God’s truth which centers in the person of Jesus Christ. [ c] He was seen by angels. ” However, modern Bible translations do not read “God” in this verse. What is “the house of God?” What is “the church of the living God?” Church tradition causes most people to say “the house of God” is a physical building. Some have said, only the “red letter” words of Jesus are to be taken seriously. Only those who have been born again can walk in spirit and truth, by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is not that the new-version translators are unskilled in translating. What is the Sabbath day—Saturday or Sunday? Chapter 3 begins with the office of the bishop, then discusses the office of the deacon, and finally mentions the assembly (collectively). This is why some versions have “He who,” others have “He,” some have “Who,” and others have “Christ.” The New King James Version, surprisingly, actually agrees with the King James Bible by retaining “God.”, People who do not like to recognize Jesus Christ’s deity prefer the reading of 1 Timothy 3:16 in the modern English versions. 2 Timothy 3:16(NASB) Verse Thoughts As we thumb through the pages of Scripture, which have become so familiar to us, it is a challenging and awesome thing to consider Who it is that lies behind those inspired pages and the eternal significance of their content. So do you. [7] Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.”, We can also refer to Titus 2:11: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men….” “All men” is a reference to Paul preaching to all nations. Paul wrote in Romans 11:13: “For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office….” Also, the ascended Jesus Christ told Paul in Acts 26:17-18: “[17] Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, [18] To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” And, Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:5-7: “[5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; [6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Also see: Again, “God manifest in the flesh.”. “GREAT IS THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH…”. 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