The Mystery of Godliness
Snyder October 2004
But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the
hidden wisdom, which God predestined
before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this
age has understood; for if they had understood it,
they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1 Cor 2:7-8
. That their hearts may
be knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth
that comes from the full
assurance of understanding, resulting in a
true knowledge of
God's mystery, that is Christ Himself
in whom are hidden all
the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
And by common confession
the mystery of Godliness
He who was revealed in
Was vindicated in the
Beheld by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory. . 1 Tim.3:16
Godliness--- 2150 eusebeia,
meaning piety, godliness, holiness. You can substitute the word holiness
for godliness in any of these passages. This is about Jesus: then, it is
about Jesus in us.
1. HE -------who was revealed in
This has to do with heavenly reality in
earthly realms. HE (Jesus, the Word, who eternally existed and
created the worlds) became "clothed" in flesh
and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as the only begotten
from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
This passage uses "grace and truth" to describe His glory. This is
how those heavenly qualities were revealed in flesh. Everything recorded
about Him, is His actual "revealing in the flesh".
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in
bodily form. Col. 2:9
He continues to be revealed in the flesh
through His saints. That is the mystery which
has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been
manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the
riches of the glory of the mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in
You, the hope of glory. Col. 1:26-27
2. HE--------who was vindicated in
Vindicated---1344 dikaioo to render, show
or regard as just or innocent, free, justify, be righteous (from the root
of justice). Consequently we could translate this as:
"He, who was rendered, or regarded as
just and righteous in the Spirit".
We see this rendering at His baptism.
And John bore witness saying, "I have beheld the
Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him, this
is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit. John 1:32
This was the physical manifestation of God’s approval, but He has
also made “us” just (innocent) and righteous.
Yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshy body through death in order to
present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach. Col 1:22
3. HE -------who was beheld by
Beheld 3700 optomai to gaze
(i.e. with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable) Do you remember how
the angels sang at His birth?
Luke 2:13-14 And suddenly
there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising
God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among
men with whom He is pleased."
All of the major events in His
life were with angelic interaction. Think of His conception, birth,
resurrection, ascension, and even the second coming. Regarding angels and
us, Luke 15:10 tells us that:
“there is joy in the
presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents”.
4. HE------who was proclaimed
among the nations.
Simeon prophesied at Jesus temple
dedication that He would be:
light to the Gentiles". Lk 2:32
As John the Baptist began preaching the
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, it is recorded in Luke
3:4-6 that he was fulfilling Isaiah 40:3-6
"And all flesh shall see the salvation of God."
The proclaiming of Christ among the
nations officially began with the giving of the great commission. After
His ascension, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, it began to be
rapidly spread, and still continues today wherever the gospel is preached.
the gospel of Christ was proclaimed in all
creation under heaven”.
5. HE-------who was believed on
in the world (kosmos).
Read John 5:18 through chapter 7, as
treatise on believing.
Jesus teaches, and then builds a case for
believing on Him, based on
1. the witness of John, 2. works, 3. the
Father, 4. and scripture.
And Jesus said to Thomas
”Because you have seen Me, have you believed?
Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” Jn 20:29
When our testimony of Jesus, is believed
by others, and causes them to put their trust in Christ; the gospel has
been spread through us, and “He is believed on in the world”.
6. HE -----who was taken up in
Jesus spoke to the Pharisees
about this, saying; "For a little while longer I am with you, then I go
to Him who sent Me. You shall seek Me, and shall not find Me; and where I
am, you cannot come." John 7:33-344
Luke recorded the ascension
was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of
We too will be
revealed in glory like Christ for: “When
Christ, who is our life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with
Him in glory.” Col. 3:4
And we also shall be taken up in glory.
Then we who are alive and
remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the
Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.
2 Thes. 4:17
Our Hearts - His love
In regard to us, this mystery of
godliness starts with our hearts.
Col 2:2. That 1. their
hearts may be encouraged, 2. having been knit together in love,
3. and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of
understanding, 4. resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that
is Christ Himself in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and
This passage speaks of our high calling
in the corporate body. Notice the necessary steps to enter into HIM
through each other, on this deeper level.
1. Our hearts must be encouraged
to pursue Christ.
Our hearts are knit together in love.
This corporate love among us is the
doorway to the understanding of the spiritual wealth residing in Christ.
This results in a true knowledge of
God’s mystery----- Christ Himself.
Are you not tantalized to discover the
treasures in HIM? Doesn’t a lover long to make himself known, to share
himself, and discover the other person? Isn’t he distraught to find things
deliberately withheld? Isn’t our eternal occupation this discovery
of Christ Himself; and even our oneness with Him?
So that Christ may dwell
in your hearts through faith, and that you
being rooted and
grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breath, the
length, the height and depth, and to know the
love of Christ,
which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all fullness
of God. Eph 3:17
The Love of Christ is beyond knowledge,
because it is a different type of knowledge. It is spiritual; it is an
emersion. It causes you to be filled up to all fullness of God.
When this happens, you share His heart.
The first part of this verse tells us that
Christ dwells in our hearts through faith.
Faith is also a mystery.
Holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
1Corinthians 13, addresses the issue of
spiritual gifts, as well as faith, in this link of love..
v.2 And if I have the 1. gift of
prophecy, and 2.know all mysteries and 3.all knowledge; and if I 4.have
all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am
The spiritual gift of speaking in tongues
is your personal connection to mysteries,
When you speak in tongues to
God you speak mysteries in your spirit. Cor 14:2
On the other hand,
discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; v8 for bodily
discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for
all things,since it holds promise for the present life and also for the
life to come. 1Tim 4:7-9
But godliness actually is a
means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. 1 Tim.6:6 Here
Paul links godliness with spiritual gain. He names contentment as the key
to spiritual gain. This is because godliness can be without spiritual gain
if you are trusting in your own righteousness. The standard of
"contentment" will show us if our deeds toward God are coming from the
Holy Spirit's direction or from religious deception.
" For all of our righteousness’ are as
filthy rags." Isaiah 64:6
And pursue righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.