S – 16 And most certainly, the mystery of godliness is great:
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated in the Spirit,
seen by angels,
preached among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.
1 Timothy 3:16 CSB
• mystery of our faith (or mystery of godliness): See note on 2:2.
• Christ (literally He who; other manuscripts read God): Jesus Christ is the only source of godliness. • vindicated by the Spirit (or vindicated in his spirit): Christ’s resurrection (Rom 1:4) answers the apparent weakness of his life and death as a human, and affirms his teaching.
• seen by angels: This emphasizes Jesus’ sovereign rule in the heavenly realm (see also Eph 1:21; Phil 2:9–11; Heb 1:3–4; 1 Pet 3:22; Rev 5:8–14).
• announced to the nations: Christ’s provision of salvation and sovereign rule must be proclaimed and accepted in the earthly realm as well (cp. 2:1–7).
• believed in throughout the world: The mission to the nations is successful, but it does not guarantee universal acceptance.
• Christ was taken to heaven (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:2, 11, 22) and was exalted in glory (cp. Acts 7:55–56). Christ’s saving work is crowned with success in the world and with glory in heaven.
New Living Translation Study Bible
A – It is refreshing and humbling to see the work of Jesus laid out like this. God has a plan. When you look at each of these qualities of God’s “mystery,” it is amazing to see the results. Yet, it came at a great price. One that was sealed with Christ’s obedience and submission to go through. I need to recognize His plan and purpose today. And, be submitted to obey.
R – Lord, help me to do this.