1Ti 3:16 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.
CEV-1Ti 3:16 Here is the great mystery of our religion: Christ came as a human. The Spirit proved that he pleased God, and he was seen by angels. Christ was preached to the nations. People in this world put their faith in him, and he was taken up to glory.
The Greek for Mystery and Manifest From Mounces dictionary
μυστήριον mystērion 28x
a matter to the knowledge of which initiation is necessary;
a secret which would remain such but for revelation, Mat_3:11; Rom_11:25; Col_1:26;
a concealed power or principle, 2Th_2:7;
a hidden meaning of a symbol, Rev_1:20; Rev_17:7 mystery; secret.
φανερόω phaneroō 49x
to bring to light, to set in a clear light;
to manifest, display, Joh_2:11; Joh_7:4; Joh_9:3;
to show, Rom_1:19; 2Co_7:12;
to declare, make known, Joh_17:6;
to disclose, Mar_4:22; 1Co_4:5; Col_4:4;
to reveal, Rom_3:21; Rom_16:26; Col_1:26;
to present to view, Joh_21:1; Joh_21:14;
pass. to make an appearance, Mar_16:12; Mar_16:14;
spc. of Christ, to be personally manifested, Joh_1:31; Col_3:4; 1Pe_1:20; 1Pe_5:4; 1Jn_3:5;
to be laid bare, appear in true character, 2Co_5:10-11 appear; disclose; reveal.
Without getting mystical, these two words are full of revelation. The greatest revelation of all, Jesus Christ now is Manifest.
Beloved if our Lord is manifest, it is still our job to tell this secret , this revelation, that Jesus is alive and he is lord of lords.
I ask, when is the last time you made known to sinners this great mystery, when is the last time you talked to someone at a store or in public the Good news. To sinners it is at first Bad news, why? Conviction. How could one feel good news until first convicted of sin?
Your are His mouth, his hands, his feet, his reflection of the image of Christ.
After the conviction if a sinner repents the .load is lifted and they are set free. When is the last tie you showed someone this freedom, this Joy, but also the responsibility to walk in the Spirit?
Salvation is a free gift, discipleship costs us everything, the word disciple means in the Greek discipline. If we are not chastised by the lord we are not his children, but are bastards, as the KJV puts it, I, Greek- illegitimate, not one of his. The good news to us the disciples is no matter how hard things get, no matter how the world is falling apart before our eyes, no matter if we are being chastened for our good we have hope, the fact your having battles, and are at times under chastisement is the very proof you are one of the Manifest one Jesus Christ.
Are you perplexed about things? Are you in wonder about certain things in your life, this beloved is the school of Christ. WE have manifest hope, manifest glory and a lord manifest to step in, in his time not ours. Why do good people, Christians suffer? That is the question of the ages.
I conclude with a few words from Austin T Sparks.
Very often it may seem but poor comfort to us in times of suffering,
times of trial, times of adversity, times when Satan is pressing hard,
to be told that, while we can see nothing of the meaning of all this,
God is instructing angels, and that principalities and powers are
deriving the benefit of it all. We do not draw a great deal of comfort
from that, but if we understood I think we would realize that, while
we may not at such times be fulfilling a very big ministry on the
earth, there is a big ministry going on towards principalities and
powers through our instrumentality. Do not think that running about
taking meetings, and doing work for the Lord, is the only kind of
ministry that members of the Church can fulfill. Ministry may be
equally being fulfilled when these things have been brought to a
standstill, and all earthly activities for the Lord stopped, and we
are in one of these painful periods of inaction.
Do not conclude that because of such inaction no ministry is being
rendered, or that everything of that kind is cut off at such a time.
Here is the word: "...that NOW unto the principalities and the powers
in heavenly places might be made known through the Church the manifold
wisdom of God" - not in the coming age, but now. They are learning
from the Lord, by reason of those very difficult and trying
experiences through which the Lord is taking us, what He is doing in
By T. Austin-Sparks from: The Battle for Life - Chapter 4
Austin-Sparks.Net - Chapter 4 - Fellowship Between Christ ...
Reading: John 17 Keeping this chapter well before us, let us turn to two other passages: "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness ...
Until nest time the lord bless you, the lord anoint you and may the lord bring you comfort.
I love you all beloved.
Evangelist-Pastor Dr Dan Abaldo-Dean