Sunday, August 5, 2012


"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. 3:16).

"And without controversy - ὁμολογουμένως (homologoumenōs), "agreed upon unanimously"

great is the mystery - μέγα μυστήριον (mega mystērion) "a great hidden truth"

of godliness - εὐσεβείας (eusebeia):  "God-likeness, holy"

God was manifest - Θεὸς ἐφανερώθη (Theos phaneroō) "made known"

in the flesh - σαρκί (sarx), "human flesh and bones"

justified - ἐδικαιώθη (dikaioō) "to declare righteous"

in the Spirit - πνεύματι (pneuma), "the Holy Spirit"

seen of angels - ἀγγέλοις (aggelos), "angels"

preached - ἐκηρύχθη (kēryssō) "proclaimed"

unto the Gentiles - ἔθνεσιν  (ethnos), "all non-Jews"

believed - ἐπιστεύθη (pisteuōon) "confident of a thing being true"

in the world - κόσμῳ (kosmos), "the physical planet"

received up - ἀνελήφθη (analambanō) "to be raised up"

into glory - δόξῃ (doxa). "heaven"

"There is no doubt that the truth about Jesus is hidden from the lost, but that He was God in the flesh, He was declared the Righteous One by the Spirit, His display of sacrificial love was witnessed by the angel, His Gospel was offered to the Gentiles and accepted by many, all before His Ascension back into heaven" (Skip's paraphrase of 1 Timothy 3:16).


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