I Timothy 3:16

Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion.

The mystery of godliness. They mystery of Christian faith.

God has become man. The Creator, manifested in the flesh. He suffered and died. Vindicated in the spirit: He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, body and soul. The angels behold and praise the eternal Word, made flesh in time. Heaven has Jesus at the center.

The Church of Christ proclaims Christ to all the nations. The Christian people have believed. We believe in God. We believe in God made man, the conqueror of human sin and death, the source of all glory, in Whom we share a glorious destiny.

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They mystery of faith. We cannot explain the absolute unity of the three distinct divine Persons. We cannot explain the absolute unity of the divine and human natures of the Son of God. These mysteries, Trinity and Incarnation, surpass all human understanding. By them, God has revealed His own life and love; He has opened His Heart.

But we can explain this: Our faith rests in Jesus Christ. He’s real. He lives. He is our way to God; He is our God.

We hope in Him. In this world, we will have troubles. We will fight to apparent stalemates with evil. But He has overcome the world. He has brought the highest good out of what looked like defeat at Satan’s hands.

We behold the mystery of devotion–God crucified–and we recognize: This is how much we human beings have failed. Human affairs have gone awry. We have fallen into unfathomable wrongness.

But God does not fail. And He became a human being, to redeem all human beings from the failures of the human race. Compared to Jesus Christ, measured by His cross, we obviously stink. But He did not become one of us to stand against us; He became one of us to stand with us. So, yes, compared to Christ crucified, we have no love, we have no goodness; we stink. But with Christ crucified, we have love, we have goodness; we don’t stink.

3 thoughts on “I Timothy 3:16

  1. The mystery of faith…yet, we believe without reservation…Father, Son and Holy Spirit…may our lives reflect our faith. Amen.

  2. “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul resigns himself to his suffering and persecution for the sake of the Savior and His Gospel, which Paul was chosen specifically to proclaim to all of the Father’s children. Not so much has changed in twenty centuries. It seems the Church grows strong in suffering and weakens with pride. Maybe our present pain is a reminder that many souls are saved when we bear witness (marturia) to the Truth with our very lives, if necessary. In our conflicted and comfortable existence, we can often grow complacent. If we miss an opportunity for reform, our Father will send….more opportunities. May Holy Spirit guide us to reform more out of love than fear.

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