1 Timothy 3:14-16
14 I hope I can come to you soon. But now I am writing these directions to you. 15 Then if I have to put off my visit, you will know how you should act in God’s family. The family of God is the church of the living God. It is the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16 There is no doubt that godliness is a great mystery. Jesus appeared in a body. The Holy Spirit proved that he was the Son of God. He was seen by angels. He was preached among the nations. People in the world believed in him. He was taken up to heaven in glory.
Timothy was not just Paul’s favour student, but also the “true son in the faith” (Tim1:2). Paul loved him very much and wanted to spend more time with him and the church in the future. He writes to Timothy and the church so that they will know how they ought to conduct themselves in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
Paul, at the mention of the living God, couldn’t stop himself breaking into poetry to praise the Lord about how amazing the revelation/secret and how great He is!
HE appeared in the flesh,
was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.
The challenge of this passage to me is:
1. Do I really understand “how great You are”?
2. Do I care about the household of God?
3. Do I like to share/teach how great is my God?
Dear Lord, thank you for your love by setting up the church in the world. I love to stay in Your household forever. Thank you Jesus for revealing yourself in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among Gentiles, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. All the glory is yours. Amen
Written by Allen Leu