The Mystery of Godliness
1 Tim. 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.
In this text, the source of godliness is examined. Godliness, true inner spiritual piety, awe and reverence towards God, which would be truely mysterious to those who do not posess it and which are only concerned with outward religious forms or those who fear not God, and also mysterious to those who do posses it but are uninformed from the gospel as to its source and therefore mysterious to both groups, is revealed to be the One who is God manifest in the flesh, who was justified in the Spirit, was seen of angels of both the heavenly and earthly kinds but particularly the earthly kind as they then preached it unto the Gentiles who then believed in this same One who was also received up into glory. The solution to the mystery godliness is none other that Jesus Christ who dwells within us, giving us a new heart and mind and is the source of true inner piety, love and devotion to God in all fear and reverence.