From 1 Timothy 3:14-16
The Lutheran Study Bible notes that these verses conclude the section on the Church’s organization. Specifically that “we are not free to amend or depart from God’s revealed will concerning the outward organization of His Church, because it is a pillar and buttress of the truth – the Church of the living God that confesses the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a fallen world.” We are called to live in a way that reflects our way because we, as the church of God Almighty, are the only thing lifting the truth of the Gospel out into the world. We share the mystery of godliness, the mysterious work of Jesus with a world that wouldn’t be able to find it on its own.
Paul recaps that mystery. That Jesus came as a person, was vindicated by the Holy Spirit, testified by angels, glorified in His ascension, and proclaimed by His church. That taking care of sin’s hold over us, making us holy and godly, doesn’t make perfect sense from a worldly perspective, hence the title of mystery.
Focus on God
We are reminded in these verses that God graciously saves us through the Gospel.
Function in Our Lives
We are encouraged to live as examples of the faith as much as we possibly can.
Topics to Pray About
- Thank God for His Gospel.
- Confess to God the times where you don’t live according to what you believe.
- Ask God to bless His church and its mission.
In His Service,