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The Great Mystery of Godliness!

Scripture reading for June 29th: 1st Kings 8, Psalm 30, 1st Timothy 3

Key Scriptures:  1st Timothy 3:14-16 “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.  Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:  He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.”

Paul was writing to help Timothy understand how to behave in Christ’s “household”, the Church!  The Church of Jesus Christ is likened to a building held up by a single pillar–the Truth of God’s Word and Son, Jesus Christ.  God revealed the “mystery of godliness” by sending His own Son in human flesh.  He vindicated Him by resurrection through the power of the Holy Spirit and the witness of the Spirit on Christ Jesus without limit.  His Name is proclaimed among all nations and He is believed on in the world.

1st Kings 8:10 “And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.” 

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, You alone are the pillar and ground of Truth, the living Word of God.  Help me to hold this mystery with worship and awe of Your unsurpassing glory and godliness.

Psalm 30:4  “Sing praises to the Lord, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy Name.”

 

 

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The obedience of faith!

Scripture reading for June 12th:  Proverbs 19-21, Psalm 40, Romans 16

Key Scriptures:  Romans 16:25-27 “Now to Him Who is able to strengthen you according to my Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writing has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith–to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.  

Paul closed out his letter to the Roman believers with a benediction blessing.  All glory goes to Jesus Christ and God His Father for their wisdom and revelation of God’s great plan of salvation.  This plan was kept secret for long ages but was revealed by the prophets and their writings and now through the preaching of Jesus Christ.  Jesus preached God’s eternal Word and through that Gospel of repentance He brings faith to all nations of men enabling them to obey God and become His children.  To God be glory through Jesus Christ!

Psalm 40:3 “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”  

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I give all glory to You and my heavenly Father for the Gospel I received by the preaching of  God’s eternal Word, Jesus Christ.  Anoint me with the Holy Spirit today and with boldness to declare the Gospel to all You put in my path.  You are my precious Treasure!

Proverbs 21:20-21 “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.  Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.” 

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Thankful for Revealed Secrets!

Scripture reading for February 24th:  Deuteronomy 25-29

Key Scriptures:  Deuteronomy 29:29  “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”  

God made a covenant with His people.  He had them recite the blessings that would overtake them if they obeyed God’s law.  He had another group recite the curses that would come after them if they disobeyed and broke the covenant.  This covenant truth was for God’s people then and for all generations.  The Law revealed God’s holiness and love for His people, calling them to live by faith in every Word and ultimately in Jesus Christ!

Rejoice in the ‘mystery’ revealed:  God, in Christ Jesus, revealed the mystery of salvation for Jew and Gentile through faith in Christ’s shed blood!  “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given to me:  to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for past ages was kept hidden in God, who created all things.”  (Ephesians 3:8-9)

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Christ in You–the Hope of Glory!

Scripture reading for September 7th:  Colossians 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Colossians 1:24-27  “Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of His body, which is the Church.  I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness–the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations but is now disclosed to the saints.  To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Paul rejoiced as he suffered in jail for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He rejoiced that he had the privilege to serve Christ’s body, the Church, through preaching the full word of God and suffering in his flesh!  He had held nothing back so that their faith would rest on the firm foundation of God’s word and the faith that came from hearing it.  There was a mystery that had been hidden from other generations and the Jews that God now revealed to all those “saints” who trusted in Christ.  This “mystery” was that Christ Jesus would live in each believer through the indwelling Holy Spirit and revealing the glory of Christ in ever increasing measure.

Observations for over-comers:  We are the temple of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, who indwells us and sets us apart to enjoy His presence and glory forever!  “I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”  As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all My delight.” (Psalm 16:2-3)

 

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The Hope of Glory!

Scripture reading for December 3rd: Colossians 1-4

Jesus Christ is the most important person in the entire universe!  He is the firstborn Son of God and is over all creation! (Colossians 1:15)  He is the head of all authority in heaven and on earth!  He created all things and holds it all together!  He existed before everything that was made and is clearly supreme in every way!

Jesus Christ is the head of the church, His body on earth and in heaven.  He birthed the church by dying sacrificially on the cross in order to redeem all mankind who would believe on Him.  He was also the firstborn from the dead by resurrection! (Colossians 1:19-20)  He reconciled us to God the Father, making peace through His own blood shed on the cross!  He now lives in us by the Holy Spirit who marks us as belonging to the Father.  This truth was a mystery hidden in God before Christ was revealed.  Now this mystery has been revealed through the Gospel and is available to Jews and Gentiles alike!

“I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness–the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.  To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 2:26-27)

The greatest riches in the universe is Christ Jesus!  Having Christ in us brings joy, peace with God, and an unbelievable inheritance! Paul calls this inheritance the “hope of glory”!  Hope is a firm expectation of coming good!  It is not some vaporous thought that maybe something will happen.  Hope doesn’t disappoint us because we know this glory is coming!   When we see Him, we shall be like Him in glory!  (1st John 3:2-3)  This hope causes us to purify our lives and live a righteous life of obedient faith.

Christmas is coming!  The best gift anyone could ever receive is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”!  Why not pray about sharing Christ with those you love who do not know Him?  Pray like Paul in Colossians 4:3-6 that you may have an open door, proclaim the message clearly, and be wise!

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The hope of Glory!

Scripture reading for October 5th: Colossians 1:20-2:7

The Colossians came from a Gentile background.  They were alienated from God because of their lack of understanding about Him and His holy character.  Paul came to them and preached the Gospel of Christ.  It was through Christ’s death on the cross, burial and resurrection that these Gentiles had been reconciled to God.  Through faith they had been washed of their sins and made holy and blameless in Christ’s sight.  (Colossians 1:21-23)

Paul told these believers that he was a servant of the Gospel.  Christ had commissioned him to present them with the word of God in its fullness.  Paul was glad to do this, even suffering for the sake of the church like Christ Himself did.   “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.” (Colossians 1:27-28)  The Gospel is good news for all mankind!  It is a simple message that reveals Christ as the Son of God and Savior of men.  Those who trust in Him receive the gift of Christ living in them by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the hope of our future glorification!

Paul wanted no one to perish, but all to be complete in Christ.  He wrote and taught about Christ and struggled in prayer for believers because he had the heart of God for them.  God wanted them all complete in Christ as well.  But there were other voices competing for the attention of these believers.  The false teachers had some slick arguments and enticing stories that could deceive those ignorant of the Truth.

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” They must grow in their relationship with Christ and become deeply connected with Him through the word and prayer, staying true to the basic teachings of Christ with thankful hearts.  This is sound advice for each of us today.  Many leave the faith to follow other ways that sound good but lead them astray.  The mystery is simple:  Christ in you, the hope of glory!

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The unsearchable riches of Christ!

Scripture reading for September 24th: Ephesians 3:1-21

Paul experienced God’s grace first-hand.  He was  Jew who had persecuted the church and imprisoned those who believed in Jesus Christ.  Jesus found him on the Damascus road and graciously blinded him in order to open his eyes to God’s purpose of preaching to the Gentiles.   (Acts 9:11-15)  This concept that God would save both Jew and Gentile was a mystery that had been hidden and was now revealed by God through the Gospel.

“Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.  His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.  In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians 3:8-12)

The ‘unsearchable riches of Christ’ was the term Paul used for God’s gift of eternal life to all who would believe the Gospel.  No one can yet fully explain or comprehend all that God has prepared for those who love Him!  (1st Corinthians 2:8-9)   God has given us the Holy Spirit and opened our eyes in revelation knowledge to glimpses of these riches.  We have forgiveness of our sins and adoption in God’s family.  We have been given an eternal inheritance as and heir of God through Jesus Christ.  We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  (Ephesians 1:3)  We have the surety or down payment of that inheritance in the person of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13)  So much more could be written that these riches are truly unsearchable this side of heaven!

Paul also stated that God’s purpose was that through the church to make know this manifold wisdom to the rulers and authorities in heavenly places.  God’s grace can only be experienced by human beings who are saved by faith.  Our lives and works will bring glory to God and understanding of God’s goodness to both the good authorities (angels) and the evil (demons).  What a privilege to be a small part of God’s wonderful plan and purpose!

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The Hope of Glory! (Christ in You)

Scripture reading for October 5th: Colossians 1:20-2:7

The Colossians came from a Gentile background.  They were alienated from God because of their lack of understanding about Him and His holy character.  Paul came to them and preached the Gospel of Christ.  It was through Christ’s death on the cross, burial and resurrection that these Gentiles had been reconciled to God.  Through faith they had been washed of their sins and made holy and blameless in Christ’s sight.  (Colossians 1:21-23)

Paul told these believers that he was a servant of the Gospel.  Christ had commissioned him to present them with the word of God in its fullness.  Paul was glad to do this, even suffering for the sake of the church like Christ Himself did.   “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.” (Colossians 1:27-28)  The Gospel is good news for all mankind!  It is a simple message that reveals Christ as the Son of God and Savior of men.  Those who trust in Him receive the gift of Christ living in them by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the hope of our future glorification!

Paul wanted no one to perish, but all to be complete in Christ.  He wrote and taught about Christ and struggled in prayer for believers because he had the heart of God for them.  God wanted them all complete in Christ as well.  But their were other voices competing for the attention of these believers.  The false teachers had some slick arguments and enticing stories that could deceive those ignorant of the Truth.

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” They must grow in their relationship with Christ and become deeply connected with Him through the word and prayer, staying true to the basic teachings of Christ with thankful hearts.  This is sound advice for each of us today.  Many leave the faith to follow other ways that sound good but lead them astray.  The mystery is simple:  Christ in you, the hope of glory!

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The Church: Bride of Christ!

Scripture reading for December 2nd: Ephesians 1-6

Ephesians is one of the most encouraging epistles of Paul.  Written from prison, Paul shares the mystery of the church as the bride of Christ with all who read this letter.  The letter is written , “To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 1:1)   All who believe in Jesus Christ are considered “saints”, those set apart for the master’s use.  Each saint was chosen by Jesus and blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms through relationship with Him.  (Ephesians 1:3-14)  Believers have been lavished with God’s grace through forgiveness of sins and adoption as sons.  They have had the mystery of His will revealed to them.  They have a down payment of future blessedness, the promised Holy Spirit!

Paul prays two beautiful prayers for the saints recorded in Ephesians 1:15-19 and 3:14-21.  These prayers are models for our praying for spiritual insight into who we are in Christ and what He has given us.  Christ’s love for those He has chosen is so high and long and wide and deep that only by personal revelation can it be fathomed!  Paul bowed his knees before the Father in prayer and worship, praying from the depth of his heart.  What encouragement for us to know that we have been prayed for in this manner!  To consider that God can do “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to the power at work in us,” (Ephesians 3:20) is exciting and opens up a new world for us.

Paul deals with practical matters of human relationships, including husbands and wives.  Mutual submission to each other out of respect for Christ is a great foundation for marriage.  (Ephesians 5:21)  Wives should submit to their husbands as to Christ.  Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church and laid His life down for her.  Paul states that these thoughts are a profound mystery!  (Ephesians 5:32)  Christ is the husband of His bride, the church and loves her as His own body!  He is one with the church as a husband is one with his wife.  Christ must be submitted to and reverenced by the church as the wife is to submit to and reverence her husband.

May we ponder this mystery today and apply the truths to our daily lives.  Marriages are to be visual aides to understand Christ and the Church.

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