1 Timothy 3:14-16 (JDV)
1 Timothy 3:14 I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you in a short time.
1 Timothy 3:15 But if I should be delayed, I have written so that you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the congregation of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
1 Timothy 3:16 And most certainly, the mystery of godliness is great: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Breath,1 seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
A mystery is a person or event that can only be explained with reference to the supernatural. Jesus is such a mystery. His congregation is God’s household — God’s family on earth. We have been tasked with declaring that mystery to the nations.
Our conduct is how we win an audience with the nations in order to fulfill that mission. We must display godliness in our natural lives in order to draw attention to his supernatural display of godliness.
LORD, give us the courage to conduct ourselves with dignity so that the world knows that what we say about you is true.
1 πνεῦμα = breath. 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1.