March 23, 2022 – 1 Timothy 3: 14-16 – The Mystery of our Religion

Today we are reading from 1 Timothy 3: 14-16:

14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, 15 if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth. 16 Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion
is great:
He was revealed in flesh,
    vindicated in spirit,
        seen by angels,
proclaimed among Gentiles,
    believed in throughout the world,
        taken up in glory.

I love this passage.  In fact, we will be using part of this passage in worship this Sunday as our Affirmation of Faith.  This passage so beautifully talks about who Jesus is.  He was revealed in the flesh, in other words, made fully human.  

Vindicated, shown to be right, perfect, and sinless by the Holy Spirit.  

Seen by angles, and proclaimed to Gentile, and ascended to heaven.  

God in the flesh, the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world.  Our savior, Lord, God, and Messiah.  We know these things. We believe these things. We claim these things.  But we do not fully understand these things. They are a mystery. They are the things of God. That is why it is faith.  

If it was able to be understood, it would not be faith.  Mysteries must be believed, they are not always able to be understood.  Great is the mystery of our faith.  

That is why it is faith.  If you wait to believe until everything makes sense, you will never believe.  Faith is looking at the mystery of it all, and saying to yourself, I don’t understand it, but I do believe it. 

The mystery of our faith is just that.  A mystery.  And it is a blessing.  

May we always, before all else, be a people of faith, and hold tight to it, even when we don’t understand.  

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