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The Mystery of Godliness (1 of 2)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I Timothy 3:14-16
Our text answers a very important question for us. The question is this: "How are we to behave as the children of God?" How can we live godly lives? Surely we desire that. We do not want to live as unregenerate folks. We do not want to go the way of this world. We don't want to have the stamp of the depraved, the deluded, and the immoral upon our lives. That is not God's way.
Jesus said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). In I Peter 1:16, God said, "Be ye holy; for I am holy."
Paul said in I Thessalonians 4:7, "For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." We're to be holy; we're to live godly lives; we're to walk circumspectly in this world -- but how are we to do it?
In our text, Paul tells us that the secret is Jesus Christ. The mystery, the secret, the hidden truth of how to live a godly life is bound up in Jesus Christ. The indwelling Christ gives grace and power for godly living.
In I Peter 1:3, the Bible says, "Jesus Christ, according to his divine power, hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness."
Ian Thomas says, "The moment you come to realize that only God can make a man godly, you are left with no option but to find God and to know God and to let God be God in you and through you...."
It must be His life in me living; His love in me loving; His mind in me thinking -- this is my hope of being what I ought to be. Someone has said, "His divine power is all that it takes to be godly -- but it takes nothing less."
Would you live for Jesus
And be always pure and good?
Would you walk with Him
Within the narrow road?
Would you have Him bear your burden,
Carry all your load?
Let Him have His way with thee.
His pow'r can make you
What you ought to be;
His blood can cleanse your heart
And make you free;
His love can fill your soul,
And you will s ...
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