The Mystery of Godliness (2 of 2) by J. Gerald Harris

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The Mystery of Godliness (2 of 2)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I Timothy 3:14-16

Our text answers a very important question for us. The question is: "How are we to behave as the children of God?" or "How can we live godly lives?" Surely we desire that. We do not want to live as unregenerate people. We do not want to go the way of this world. We do not want to have the stamp of the depraved, the deluded, and the degenerate upon our lives. That is not God's way.

In our text, Paul tell 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.

I Peter 1:3 says, "Jesus Christ, according to his divine power, hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness."

Someone has said, "His power is all that it takes to be godly, but it takes nothing less." It is the power of the indwelling Christ that enables us to be pure and good.

Our text speaks of the greatness of Christ. Six statements are made to declare His greatness. Last week we considered three of them. Before we focus upon the next three, let's take a moment to review. First of all, we discovered that

This speaks of the incarnation. Jesus was God wrapped up in a human form. Matthew 1:23 says, "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us" -- that is, God manifested in the flesh.

Dr. James Montgomery Boyce is the pastor of the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a book entitled "The Christ of Christmas." In this book he makes some marvelous statements about the birth of Jesus Christ, about the incarnation.
1. He says that Jesus underwent a human birth so that we who believe on Him might have a heavenly birth.
2. Jesus took His place in a manger in a stable so that we migh ...

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