1 Timothy 3:16

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And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

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Other Translations of 1 Timothy 3:16

And without controuersie, great is the mysterie of godlinesse: God was manifest in the flesh, iustified in the Spirit, seene of Angels, preached vnto the Gentiles, beleeued on in the world, receiued vp into glory.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the spirit, Seen of angels, Preached among the nations, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And without argument, great is the secret of religion: He who was seen in the flesh, who was given God's approval in the spirit, was seen by the angels, of whom the good news was given among the nations, in whom the world had faith, who was taken up in glory.
- Basic English Bible

And confessedly the mystery of piety is great. God has been manifested in flesh, has been justified in [the] Spirit, has appeared to angels, has been preached among [the] nations, has been believed on in [the] world, has been received up in glory.
- Darby Bible

And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
- Webster's Bible

And, beyond controversy, great is the mystery of our religion-- that Christ appeared in human form, and His claims justified by the Spirit, was seen by angels and proclaimed among Gentile nations, was believed on in the world, and received up again into glory.
- Weymouth Bible

Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory.
- World English Bible

And opynli it is a greet sacrament of pitee, that thing that was schewid in fleisch, it is iustified in spirit, it apperid to aungels, it is prechid to hethene men, it is bileuyd in the world, it is takun vp in glorie.
- Wycliffe Bible

and, confessedly, great is the secret of piety -- God was manifested in flesh, declared righteous in spirit, seen by messengers, preached among nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory!
- Youngs Literal Bible


Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:16

3:16 The mystery of godliness - Afterwards specified in six articles, which sum up the whole economy of Christ upon earth. Is the pillar and ground - The foundation and support of all the truth taught in his church. God was manifest in the flesh - In the form of a servant, the fashion of a man, for three and thirty years. Justified by the Spirit - Publicly declared to be the Son of God, by his resurrection from the dead. Seen - Chiefly after his resurrection. By angels - Both good and bad. Preached among the gentiles - This elegantly follows. The angels were the least, the gentiles the farthest, removed from him; and the foundation both of this preaching and of their faith was laid before his assumption. Was believed on in the world - Opposed to heaven, into which he was taken up. The first point is, He was manifested in the flesh; the last, He was taken up into glory.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:16

1Ti 3:16 Without controversy. Undoubtedly. Great is the mystery of godliness. The mystery that God has revealed to us in the gospel in order to make men godly. The great things revealed in this mystery are next named, certainly wonderful things, well called "great". Six elements enter into this mystery of godliness, elements all of which were fully revealed in the gospel. The mystery is not something incomprehensible, but the hidden wisdom of God revealed in the gospel; a sense similar to that in which mystery is always used in the Scriptures. Compare Mt 13:11 Re 1:20 17:5,7. God was manifest in the flesh. Was manifested in Jesus Christ. Justified in the Spirit. When, after his condemnation to death, the power of God raised him from the dead. Seen of angels. The angels were at the open tomb and told the women of his resurrection. Preached unto the Gentiles. A wonderful fact in the mind of a Jew like Paul, who had been trained to believe that the Gentiles were accursed. Received up into glory. At the Ascension.


Comments for 1 Timothy 3:16

Stephen B's comment on 2015-02-19 21:28:53:

There is only ONE GOD: the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and of all mankind. This One God, the I AM, is manifested revealed to mankind as FATHER Creator , SON Savior 1 Jn.5:20 , and HOLY GHOST indwelling Spirit Rom. 8:11 . God is a Spirit John 4:24 , the Eternal One, the Creator of all things, and of all men. Thus making Him their Father through creation Matt. 1:18-23 . Jesus is the Christ Matt. 16:16 . Jesus is the Creator of all things Col. 1:16, 17 Jn.1:10 Isa.40:28 . Jesus is God with us Matt. 1:23 . Jesus is God made flesh John 1:1-14 . Jesus is God manifested in the flesh 1 Tim. 3:16 . Jesus is He which was, which is, and which is to come, THE ALMIGHTY Rev. 1:8 Isa. 9:6 . To this, Jesus Himself testified when He said: He that hath seen me hath seen the Father John hi 2:10 . The LORD is the FIRST and the LAST, and beside Him there is no God Isa. 44:6 .There was no according to the flesh Rom. l:3 . Jesus is the very God Himself according to the 14:7-11 .Since it took shedding of blood for the remission forgiveness of the GOD FORMED before him, neither shall there be after Him Isa. 43:10 . Jesus is the SON of God sins of the world Heb. 9:22 , God as the Father, being a Spirit, had no blood to shed so He prepared a body of flesh and blood Heb. 10:5 , that He might fulfill the prophecy of Isa.43:11, Beside ME there is no SAVIOUR .JESUS is the one and only true GOD.God is my Father,But JESUS is his name.


Grant's comment on 2015-01-04 13:53:24:

Trinitarian Alert: No one has seen God at ANY time. John 1:18 God is Spirit.


JAYTEE's comment on 2014-10-12 19:18:32:

no GOD Spirit Jehovah was manifested in the flesh. The new translation say He was manifested... King James says GOD. If you look at three into one trinity youl get troubled. YHWH was there came and wear the body of JESUS. Too much explanation based on carnal thoughts.


Viviane's comment on 2014-10-05 21:43:21:

The first time i saw this scripture,i knew is was a deep revelation from God and i find it after listen to a preacher who was saying that God was not wrapped in the flesh,instead he was saying that Jesus was wrapped in the flesh,but not God.i was so confused that day and like usually,i asked for my Lord to show me the answer,first,my Lord took me to John 1,1 14 and then he took me to 1John4,1 4 and then to tim1,16,where i finilly found the mystery of Godliness,the same day i ask to speak with the pastor for clarification,but i was not able to speak to him,they didn 't let me speak to i call another preacher of the same church,who told me that the godliness timothy is talking about is Men,that became like God,i asked twice,that what you said,he said the scripture was not talking about God,but Men made in the image of God.but is simple,why are trying to twist the word of GOD when is appear so real.God was made flesh,by jesus our Lord,and the spirit of God was in him,so he was God made flesh.this scripture is a revelation for those who still think that Jesus Christ is not one with God,and thanks for Annette,who just open my mind again,which Isaiah 9 6 who explains again that God was made flesh trough Christ.


D's comment on 2014-06-11 05:16:41:

Jesus is god mainifested in flesh. God prepaired a body for himself to reconcile the world unto him self. In Isaiah God said he would not share his glory with anyone else and that there is no God formed before and after him. That there is no savior besides himself. That he crerated the heavans and the world alone and by himself. That he is the beggining and the end. In Revalations Jesus says hes the alpha and omega, the beggining and end. That he will be our God and we will be his sons. Thus the trinity is robing God of his glory. Jesus is the everlasting father, the mighty God. For there is no other name given unto man for us to be saved Acts 4 12


Jimi Vicencio's comment on 2014-01-29 10:31:44:

Absolutely, God in flesh!!!


David O Uduma's comment on 2013-10-13 16:06:34:

Disputing 1 Tim 3:16 is an evidence of the strtgles that started between Sarah's son (Isaace) & Hagar's Son (Ishmeal). Jesus said that he is God - Mat 18: 20- claims to be Present everywhere, John 10 :30-33 - He is one with the Father; therefore he is God. John 14 :7-11 - To see & to know Him is to See & know the Father. John 10 :5-8- He uses the title ' I AM via Ex 3: 14. He clain to be King and final JUGDE Mt 25 vs 31 -46


Steven Samson's comment on 2013-09-18 08:36:36:

I believe 1Timothy 3:16 as "G-d revealed in the flesh. eg. Isaiah 9:6 where Jesus is referred to as the "Mighty G-d", Revelation1:8 Jesus is the Alpha & Omega,(The first and the Last) which can only applied to the Almighty G-d. and the "Almighty G-d" in the same verse is applied to Jesus. See also Genesis Chapter 18 where one of the three men is Jehovah.C/F John 4:24;5:37; Coll. 2:8-9
Good for discussion.


Annette's comment on 2013-09-04 21:36:08:

For the person who wrote "who", what do you do with Isaiah 9:6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be on his shoulder and his name shall called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Almighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


Aaron's comment on 2013-08-19 15:08:07:

God was shown in the flesh, Jesus was filled without measure with Gods Spirit, thierfor he never sined, the angles seen,brought the new covenant to save the gentiles also, many believed and his spirit in a new body was taken up in heavan . Jesus isn't his own father its God in the Father. its God in the Son, and its God in the Spirit


Doug L.'s comment on 2013-06-14 00:09:30:

Christ is GOD. There should be no doubt! The explaining away and changing of words by modern scholars has corrupted the new bibles and caused many to weaken their faith. The older versions - KJV and older are correct!!! Modern teachers who want to change this version and older translations are wolves in sheep's clothing. Just like Satan attacked the Word of God in Genesis 3 in the beginning, so too the modern scholars and teachers are doing the exact same! Woe to our unbelieving mondern day churches, they are lukewarm and out of touch with the fact that God's Word is absolute truth - infallible. They have lost their faith in the Word of God.


Farm Nelson's comment on 2013-02-25 19:46:24:

This helps me to understand better Jesus is God.


Jw's comment on 2012-09-17 19:31:06:

While he was examining the Alexandrine Manuscript in London (a Greek manuscript dating from the fifth century C.E., which contains most of the Bible), Wetstein made a startling discovery. Up till that time, according to the King James Version (1611), 1 Timothy 3:16 was rendered: “God was manifest in the flesh.” This rendering was reflected in most other Bibles in use.
However, Wetstein noticed that the Greek word translated “God,” which was abbreviated to ΘC, had originally looked like the Greek word OC, which means “who.” But a horizontal stroke showing through faintly from the other side of the vellum page, and the addition by a later hand of a line across the top, had turned the word OC (“who”) into the contraction ΘC (“God”)


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