1 Timothy 3:16

“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 Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

Bible commentary

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.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 3:16

  • God is in Christ reconciling the world to himself
  • God manifest in the flesh. 1 timothy 3:16
  • Stephen B for verse 16
    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.
  • Trinitarian Alert: No one has seen God at ANY time. John 1:18 God is Spirit.
  • 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 for verse 16
    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 him.so 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.

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