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 for 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

Bible Commentary for 1 Timothy 3:16

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

  • Wally on 1 Timothy 3:16
    God is in Christ reconciling the world to himself
  • Rhoda on 1 Timothy 3:16
    God manifest in the flesh. 1 timothy 3:16
  • JAYTEE on 1 Timothy 3:16
    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 on 1 Timothy 3:16
    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.
  • Albert - in Reply on 1 Timothy 3:16
    I just read your comment. God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world and received into glory. God did this all by Himself. God was manifest( made visible in the flesh of Jesus Christ). He is the Father of creation, the Son ( his flesh) in redemption; and the Holy Ghost in the church. The idea of a triune Godhead is not found in the Bible. Read Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 43:10-13; St. John 1:1-14; St. John 17:6; St. John 8:21-24; St. John 14:9-10; Luke 24:44; Colossians 1: 13-16; Hebrew 1:1-4; I John 1:1-3; Revelation 1:13-20; Revelation chapter 5. These are only a few of the scripture that validate the Oneness of God. God has many names and many attributes. He appeared in many theophanic forms in the Bible. But His greatest revelation to man was as the Man Christ Jesus. Jesus is His Saving Name. Jesus is God. God is Jesus. From Genesis to Revelation, there has only been one God, One Spirit, and One Savior. Ephesians 4:4-5 tells us that there is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. One God and Father of all...God does not have three personalities in His head. God is our savior; and He loved us so much that He was willing to die for us and rise again for our salvation. What an awesome God that we serve!
  • Mishael - in Reply on 1 Timothy 3:16
    Genesis 1:26 and 11:17. God spoke:

    LET US

    Either he was talking to himself or.....

    He was speaking to the Word

    Speaking to the Holy Spirit

    You wrote all that untruth for what?
  • Albert - in Reply on 1 Timothy 3:16
    In Ephesians 6:11 it reads: "In whom we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. God counsel himself. The only other beings present at man's creation were angels. "Hear O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD." Deuteronomy 6:4.
  • 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 on 1 Timothy 3:16
    Absolutely, God in flesh!!!
  • David O Uduma on 1 Timothy 3:16
    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


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