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Kingdom Godliness

(BEING ALIVE TO GOD)

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"The mystery of godliness ... was manifested in the flesh."

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The two New Testament words, godliness and holiness, are often used by many Believers as though they have the same meaning.

In fact, there is a difference between being godly and being holy.

Broadly speaking, godliness is the disposition of being alive to God (living in the awareness of God) and holiness is actually living differently - in harmony with the Kingdom word of Christ.

Their separate meanings are clarified very well when they are both used one sentence. For instance 2 Peter 3'11 says:

"... what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness".

While Saints "walk in the Spirit" on this earth, godliness is their disposition and holiness is their way of living.

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Believers are assured that "... godliness with contentment is great gain," 1 Timothy 6'6.

Jesus Himself reflected this disposition. And Adam and Eve in their innocence also lived in godly contentment "naturally".

Tragically, they forfeited this living, loving relationship with God. Also tragically, every human born after them would have done the same.

Following Adam's rebellion and sin, godliness became a "mystery".

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However, the Good News is, this mystery of godliness has been revealed.

1 Timothy 3'16 proclaims:

"... without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:

God was manifested in the flesh,

Justified in the Spirit,

Seen by angels,

Preached among the Gentiles,

Believed on in the world,

Received up in glory".

Godliness came as a man walking, talking, looking, serving, living in the awareness of His Father in a disposition of love.

Now it is God's intention that "the mystery of godliness" is plain for everyone to see - in Christ's People.

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