(BEING ALIVE TO GOD)
"The mystery of godliness ...
was manifested in the flesh."
What a marvellous revelation those words bring! Godliness has been revealed. There is no more mystery surrounding it. Jesus demonstrated it here on earth.
The reality of it is unknown to the world, of course, but it appears to be vague among Believers confusing it with holiness. But godliness and holiness are distinct from one another.
In brief, the distinction is that:
Godliness is the disposition of being alive to God (living in the awareness that God is present)
and holiness is living differently (in accordance with the word of Christ).
The apostle Peter emphasised the difference. In 2:3'11 he asked:
"... what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness ...?.
For Saints, godliness is their inner disposition and holiness is their outward way of live.
As Jesus Himself manifested godliness, so Adam and Eve, in their innocence, lived in godliness.
Tragically, they forfeited this living, loving relationship with God and godliness became a mystery: to every other human born after them.
The Good News for every human being is, the mystery of godliness is no longer.
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 with the man, Jesus: walking, talking, looking, serving, living in the awareness of His Father and the Holy Spirit.
Now it is the Father's intention that those He has redeemed also live in godliness. And be blessed, because:
"... godliness with contentment is great gain," 1 Timothy 6'6.