1 Timothy 3 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“But if I should be delayed, I have written so that you will know how people ought to act in G_d’s household, which is the congregation of the living G_d, the pillar and foundation of the truth. And most certainly, the mystery of godliness is great: G_d was MANIFESTED in the flesh, JUSTIFIED in the Ruach (Spirit), SEEN by angels, PREACHED among the Gentiles, BELIEVED ON in the World, TAKEN UP in glory.” 1 Tim 3:15-16
One lazy afternoon, I watched a History Channel special: In Search Of Jesus. For two hours, a multitude of so-called “Christian” experts gave their accounts of the birth, life, and resurrection of the Messiah. Some scholars said He was born in Bethlehem, others say Nazareth, still others suggest a desert cave. One guy suggested Yeshua (Jesus) wasn’t born at all. Rather, He was only a “spirit”.
None of them believed Joseph took Miram (Mary) & Yeshua to Egypt. Nor could they agree on Herod’s execution of babies in Bethlehem. The show ended with speculation over Messiah’s resurrection.
Given the varied testimonies of so many disagreeing “scholars”, I doubt anyone would be compelled to accept Yeshua as Lord, much less devote their lives to taking-up a “cross” and following Him. Personally, I believe the show would have been better if the directors had swapped the “expert” Christians, with some REAL ones!
Just as Paul was given the “administration” to dispense the mystery of the gospel (Gentiles get in), and the mystery of lawlessness (those who abandon G_d’s Word will be harshly judged), he also revealed the mystery of G_dliness. We are called to imitate Yeshua, refuting heresy by virtue of our transformed lives, surrendered to G_d’s Word.
Following Yeshua means more than walking an isle, praying a prayer, raising a hand, or signing a card. It’s about a life devoted to Messiah-likeness. The Bible says G_d was pleased with Yeshua’s suffering on the Roman cross, because He lived-up of the character of the NAME He inherited. If you are indeed a co-inheritor with Yeshua, how are you doing, living-up to the character of the Name you have inherited?
Let’s review what Paul calls the “foundation of our faith”, asking ourselves how our lives resonate with these basic truths of the gospel?
Have you placed your trust in Yeshua? Upon doing so, Yeshua is made MANIFEST, (i.e. “takes up residence”) in us. If so, the presence of His Ruach (Spirit) should be working in your life testifying that you have been JUSTIFIED by Messiah’s atoning work on the cross. The angels in Heaven have SEEN every believer, because they rejoice when even one sinner repents. (John 15:10) Through the believer, the gospel is PREACHED throughout the world, and by our testimonies men BELIEVE in Yeshua. How’s it going, sharing your faith? Finally, do you live with the knowledge and hope that you too will be TAKEN-UP in glory to be with Yeshua at the time G_d appoints?
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Tuesday, October 29, 2013