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By Pastor Thaddaeus Thompson:


Topic Based on 1Timothy 3:16 KJV: “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.”


Let’s dissect the message that 1 Timothy 3:16 conveys to the saints of the church. This scripture reveals to us that the person who fits into all these characterizations is the mystery of godliness. In other words, who is the Yahweh.


  1. “Great is the mystery of godliness”: Means God is a great mystery. It’s illusion for anyone to think he or she understands God.

  2. “God was manifest in the flesh.” Meaning God was present in the human form. It’s extremely important that the saints understood that, that which is invisible, supernatural, and divine became visible and human. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;” (1 John 1:1-2 KJV). If you do not get anything, please get this. You are made of body, soul, and spirit (called tripartite). If we can separate your spirit from your body and soul, it will still be you, because the spirit was part of you. Same with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: they are all together “One God” Jesus (Colossians 2:8 KJV). When you dream, your soul is the one moving around, encountering, and engaging. Your soul can operate separately from your body but few have control of what it does. When demons want to afflict you, they go through your soul. God, who is in 3 manifestations (Father, Son, Holy Ghost) can separate himself into 3 parts and still be One, because he is God; he can. Therefore, God became the Son of God (Jesus) and still remained the Everlasting Father in eternity called Jesus. Scriptural proof:  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 KJV)

  3. “Justified in the Spirit”: We must answer the question: Who was justified in the Spirit? It was Jesus that the scriptures teach was justified in the Spirit. Here are some scriptures to prove that: “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:” (Matthew 3:16 KJV). “And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” (Matthew 17:2 KJV). Again, Jesus justified in the Spirit. “And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” (Matthew 14:26-27 KJV)

  4. “Seen of angels”: Who does this characterization fits? Again, it’s no one else in the entire Bible but Jesus. Here are some scriptural proofs: “Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him” (Matthew 4:11 KJV). Angels were seen around Jesus. “And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow” (Matthew 28:2-3 KJV). Again an angel was seen concerning Jesus.

  5. “Preached unto the Gentiles.” Who was preached to the Gentiles? The gospel of Jesus Christ. Scriptural proofs: “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them” (Acts 8:5 KJV). The Samaritans were gentiles (non- Jews). “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;” (Ephesians 3:8 KJV)

  6. “Believed on in the world.” Whose gospel was believed on in the world? The gospel of Jesus Christ. Scriptural proofs: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:38-39, 41 KJV).

  7. "Received up into glory.” Who was received up in glory? Again it was Jesus Christ. Scriptural proofs: “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9 KJV).


Now, without controversy we see that Jesus Christ was the mysterious Yahweh that Apostle Paul was writing about. The mystery of godliness.


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