Godliness: Christ Living in & through Us

New JerusalemThe recent three posts are about the great mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh, especially as presented in 1 Timothy 3:15-16. This manifestation was first by the individual Jesus and is now by “the church of the living God.”

“Godliness” is not a human behavior; it is “God manifested in the flesh.” The following verses indicate clearly that godliness does not come from a human source. (It is not like a monkey briefly imitating human behavior.) It originates with God in Christ living in the members of His Body.

• In Acts 3 Peter and John healed a crippled man. Peter then told the Jews that it was not “by our own power or godliness we have made him walk.”
• “Thanks be to God, who…manifests the savor of the knowledge of Him through us in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ…” (2 Cor. 2:14-15).
• “Christ will be magnified in my body….For to me, to live is Christ…” (Phil. 1:20-21)
• “It is God who operates in you both the willing and the working…you shine as luminaries in the world” (Phil. 2:13, 15) This is with our cooperation described in 2:12, 14.
• “His divine power has granted to us all things which relate to life and godliness” (2 P. 1:3)

Lord, gain our cooperation so that You may freely live in all of us and express Yourself through us.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The text of this Bible is at text.recoveryversion.bible; this too is © by LSM.

Posted by Don on April 1, 2024


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