Christian Monotheist

Regards 1 Timothy 3:16

A common example of wrestling scripture making it to say what it does not say is 1Timothy 3:16 (NASB):
By common confession, great is The mystery of **godliness**.
The KJV reads“God”, (NASB says “HE”)
who was revealed (manifest) in the flesh,
Was vindicated in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory.
Yet 1 Tim. 3:16 does not say Jesus is GOD
(the Father, or “God incarnate”, i.e. God became a man).
God “manifest in flesh” is the Father’s Godly NATURE, character and authority in a man, i.e. =>> “the mystery of godliness”.
This passage does not say God became flesh but “godliness” was “manifest in flesh“, literally meaning “made known in flesh” -in a man.
Godliness” is used NINE TIMES in 1Timothy, and the other eight are applied for believers to manifest, and does not make us God.
  • He was justified in the Spirit. God justifies, He needs no justification.
    Romans 8:33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies”
  • Seen of angels. What did angels see?
    John 1:51… you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending =>on the Son of Man.
  • Preached to the gentiles, believed on in the world.
    The message they gave was that Jesus was the Christ, the one promised by God,
    the Christ. And Christ is a “man approved by GOD” Peter told them in Acts 2:22
  • Received up into Glory.
    This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven. Acts 1:11.
Thus only a few verses prior Paul said so clearly in 1Timothy 2:5 (NASB)
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.