Temple Baptist Church - 8-21-2011
A. We have read some of the most profound verses found in the Bible this morning. The Mystery of Godliness is found here.
1 Timothy 3:16 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.
B. Without controversy, this is possibly the greatest mystery of all times. How God became flesh and dwelt among us. We find in these verses the mystery of the ages. How God became man, died on an old rugged cross for the sins of the world, was buried and rose again bodily on the third day for the sinner’s justification. In Calvary, we find the holiness of God; the sinfulness of man; and the greatness of God’s love for such as we are. Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
C. I want to look at this portion of scripture for a few minutes. Here, we find:
1. Prophecy – 52:13-15
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. (The Old Testament is full of sacrifices which were types and shadows of the death of Christ. Every animal that was sacrificed pointed to the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. For four thousand years mankind looked for the coming of the Messiah. The bible prophesied his coming and it was perfectly fulfilled in the Gospels. He came as He said, He came how He said, and He came when He said!)
2. Person – 53:1-3
Past Glory – vs. 6 John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (He was not an angel nor was he simply a prophet and teacher. He was Jehovah God of eternity past. He was equal with God because He was God!)
Present Condescension – vs. 7-8 John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (Almighty God walked among men in the likeness of sinful flesh. He was in the world and the world knew Him not; He came unto His own and His own received Him not. But John said, “WE beheld his glory! I am glad that I know Him this morning.)
Future Exaltation – vs. 9-11 Luke 22:69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. (Today He sits at the right hand of the Father and ever liveth to make intercession for the saints of God.)
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
3. Propitiation – 53:4-9
1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (He is not a propitiation but He is THE propitiation! He is not a way to heaven but He is THE way to heaven. He did not die for the elect nor for the select but He died for every man, woman, and child who ever lived or who will ever live. He died for me; He died for you; He died for the sins of the whole world.)
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
1 John 4:14-15 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. (15) Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
4. Pleasing –53:10
Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. (He pleased the Father in His incarnation; He pleased the Father in His walk here on earth; He pleased the Father in His death upon Calvary; and His pleasing of the Father is found in His glorious resurrection.)
5. Purpose –53:11
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (Because He died for all, there is none too sinful for Him to love. As one man said, “If He saved the ‘chief,’ He can save all of the Indians!” No matter what you have done; no matter who you are; Jesus Christ died for your sins and you can be saved. What a blessing! He came for one reason, to save the world from their sins.)
6. Portion – 53:12
Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (He is exalted above all that is. He is Lord to the glory of God the Father. You do not make Him Lord because He is Lord. One day, in heaven, we will all bow at His wonderful feet and behold the wounds made by the nails for our sins.)
7. Prerogative – 53:1-3
John 1:11-12 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (The choice is ours. Salvation is a free gift that must be accepted. I am glad that I made my choice many years ago and have never regretted coming to Christ. Have you made yours this morning?)