Sermon: Jesus–Centered Life (1 Timothy 3:14-4:16)

Jesus–Centered Life

1 Timothy 3:14–4:16

 

1 Timothy 3:16 says, Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:

Jesus was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.

 

I. Jesus’ Incarnation

 

He was manifested in the flesh . . . taken up in glory.

 

II. Jesus’ Exaltation

 

. . . vindicated by the Spirit . . . believed on in the world . . . ..

 

The vindication of the Lord Jesus, of course, happened in many ways:

 

  • Jesus’ Baptism—This is my beloved Son. (Matthew 3:17)
  • Jesus’ Transfiguration—His glory was seen atop the mountain. (Matthew 17:1–13)
  • Jesus’ Vindication—His mighty resurrection from the dead. (Luke 24:1–12)

 

Romans 1:4 says, and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,

 

Thank God that the triumphant affirmation of Jesus in heaven is echoed with a marvelous affirmation of the Lord Jesus on earth.

 

III. Jesus’ Proclamation

 

verse 16: . . . seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations . . .

 

Isaiah 6:3a says, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.

 

Revelation 5:12a says, Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.

 

1 Timothy 4:7–8 says, 7Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

 

1 Timothy 4:12 says, Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

 

1 Timothy 4:1 says, Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,

 

1 Timothy 4:2 says, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,

 

1 Timothy 4:3 says, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

 

You cannot love God more by enjoying life less.

 

Lots of people in the church world think they will become more holy by abstaining from more and more things. They’re miserable. They associate godliness with unhappiness. Paul says, “That’s not from heaven.”

 

1 Timothy 4:2 says, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,

 

1 Timothy 4:4 says, For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

 

1 Timothy 3:16a, Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness.

 

Colossians 1:27b says, Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

John 15:5a, I am the vine; you are the branches.

 

1 Timothy 4:9–10, 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

 

When we discuss Jesus, our Savior, it is important to remember that salvation involves two wonderful gifts: (1) Justification: Forgiveness by which we have entrance to heaven; and (2) Sanctification: Growth in holiness which makes us fit for heaven.

 

Mark 10:9, What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.

 

1 Timothy 4:10, For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

 

1 Timothy 4:10a says, For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God,

 

Colossians 1:29 says, For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

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