The mystery of Jesus (1 Tim. 3:16)

“Without any doubt,

The mystery

Of our religion

Is great.

Jesus was revealed

In the flesh.

He was vindicated

In the spirit.

He was seen

By angels.

He was proclaimed

Among gentiles.

He was believed in

Throughout the world.

He was taken up

In glory.”

καὶ ὁμολογουμένως μέγα ἐστὶν τὸ τῆς εὐσεβείας μυστήριον· Ὃς ἐφανερώθη ἐν σαρκί, ἐδικαιώθη ἐν πνεύματι, ὤφθη ἀγγέλοις, ἐκηρύχθη ἐν ἔθνεσιν, ἐπιστεύθη ἐν κόσμῳ, ἀνελήμφθη ἐν δόξῃ.

Paul said, “Without any doubt (καὶ ὁμολογουμένως), the mystery (μυστήριον) of our religion (τῆς εὐσεβείας) is great (μέγα ἐστὶν).  Jesus was revealed (ἐφανερώθη) in the flesh (ἐν σαρκί).  He was vindicated (ἐδικαιώθη) in the spirit (ἐν πνεύματι).  He was seen (ὤφθη) by angels (ἀγγέλοις).  He was proclaimed (ἐκηρύχθη) among the gentiles (ἐν ἔθνεσιν).  He was believed (ἐπιστεύθη) in throughout the world (ἐν κόσμῳ).  He was taken up (ἀνελήμφθη) in glory (ἐν δόξῃ).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word ὁμολογουμένως, that means as agreed, by common consent, admittedly, or without controversy.  This may be an ancient Christian hymn that Paul was quoting about the life of Christ.  Paul explained or confessed without any hesitancy the great mystery of their holy belief or religion.  Jesus Christ was revealed to them in the flesh or with a human body.  However, he was justified or vindicated by the Holy Spirit.  Of course, he was seen by angels.  He was proclaimed not just among the Jewish people but among all the gentiles in the world.  Finally, he was taken up in glory.  Now he has returned to his Father.  There were the chief beliefs of the early Christians in the first century.  Their belief was unquestionably great.  Jesus Christ was incarnate.  He took on human existence, justified by God and the angels.  He was proclaiming and being proclaimed throughout the whole world to non-Jewish people.  He had rose from the dead and was taken to heaven to enjoy eternal life with God our Father.  Do you believe in this basic Christian creed?