The Mystery of Godliness
In the creation of this earth, and the day by day support of all the things of nature, we often have to say, “we just don’t know how it is done!” In the realms of mind and spirit, we find that the mystery deepens. His coming to earth was planned before creation in the Everlasting Covenant. To contemplate that the Son of God should come to this earth and be willing to die on the cross that men might be saved is a mystery that gradually unfolded through history.
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” (1 Timothy 3:16, KJV).
In this section I present “Emmanuel: God with us.” It is a mystery that God, the Son, should leave heaven and come to earth, and be willing to die to save mankind. And that was not all. He accepted poverty, opposition, and rejection in His sojourn on earth. But He lived and died for those who accepted Him.
Incredible is the fact that God knew ahead of time exactly what would happen. Yet He still came. Not only did He die for mankind, and buy them back, but He sent the Holy Spirit to bring grace and power to change the lives of men, and begin to restore in them the image of God.
Important also is the beauty of His life. He healed the sick, cast out demons, preached, taught, and even raised the dead. In all this there was an atmosphere of peace and grace that brought people to him, and made many willing followers of Him.
Through the cross the history of the world changed. The leaven of the love of God infiltrated the entire Roman world, and to an even greater extent the nations of the east. It was not without opposition and persecution. There was a great controversy between Christ and Satan. But love for Christ and for suffering humanity impelled His disciples to live and preach the Gospel.
This section is a discussion of Jesus’ life on this earth. In contemplating His life, and what He has done for us, we are changed. It is the power of grace, another mystery that we gladly accept by faith.
“Above the distractions of the earth He sits enthroned;
all things are open to His divine survey; and
from His great and calm eternity
He orders that which His providence sees best.”
White, EG: Ministry of Healing, p. 417.