Mystery of the faith
They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. 1 Timothy 3:9
The mystery of faith now revealed. As we continue to read in 1 Timothy 3, Paul goes on with the requirements for deacons and church leaders. In today’s passage he talks about being committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed. Living by faith in the work that Jesus did on the cross and after the cross, was what Paul’s ministry was all about. I have to keep in mind that up until Jesus died and paid the penalty for sin, all ministry was done through the high priest and the sacrifices made by them. Paul doesn’t call it the mystery of faith because it was a secret that no one could know about, but that it was beyond our way of thinking how God had reach each individual through His only Son, Jesus. This mystery extended to all people, which was also foreign to the people of Israel. It was the mystery of a love so great that it was beyond any earthly understanding. Paul actually says this mystery is now revealed, so it is no longer a mystery, but faith is required to not only believe it, but also to understand it.
This mystery of faith is what our relationship with God is founded on still today. Although we learn this from the beginning of our conversion into God’s family, we still need to continuously renew our mind to it because it is such a big deal. If we do not purposefully decide to walk by faith and fill up with the knowledge of that, it can become ineffective and commonplace. It is a big deal and in fact, the biggest, most important thing in your life here in this world. It should be evident in all you do, not just as a deacon or leader of the church, but as a child of God, you need continuous revelation of that mystery in your heart.
The second part of the verse says to live with a clear conscience. God has supernaturally planted His love into your heart when you received it through Jesus. This is where our conscience comes from. You can look at it this way, that when you received Jesus into your heart and life, you received conscientiousness or became alive. Although it is not always automatic, if you follow your conscience to do what is right (according to God’s Word), you will make wise decisions. Especially in those times when no one is looking.
Today I want to encourage you to hold on to the mystery of faith in the love and sacrifice of God. Make a purposeful effort each day to renew your mind to that love and offer of salvation that is so important in your life. Then follow your conscience to keep it clear of speaking or doing anything that is against God and serve others wherever you are. Remember, you are in ministry everyday, even if it isn’t in the church building.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Timothy 3:8-13