A Missionary Creed: 1 Tim 3:16

1 Timothy 3

Key Text: 1 Tim 3:16 – “Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great:
He was revealed in flesh,
vindicated in spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the Gentiles,
believed throughout the world,
taken up in glory.”

  • This text comes after a discussion of qualifications for Church leaders. Perhaps Paul wants to keep leaders grounded in the central “mystery ” of the faith
  • This is likely an older creed that was used by the Church.
  • The order of each line is interesting – it isn’t in what would be considered normal sequential order.
  • The other interesting thing is that this creed focusses on missionary activity.
  • Christ isn’t the main actor in this creed – people are.
  • People experience Christ (revealed, vindicated, taken up)
  • People proclaim Christ
  • People believe in Christ.

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