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But godliness with contentment is great gain. - 1 Timothy 6:6


I had a neighbor who was a very kind man and he was also a retired minister. We got into a discussion one day about holiness. He told me that there is no way for a man or woman to live holy or without sin. It became obvious that after his 40 plus years in ministry he had made up his mind and it would be impossible for me to overcome his traditional thinking even with the word of God. We parted peaceably. People have a misconception of what holiness or godliness really means. Godliness is a mystery to most people but it can be understood in Jesus Christ.



Great is The Mystery of Godliness


1 Timothy 3:16

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 (by God) up into glory. The words in parenthesis are mine.


Jesus is the image of God, a true reflection of Godís person or character. Jesus displayed Godís righteousness as he lived and walked with people. It became apparent that God was in Jesus reconciling the world unto Himself, II Corinthians 5:19. Godís holiness was working in the life of Jesus producing spiritual fruit and it is our responsibility as Christians to show the world the image of Jesus Christ that they might be saved!


Godliness is walking in a character fashioned after God and righteousness is living right before God with His favor on ones life. The apostle Paul wrote that we should present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service and not to be conformed to this world: but be transformed or changed by the renewing or refilling of our minds, that we may demonstrate that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God, Romans 12:1&2.



Freedom From Sin & Satan


The body of Christ has been baptized in Jesusí name for the remission of sins. This action broke or broke off the body of sin, Romans 6:6. The word body in the Greek (Strongís #4982 & 4983) is understood as the whole of sin. The baptism in Jesusí death breaks the hold sin had on us in every way and in its entirety! It is like the children of Israel going down through the Red Sea. As Pharaoh, a type of Satan, chased after Israel they were delivered as they went down in the water and came out the other side. Pharaoh could not reach Godís people down into the water and his army was destroyed in the water as they pursued Israel. This is a shadow or type of that which is realized in this ďDispensation of GraceĒ. God miraculously delivered Israel from their destruction and Pharaoh was left on the other side unable to take Godís people captive again. The blood of Jesus applied through water baptism as the apostle Paul wrote is an operation of God, which works the same way for believers. Satan no longer has authority over us. We belong to God. God has brought about something in the spirit realm that can only be seen by faith. If Satan no longer can hold us in bondage then we are free to live for God.



Romans 6:1-7

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.