Posted by: SandreS | October 8, 2009

The Church in Ruins (Brief Thoughts on II Timothy), Part 31

Form of Godliness

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (II Timothy 3:5).

While verses two through four are true of their lives, they attempt to portray “a form of godliness” (:5), and those who lead them are supposed “ministers of righteousness” (II Corinthians 11:15). Now, we do not mean to imply that every teacher within the religious system is a satanic minister, for Paul tells us that there are some vessels unto “honor” there (2:20). We appreciate and honor them – since God does. They are God’s dear vessels. Still, they are unknowingly a part of this satanic “form” nonetheless.

The “form” of godliness is counterfeit godliness! Strong defines “form” (#3446) as “appearance.” Therefore, the religious system puts on a good “show”! It is religious show-business; yet they deny the power of godliness. The source of godliness is our identification and union in the Lord Jesus Christ – in His death, burial, and resurrection.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God … (Romans 1:16).

For the preaching of the cross … is the power of God (I Corinthians 1:18).

… Crucified with Him … (Romans 6:6).

… Buried with Him … (Romans 6:4).

… Raised us up together … (Ephesians 2:6).

… made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6).

I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:21).

Now there’s the power of godliness!

And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:19-20).

… the power of His resurrection … (Philippians 3:10).

(to be continued)

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2001, 2009 Bible Student’s Press

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