1 Timothy 3

Chapter 3

3:9  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.


1 Timothy 3:16 (See Scofield "Matthew 13:11")

3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.


Church (visible), Summary: The passages under this head 1 Corinthians 10:32 ; 1 Timothy 3:15 refer to that visible body of professed believers called, collectively, "the Church," of which history takes account as such, though it exists under many names and divisions based upon differences in doctrine or in government. Within, for the most part, this historical "Church" has existed the true Church, "which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all Ephesians 1:22 Ephesians 1:23 .

(See Scofield "Hebrews 12:23") like the believing Remnant within Israel

(See Scofield "Romans 11:5") The predicted future of the visible Church is apostasy Luke 18:8 ; 2 Timothy 3:1-8 of the true Church, glory ; Matthew 13:36-43 ; Romans 8:18-23 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 .

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 up into glory.

mystery (See Scofield "Matthew 13:11") .

angels (See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4") .

world kosmos = mankind. (See Scofield "Matthew 4:8") .