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. —1 Timothy 3:16
We would suppose that God in stepping down would step down just as little as possible. We would think that He would stop with the angels or the seraphim—but instead He came down to the lowest order and took upon Himself the nature of Abraham, the seed of Abraham.
The Apostle Paul throws up his hands in wonder at this point. Paul, declared to be one of the six great intellects of all time, throws up his hands and declares that “great is the mystery of godliness” (1 Timothy 3:16), the mystery of God manifest in the flesh.
Perhaps this is the most becoming approach to the subject for all of us: to just throw up our hands and say, “O Lord, you alone know!” There are so many more things in heaven and earth than are known in our theology—so it is in the deepest sense all mystery….
I think also that it is very becoming for us to enter into the presence of God reverently, bowing our heads and singing His praises, and acknowledging His loving acts on our behalf even with our words, “It is true, O God, even if we do not know or understand how You have brought it all to pass!”
Lord, I both throw up my hands in awe and fall on my face in worship. I don’t always understand You, but I praise and worship Your majesty. Amen.