Hymning on 1 Tim 3:16

I’ve been meditating on this passage all week.  The text is probably an early church hymn. It’s concise and a beautiful movement through redemption in Christ.

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:

He was manifested in the flesh, (Incarnation)
vindicated by the Spirit, (resurrection)
seen by angels, (ascension)
proclaimed among the nations, (church)
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory. (Exaltation)

I’ve been working on writing a song based on the text where each line becomes a verse.  I thought it would also be interesting to scour through a number of hymns  to try and find an exemplary verse to fit each line.

Hymn on the Incarnation
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“Born as a babe, this son of man

a light has dawned, in a lightless land

He took on flesh, our very flesh,”

A voice cries out from the wilderness


He bore our shame, He bore the curse

His name denied, with thorns and thirst

The Spirit worked, the Spirit sighed

The wrath of God was satisfied

Refrain 1:


Worthy is the Lamb


The angels witness to proclaim

Jesus has gone with a captives train

Ascended high, a servants throne

A present kingdom to adorn


The mystery of the risen Lord

A gospel to the ends of earth

The hearts of many will rejoice

Ten-thousands raise their thankful voice


O risen christ, ascended lord

All praise to thee let earth accord

who art, while endless ages run

With father, and with spirit one

words and music: Bruce Benedict, 2008

(c) 2008 Cardiphonia Music

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