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"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" (1Ti 3:16).

"For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us" (1Jo 1:2).
God-manifestation is the display of the glory of God within His creation, His fundamental purpose in all creation (Num 14:21). It is particularly seen in the display of His character and attributes. When Adam fell he no longer displayed the image of his Creator as previously, and became estranged (Gen 1:27; 3:24). God's purpose is that men and women should become even greater manifestations of Himself than Adam and Eve were originally.

God -- source of all

No man can see God and live (Exo 33:20; 1Ti 6:16; Joh 1:18). So He has shown Himself by intermediaries, by God-in-manifestation.

God is revealed in the meaning of His Name, Yahweh. The angel in the burning bush spoke to Moses (Exo 3:2) as God: "I am..." (v 6). He explained His Name as signifying "I am That I am" (v 14), or "I will be Who I will be" (RSV), emphasizing that He is a God of the future as well as the present and past (Exo 6:2-8). His Name is a memorial to all future generations (Exo 3:15), most especially to those whom He is creating as manifestations of Himself, and who will become part of the glorified Israel symbolized by the bush which continued burning unconsumed (Psa 22:30; Hos 12:5,6; Isa 53:10; 2Pe 1:4).

He is the Source and Sustainer of all things, and they are created for His glory (1Co 8:6; Acts 17:28; Rom 11:36).

Revealed in the angels

Revealed in Christ

"Christadelphians are neither Arians, Socinians, nor Trinitarians; but believers in the 'great mystery of godliness, Deity manifested in Flesh', as set forth in 'the Revelation of the Mystery', preached by the apostles" (Eur 2:336).

Revealed in the faithful down the ages

God-manifestation should be part of the daily living of the man or woman of God (1Ti 6:6,11; 2:10). Abiding in the doctrine of Christ is essential, and by it we 'have' or manifest both the Father and the Son (2Jo 1:9; 1Jo 5:12).

To be revealed in the saints

The future manifestation of God in the saints will fulfil promises and prophecies:

Sons of God are being brought to future glory, and by sanctification through Jesus are of the one Father with him (Heb 2:10,11). The full significance of this glory cannot be appreciated by mortal man (1Jo 3:2).

Today we are either prospective manifestations of God as saints, already bearing some Divine likeness, or manifestations of the natural man, the adversary of God (1Jo 4:4).

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