The quality of faith and life that is pleasing to God. The noun occurs in the Pastoral Letters and in 2 Peter as a description of Christian life (1Tim 6:11; 2Pet 1:5-7; cf. Acts 3:12, NRSV: “piety”). The adjective, sometimes rendered as “devout” (Acts 10:2; Acts 10:7) can also be linked more specifically with Christian behavior (Titus 2:11-13). Godliness is more than correct behavior, however, for it is possible to have “a form of godliness” while denying its power (2Tim 3:5). That power is found in Christ; thus, (1Tim 3:16) calls an early confession of faith “the mystery of godliness” (NRSV: “the mystery of our religion”). Only through Christ is true godliness possible, for God’s power “has given us everything needed for life and godliness” (2Pet 1:3).
The Good Fight of Faith
11But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.
5For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge,6and knowledge with self-control, and self-co ... View more
12When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had ... View more
2He was a devout man who feared God with all his household; he gave alms generously to the people and prayed constantly to God.
7When the angel who spoke to him had left, he called two of his slaves and a devout soldier from the ranks of those who served him,
11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all,12training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that ... View more
5holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them!
16Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great:
He was revealed in flesh,
vindicated in spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among Gentiles,
believed i ... View more
The Christian's Call and Election
3His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own ... View more