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A Prophecy about the Future
1Now the Spirit says clearly that in the last times some people will abandon the faith by following deceitful spirits, the teachings of demons, 2and the hypocrisy of liars, whose consciences have been burned by a hot iron. 3They will try to stop people from marrying and from eating certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4For everything God created is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5because it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
How to be a Good Servant of the Messiah Jesus
6If you continue to point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of the Messiaha Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and the healthy teaching that you have followed closely. 7Do not have anything to do with godless myths and fables of old women. Instead, train yourself to be godly. 8Physical exercise is of limited value, but
Godliness is very dear,
a pledge of life, both there and here.
9This is a trustworthy saying that deserves complete acceptance.b 10To this end we work hard and struggle,c because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, that is, of those who believe.
11These are the things you must insist on and teach. 12Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for other believers in your speech, behavior, love, faithfulness,d and purity. 13Until I arrive, give your full concentration to the public reading of Scripture,e to exhorting, and to teaching. 14Do not neglectf the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy when the elders laid their hands on you. 15Think on these things. Devote your life to them so that everyone can see your progress. 16Pay close attention to your life and your teaching. Persevere in these things, because if you do so, you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.
a 4:6 Or Christ
b 4:9 This formula accompanied early Christian sayings on which full reliance could be placed.
c 4:10 Other mss. read suffer abuse
d 4:12 Or faith
e 4:13 Lit. on the reading
f 4:14 Or Stop neglecting