1 Timothy 4 New American Standard Bible

Prediction of Apostasy

4 1  But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith , paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons , 2  by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron , 3  men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully e shared in by those who believe and know the truth . 4  For everything created by God is good , and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude ; 5  for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer .

A Good Minister of Jesus Christ

6  In pointing out these things to the brethren , you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus , constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following . 7  But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women . On the other hand , discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness ; 8  for bodily discipline is only of little profit , but godliness is profitable for all things , since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come . 9  It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance . 10  For it is for this we labor and strive , because we have fixed our hope on the living God , who is the Savior of all men , especially of believers . 11  Prescribe and teach these things . 12  Let no one look down on your youthfulness , but rather in speech , conduct , love , faith and purity , show yourself an example of those who believe . 13  Until I come , give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching . 14  Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery . 15  Take pains with these things ; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all . 16  Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching ; persevere in these things , for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

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