Be Ready for Every Good Work
1Remind them #Rom. 13:1; 1 Pet. 2:13 to be submissive to rulers and authorities, #See 2 Tim. 2:21to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2#Eph. 4:31 to speak evil of no one, #1 Tim. 3:3 to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and #See 2 Tim. 2:25to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3For #See 1 Cor. 6:11we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4But when #See Rom. 2:4the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, #See Rom. 3:27 not because of works done by us in righteousness, but #Eph. 2:4; 1 Pet. 1:3 according to his own mercy, by #See John 3:5; 1 Cor. 6:11; 1 Pet. 3:21 the washing of regeneration and #See Rom. 12:2renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6whom he #Joel 2:28; Acts 2:33; 10:45; Rom. 5:5poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that #ch. 2:11 being justified by his grace we might become #Rom. 8:17 heirs #See ch. 1:2according to the hope of eternal life. 8The saying is #See 1 Tim. 1:15 trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful #ver. 14; ch. 2:14to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. 9But #2 Tim. 2:16 avoid foolish #See 1 Tim. 6:4 controversies, #1 Tim. 1:4 genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for #2 Tim. 2:14they are unprofitable and worthless. 10As for a person who stirs up division, #See Matt. 18:15 after warning him once and then twice, #See 2 John 10have nothing more to do with him, 11knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
Final Instructions and Greetings
12When I send Artemas or #See 2 Tim. 4:12 Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me #[2 Tim. 4:10]at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and #See Acts 18:24Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. 14And let our people learn #ver. 8 to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not #2 Pet. 1:8; [Phil. 1:11; 4:17; Col. 1:10]be unfruitful.
15All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith.
# See Col. 4:18 Grace be with you all.