1Now the Spirit # Jn 14:17; 16:13; Ac 20:23; 21:11; 1Co 2:10-11 explicitly says that in later times # 2Th 2:3-9; 2Tm 3:1; 2Pt 3:3; Jd 18 some will depart from the faith, # Php 1:27; 1Tm 1:2; Jd 3 paying attention to deceitful spirits # Mt 7:15; 1Jn 4:6 and the teachings of demons, # Jms 3:15 2through the hypocrisy # Mk 12:15 of liars whose consciences # Heb 13:18 are seared. 3They forbid marriage # 1Tm 5:14; Heb 13:4 and demand abstinence # Rm 14:6; Col 2:16,23; 1Th 4:3; 5:22; 1Pt 2:11 from foods that God created # Gn 1:29; 9:3 to be received with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth. 4For everything created by God is good, # Gn 1:31 and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, # Ac 10:15 5since it is sanctified by the word of God # Lk 8:21; 1Tm 2:1; Heb 4:12 and by prayer.
A Good Servant of Jesus Christ
6If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith # Php 1:27; 1Tm 1:2; Jd 3 and the good teaching that you have followed. # 2Tm 3:10-15 7But have nothing to do with irreverent and silly myths. # 1Tm 1:4; 2Tm 4:4; Ti 1:14; 2Pt 1:16 Rather, train yourself in godliness, # 2Pt 1:3 8for
the training of the body has a limited benefit, # Col 2:23
but godliness is beneficial in every way,
since it holds promise for the present life
and also for the life to come. # Ps 37:9,11; Pr 19:23; 22:4; Mt 6:33; Mk 10:30; Jn 12:25; Ac 13:48; 1Pt 3:9
9This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance. # 1Tm 1:15; 3:1; 2Tm 2:11 10In fact, we labor and strive # Other mss read and suffer reproach for this, because we have put our hope in the living God, # Dt 5:26; Jos 3:10; 1Sm 17:26; Ps 42:2; Jr 10:10; Dn 6:20; Ac 14:15; 1Tm 3:15 who is the Savior # 1Tm 1:1 of everyone, # 1Tm 2:4; Ti 2:11 especially of those who believe.
Instructions for Ministry
11Command and teach these things. 12Let no one despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, # Pr 12:6 in conduct, # 2Pt 3:11 in love, # Other mss add in spirit # 1Co 13:1 in faith, in purity. # 1Tm 5:2 13Until I come, # 1Tm 3:14 give your attention to public reading, exhortation, and teaching. 14Do not neglect the gift that is in you; it was given to you through prophecy, # 1Co 13:2; 1Tm 1:18; 2Tm 1:6 with the laying on of hands # 1Tm 5:22 by the council of elders. 15Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all. 16Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save # Eph 2:8; Jd 23 both yourself and your hearers. # Ezk 33:9; Ac 20:28; Rm 11:14