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Various instructions (Continued)
- However many are under a yoke as slaves, let them consider their own masters worthy of all honor so the name of God and our teaching won’t be blasphemed.
- Now, let the men who have believing masters not despise them because they are brothers. But rather, let them serve because the men who are helped by their good service are believers and beloved. Teach and encourage these things.
- If someone teaches another doctrine and doesn’t agree with the sound words of our Anointed Lord Jesus and teaching conforming to godliness,
- he was – and is – puffed up; understanding nothing but having an unhealthy interest concerning controversies and disputes about words, from which comes envy, strife, slander, evil suspicions,
- and perverse disputes; ruinously corrupting men in mind and defrauding them of the truth, supposing godliness to be a means of gain.
- But godliness with contentment is a means of great gain.
- For we brought nothing into the world, so nor can we carry anything out of it.
- But if we have food and clothes; we will be content with these.
- But the men who strongly desire to become rich fall into temptation, and a trap, and many foolish and harmful cravings which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
- For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, which in aspiring for it, some were led astray from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
- But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentle strength.
- Fight the good fight of the faith. Seize the life of ages(1)“life of ages” is literal, and captures the duration as well as the quality of the life, which the traditional interpretation of “eternal life” doesn’t. The word translated “ages” (αἰώνιον) is the adjective form of the Greek word “αἰών” (aion), which is used – for example – in Matthew 24:3 “what are the signs of your coming and the end of the age?” Virtually all lexicons define αἰών (the noun form) as “age”, but some want to change the adjective form’s meaning to “eternal” instead of “age-long” or “of ages”. This despite “of ages” conveying a similar – and more literally accurate – meaning. into which you were called and confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.
- I charge you in the sight of God (the One who gave life to all things), and Jesus the Anointed (the One who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate),
- to keep the commandment without blemish and above reproach until the appearance of our Anointed Lord Jesus,
- which He will display in His own time: the blessed and only ruler – the king of kings and the Lord of lords,(2)“the king of kings and the Lord of lords ” is more literally “the king of the men who are kings and the Lord of the men who are lords”
- the One who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; who no one among men has seen, nor can see; to whom be the honor and dominion of ages. Amen.
- To the rich in the present age; instruct them not to be arrogant nor to have trusted – or to trust – in the uncertainty of riches but in God; the One who richly provided us with all things for enjoyment.
- They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
- storing up for themselves a good foundation for what is about to come, so they might seize the life which is truly life.
- O Timothy, keep the deposit entrusted to you; turning away from profane, worthless babblings and contradictions falsely called knowledge,
- which in professing them, some have gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you. [Amen]
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