Bible: 1 Timothy 1:3-11

Timothy’s Task in Ephesus

1:3 As I urged you when I was leaving for Macedonia, stay on in Ephesus 1  to instruct 2  certain people not to spread false teachings, 3  1:4 nor to occupy themselves with myths and interminable genealogies. 4  Such things promote useless speculations rather than God’s redemptive plan 5  that operates by faith. 1:5 But the aim of our instruction 6  is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. 7  1:6 Some have strayed from these and turned away to empty discussion. 1:7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not understand what they are saying or the things they insist on so confidently. 8 

1:8 But we know that the law is good if someone uses it legitimately, 1:9 realizing that law 9  is not intended for a righteous person, but for lawless and rebellious people, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 1:10 sexually immoral people, practicing homosexuals, 10  kidnappers, liars, perjurers – in fact, for any who live contrary to sound teaching. 1:11 This 11  accords with the glorious gospel of the blessed God 12  that was entrusted to me. 13 

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