1 Timothy 1 [Clear Word]
4. ROLE CLARITY
1 This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the command of God our Savior and Jesus Christ our Hope, 2 to Timothy, my son in the faith. May the grace, mercy and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 3 I want you to stay at Ephesus just as I urged you when I left Asia Minor to go to Greece. You need to stop some people there from teaching false doctrines. 4 They're teaching things based on rabbinical fiction, priestly genealogies and Gnostic teachings, all of which raise a lot of questions in the minds of the people about the gospel. Instead, the believers ought to be encouraged to live godly lives and to strengthen their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. That's what administering the gospel is all about. 5 So I'm charging you to show believers that the aim of the gospel commandment is to love with a pure heart, a clear conscience and sincere faith. 6 Some members have already turned aside from the gospel by engaging in endless discussions and continual analysis of doctrines. 7 They want to be known as teachers of God's word, but they don't understand what they're saying or where they got what they so confidently affirm. 8 We know that the law of God is good, if it is rightly understood and applied. 9 The law does not condemn good men but those who are lawless. It's against criminals, lawbreakers, irresponsible members of society and all those we generally call sinners. It's against those who are unholy and profane, who kill their parents, who are murderers, 10 prostitutes, sexual perverts, slave traders, kidnappers, liars or false witnesses and anyone who lives contrary to the principles of the gospel. 11 Sound doctrine harmonizes the law and the gospel, which our glorious and blessed God entrusted me to teach. 12 I thank the Lord Jesus Christ, who counted me worthy of His trust by selecting me for the ministry and giving me the strength I need to serve Him. 13 He did this in spite of my previous record of cursing His name, persecuting His followers and falsely testifying against them. But Jesus was merciful to me because I did these things out of ignorance and unbelief. 14 The Lord filled me with His grace and gave me the faith and love I needed to minister to the needs of others. 15 This is a fact and should be accepted as such, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst. 16 However, God dealt mercifully with me by leading me to Jesus Christ and allowing me to taste of His salvation which is available to all mankind. He wanted to display His mercy through me, the worst of sinners, as an example to others so they, too, would see God's great love, accept the Lord Jesus Christ and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the Great King of all ages, immortal, invisible to human eyes, the only true God, to Him be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 18 Timothy, my son, the same charge to take care of the churches that I received from the Lord Jesus Christ I'm now passing on to you, which is in harmony with what the Lord told me about you. So I want you to take this charge seriously and to take the gospel weapons and fight well for our Lord Jesus Christ. 19 Hold on to what you believe and keep a clear conscience. Some have already forgotten their ministerial charge and lost their way. They did not listen to the Holy Spirit and ignored their conscience. As a result, they made shipwreck of their faith. 20 For instance, I think of Hymenaeus and Alexander, both of whom I had to leave in the hands of Satan because I couldn't reach them anymore. I hope and pray that they will wake up and stop cursing the Lord Jesus Christ.