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An Apostle of Christ Jesus,
To Timothy, my true child in the faith :
May favor, pity, and peace, be yours,
And Jesus Christ our Lord. Just as I urged you to stay at Ephesus when I was going to Macedonia, so do I now. And I do this so that you may charge some men not to spread a different kind of teaching, nor to give their attention to fictions, and endless genealogies. For these furnish questions for controversy rather than further God's arrangement for man's salvation which comes to realization in his faith. But the purpose of the charge is to develop a pure and hearty love, a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some have missed the truth and have gone into empty talk desiring to be teachers of the law when they really do not understand either what they are saying, or about what they are making their confident assertions.
Now we know that the law is a noble thing
If any one uses it as it was meant to be used.
But for the lawless and disobedient,
Which is contrary to healthy teaching.
Of the blessed God
And made known by it. It was this with which I was once for all entrusted.
I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord for giving me strength and considering me fit to serve him, though formerly I was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, insolent in word and outrageous in deed. But God had pity on me because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. Yes, our Lord's favor produced in me a most abundant harvest of faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. To be relied
1 TIM. 1:15.
CHARGE TO TIMOTHY.
on is the saying, and worthy of a full and complete acceptance, that “ Christ Jesus came into the world
To save sinners." And of these I am the greatest. But God had pity on me, so that in me, as such a great sinner, Christ Jesus might show the wealth of his forbearance. And he did this, so that his dealings with me might be an illustration of what could be expected by those who should afterwards believe and attain to eternal life. Now to the King of the ages,
The immortal, invisible, only God,
Amen. I commit this charge to you, my child Timothy, in accordance with the prophecies about you which have already been made, so that you may carry on a noble war in them with faith and a good conscience. For, by putting aside a good conscience, some have made shipwreck of the faith. Among such are Hymenæus and Alexander, whom handed over to Satan to be taught by proper dis: cipline not to blaspheme.
So I urge, first of all, that petitions, prayers, supplications, thanksgivings, be made for all men ; for kings and all who are in authority, so that our lives may be quiet and peaceable in the full exer
cise of reverence and becoming dignity. This is noble and pleasant to God our Saviour, who wishes everybody to be saved and to attain to a full knowledge of the truth. For there is but one God and one means of communication between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for everybody, and the import of the testimony is to be made known on proper occasions. It was for this I was appointed a herald and an Apostle,-I am speaking the truth, I am not lying, -a teacher of the heathen in faith and truth.
So I direct men to pray everywhere, lifting up pure hands without anger and doubts. I also direct women to wear a well arranged dress with modesty and discretion, not with braided hair and gold, or pearls, or costly clothing, but,-for this becomes women professing reverence for God—with generous deeds. Let the women learn in silence, and be in subjection under all circumstances. I do not allow a woman to teach nor to exercise authority over a man, but to be quiet. For Adam was the first to be formed, then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived. It was the woman who was completely deceived and fell into error. • But she shall be saved
Through her childbearing
And devotion with discretion."
1 Tim. 3:1.
A BISHOP'S QUALIFICATIONS.
If any one is seeking the office of a bishop, he is desiring a noble work. The bishop, then, must be a man
Whose character is beyond reproach,
And is given to using physical force,
And is not given to stirring up strife.
Nor one who is greedy for money ;
So that he may not become proud,