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Titus 1

Indledende hilsen

1Dette brev er fra Paulus, Guds tjener og apostel for Jesus Kristus. Jeg blev udsendt for at forkynde troens budskab for dem, som Gud har udvalgt, og hjælpe dem til fuldt ud at forstå, hvordan de kan tjene Gud på den sande måde. Jeg bygger min tjeneste på forventningen om at få det evige liv, som Gud, der jo ikke kan lyve, gav løfte om allerede før tidens begyndelse. Da den fastsatte tid var inde, åbenbarede han sit budskab for os, og det budskab har Gud, vores Frelser, betroet mig og befalet, at jeg skulle bringe videre.

Kære Titus, mit sande barn i troen, må du opleve nåde og fred fra Gud Fader og Jesus Kristus, vores Frelser.

Ledere i menigheden

Jeg efterlod dig jo på Kreta, for at du kunne løse de problemer, vi manglede at få løst, og for at du i hver by kunne indsætte ledere i menighederne, sådan som jeg gav dig besked om.

En leder i menigheden skal have et godt ry. Han skal være tro i sit ægteskab og have lært sine børn at være trofaste,[a] så de ikke skejer ud eller er oprørske. En, der får et lederansvar i Guds menighed, må ikke være arrogant, hidsig, drikfældig, stridslysten eller ude efter at berige sig selv. Han skal være gæstfri, godhjertet, fornuftig, retsindig, hengiven til Gud og have selvkontrol. Han skal være godt inde i den troværdige undervisning, vi har givet, så han kan vejlede andre ud fra den sunde lære og gendrive modstanderne.

Falske lærere skal irettesættes

10 Der er jo mange oprørske mennesker, der fører menigheden på vildspor, og det gælder især dem, der kræver, at alle kristne skal omskæres og holde de jødiske love. De siger en masse, men ved ikke, hvad de snakker om. 11 Dem skal du lukke munden på! De har allerede fået flere familier ført bort fra Guds nåde ved at undervise om ting, de skulle holde fingrene fra. Og så tager de endda betaling for det!

12 En profetisk digter, som selv er fra Kreta, har sagt: „Kreterne lyver altid. De er nogle dovne, forslugne, vilde bæster.” 13 Det er rigtigt nok. Derfor skal du irettesætte de falske lærere strengt, så de kan blive sunde i troen 14 og holde op med at hænge sig i jødiske myter og påbud fra folk, der har vendt sig fra sandheden. 15 Alt er rent for de rene, men for de vantro og urene er alt urent. De har dårlig samvittighed, og deres tanker er urene. 16 De hævder ganske vist, at de kender Gud, men deres livsførelse viser noget andet. De er afskyelige, ulydige og ude af stand til at gøre noget godt.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,6 Eller: „og have troende børn”.

New International Reader's Version

Titus 1

1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I serve God, and I am an apostle of Jesus Christ. God sent me to help his chosen people believe in Christ more and more. God sent me to help them understand even more the truth that leads to godly living. That belief and understanding lead to the hope of eternal life. Before time began, God promised to give that life. And he does not lie. Now, at just the right time, he has made his promise clear. He did this through the preaching that he trusted me with. God our Savior has commanded all these things.

Titus, I am sending you this letter. You are my true son in the faith we share.

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.

Choosing Elders Who Love What Is Good

I left you on the island of Crete. I did this because there were some things that hadn’t been finished. I wanted you to put them in order. I also wanted you to appoint elders in every town. I told you how to do it. An elder must be without blame. He must be faithful to his wife. His children must be believers. They must not give anyone a reason to say that they are wild and don’t obey. A church leader takes care of God’s family. That’s why he must be without blame. He must not look after only his own interests. He must not get angry easily. He must not get drunk. He must not push people around. He must not try to get money by cheating people. Instead, a church leader must welcome people into his home. He must love what is good. He must control his mind and feelings. He must do what is right. He must be holy. He must control the desires of his body. The message as it has been taught can be trusted. He must hold firmly to it. Then he will be able to use true teaching to comfort others and build them up. He will be able to prove that people who oppose it are wrong.

Warning People Who Fail to Do Good

10 Many people refuse to obey God. All they do is talk about things that mean nothing. They try to fool others. No one does these things more than the circumcision group. 11 They must be stopped. They are making trouble for entire families. They do this by teaching things they shouldn’t. They do these things to cheat people. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has a saying. He says, “People from Crete are always liars. They are evil beasts. They don’t want to work. They live only to eat.” 13 This saying is true. So give a strong warning to people who refuse to obey God. Then they will understand the faith correctly. 14 Then they will pay no attention to Jewish stories that aren’t true. They won’t listen to the mere human commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15 To people who are pure, all things are pure. But to those who have twisted minds and don’t believe, nothing is pure. In fact, their minds and their sense of what is right and wrong are twisted. 16 They claim to know God. But their actions show they don’t know him. They are hated by God. They refuse to obey him. They aren’t fit to do anything good.