Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

提摩太前书 1

1我保罗奉我们救主上帝和赐我们盼望的基督耶稣的命令,做基督耶稣的使徒, 写信给因信主而做我真儿子的提摩太。

愿父上帝和我们的主基督耶稣的恩典、怜悯和平安临到你!

谨防异端邪说

我去马其顿的时候,曾经劝你继续留在以弗所,好命令那几个人不要传讲异端邪说, 也不要沉迷于虚构的神话和冗长的家谱,因为这些事只会引起无用的猜测和辩论,无法帮助人凭信心认识上帝的救赎计划。 制止这些人的目的是为了爱,这爱来自于清洁的心、无亏的良心和真实无伪的信心。 可惜有些人却偏离这些,转向空洞的谈论。 他们想做律法教师,却不明白自己所谈论所主张的。

我们知道,只要用得合宜,律法本是好的。 因为律法并不是为义人设的,而是为了对付那些目无法纪、大逆不道、不敬畏上帝、犯罪作恶、不圣洁、贪恋世俗、谋杀父母、行凶害命、 10 淫乱、同性恋、拐卖人口、说谎、起假誓的人,以及其他违反正道的人。 11 这正道来自当受称颂的上帝托付我传扬的荣耀福音。

感谢上帝的怜悯

12 我感谢赐我力量的主基督耶稣,因为祂视我忠心可靠,派我事奉祂。 13 尽管我从前是个亵渎上帝、迫害和侮辱信徒的人,但我仍然蒙了怜悯,因为那时我无知,还没有信耶稣。 14 主赐给我丰富的恩典,使我在基督耶稣里有信心和爱心。

15 有句话千真万确、完全可信,就是“基督耶稣降世,为要拯救罪人。”在罪人中我是个罪魁, 16 但我依然蒙了怜悯,因为耶稣基督要在我这个罪魁身上彰显祂无限的忍耐,使我做那些要信靠祂并得到永生之人的榜样。

17 愿尊贵、荣耀归给那位不朽的、肉眼不能见的万世君王——独一无二的上帝,直到永远。阿们!

18 我儿提摩太啊,我依照从前有关你的预言,把这命令托付给你,好使你借此打美好的仗。 19 你要持守信心和无亏的良心。有些人丧掉良心,结果他们的信仰就像船触了礁, 20 其中有许米乃和亚历山大。我已经把他们交给撒旦,使他们受些教训,不敢再说亵渎的话。

The Message

1 Timothy 1

11-2 I, Paul, am an apostle on special assignment for Christ, our living hope. Under God our Savior’s command, I’m writing this to you, Timothy, my son in the faith. All the best from our God and Christ be yours!

Self-Appointed Experts on Life

3-4 On my way to the province of Macedonia, I advised you to stay in Ephesus. Well, I haven’t changed my mind. Stay right there on top of things so that the teaching stays on track. Apparently some people have been introducing fantasy stories and fanciful family trees that digress into silliness instead of pulling the people back into the center, deepening faith and obedience.

5-7 The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God. Those who fail to keep to this point soon wander off into cul-de-sacs of gossip. They set themselves up as experts on religious issues, but haven’t the remotest idea of what they’re holding forth with such imposing eloquence.

8-11 It’s true that moral guidance and counsel need to be given, but the way you say it and to whom you say it are as important as what you say. It’s obvious, isn’t it, that the law code isn’t primarily for people who live responsibly, but for the irresponsible, who defy all authority, riding roughshod over God, life, sex, truth, whatever! They are contemptuous of this great Message I’ve been put in charge of by this great God.

12-14 I’m so grateful to Christ Jesus for making me adequate to do this work. He went out on a limb, you know, in trusting me with this ministry. The only credentials I brought to it were invective and witch hunts and arrogance. But I was treated mercifully because I didn’t know what I was doing—didn’t know Who I was doing it against! Grace mixed with faith and love poured over me and into me. And all because of Jesus.

15-19 Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof—Public Sinner Number One—of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now he shows me off—evidence of his endless patience—to those who are right on the edge of trusting him forever.

Deep honor and bright glory
    to the King of All Time—
One God, Immortal, Invisible,
    ever and always. Oh, yes!

I’m passing this work on to you, my son Timothy. The prophetic word that was directed to you prepared us for this. All those prayers are coming together now so you will do this well, fearless in your struggle, keeping a firm grip on your faith and on yourself. After all, this is a fight we’re in.

19-20 There are some, you know, who by relaxing their grip and thinking anything goes have made a thorough mess of their faith. Hymenaeus and Alexander are two of them. I let them wander off to Satan to be taught a lesson or two about not blaspheming.