Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

提摩太前書 1

1我保羅奉我們救主上帝和賜我們盼望的基督耶穌的命令,作基督耶穌的使徒, 寫信給因信主而作我真兒子的提摩太。

願父上帝和我們的主基督耶穌的恩典、憐憫和平安臨到你!

謹防異端邪說

我去馬其頓的時候,曾經勸你繼續留在以弗所,好命令那幾個人不要傳講異端邪說, 也不要沉迷於虛構的神話和冗長的家譜,因為這些事只會引起無用的猜測和辯論,無法幫助人憑信心認識上帝的救贖計劃。 制止這些人的目的是為了愛,這愛來自於清潔的心、無虧的良心和真實無偽的信心。 可惜有些人卻偏離這些,轉向空洞的談論。 他們想做律法教師,卻不明白自己所談論所主張的。

我們知道,只要用得合宜,律法本是好的。 因為律法並不是為義人設的,而是為了對付那些目無法紀、大逆不道、不敬畏上帝、犯罪作惡、不聖潔、貪戀世俗、謀殺父母、行兇害命、 10 淫亂、同性戀、拐賣人口、說謊、起假誓的人,以及其他違反正道的人。 11 這正道來自當受稱頌的上帝託付我傳揚的榮耀福音。

感謝上帝的憐憫

12 我感謝賜我力量的主基督耶穌,因為祂視我忠心可靠,派我事奉祂。 13 儘管我從前是個褻瀆上帝、迫害和侮辱信徒的人,但我仍然蒙了憐憫,因為那時我無知,還沒有信耶穌。 14 主賜給我豐富的恩典,使我在基督耶穌裡有信心和愛心。

15 有句話千真萬確、完全可信,就是「基督耶穌降世,為要拯救罪人。」在罪人中我是個罪魁, 16 但我依然蒙了憐憫,因為耶穌基督要在我這個罪魁身上彰顯祂無限的忍耐,使我做那些要信靠祂並得到永生之人的榜樣。

17 願尊貴、榮耀歸給那位不朽的、肉眼不能見的萬世君王——獨一無二的上帝,直到永遠。阿們!

18 我兒提摩太啊,我依照從前有關你的預言,把這命令託付給你,好使你藉此打美好的仗。 19 你要持守信心和無虧的良心。有些人喪掉良心,結果他們的信仰就像船觸了礁, 20 其中有許米乃和亞歷山大。我已經把他們交給撒旦,使他們受些教訓,不敢再說褻瀆的話。

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.