Knijga O Kristu

Prva poslanica Timoteju 4

Upozorenje na lažne učitelje

1Sveti Duh nam izričito kaže da će u posljednja vremena neki otpasti od vjere i prikloniti se prijevarnim duhovima i učenjima zloduha.

Takvi će učitelji biti licemjeri i lažljivci otupjele savjesti.

Zabranjivat će ljudima da se žene i da jedu neke vrste hrane. Ali Bog je stvorio sva jela, da ih ljudi koji su spoznali istinu jedu sa zahvalnošću.

Sve što je Bog stvorio dobro je i ništa ne treba odbaciti, već uzimati sa zahvalnošću

jer znamo da to posvećuju Božja riječ i molitva.

Dobar sluga Isusa Krista

Objasniš li to braći, bit ćeš dobar sluga Krista Isusa; hranit ćeš se riječima vjere i istinitoga učenja koje postojano slijediš.

Ne gubi vrijeme raspravljajući o budalastim idejama, o smiješnim mitovima i legendama. To su ionako samo uzaludne priče. Provodi, umjesto toga, vrijeme u jačanju svojeg duha.

Tjelovježba jest od neke koristi, ali pobožnost donosi potpunu korist jer joj je obećan život - i sadašnji i budući.

To je istina i zaslužuje da se prihvati.

10 Za nju se trudimo i borimo. Pouzdajemo se u živoga Boga, Spasitelja svih ljudi, a posebice vjernika.

11 Poučavaj tu istinu i trudi se da ju svi nauče.

12 Ne daj da te tko manje poštuje zbog tvoje mladosti. Budi uzor svim vjernicima u riječi, vladanju, ljubavi, vjeri i čistoći.

13 Dok ja ne dođem, posveti se čitanju Svetoga pisma Crkvi te hrabrenju i poučavanju vjernika.

14 Ne zanemaruj duhovni dar koji si primio po proročanstvu i polaganjem ruku starješinskog zbora.

15 Potpuno se tomu posveti da svi vide tvoj napredak.

16 Dobro pazi na sebe i pazi što poučavaš. Ostani vjeran onome što je ispravno; tako ćeš osigurati spasenje i sebi i onima koji te slušaju.

The Message

1 Timothy 4

Teach with Your Life

11-5 The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy.

6-10 You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.

11-14 Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.

15-16 Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.