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.

Knijga O Kristu

Prva poslanica Timoteju 1

Timoteju, mojemu pravom sinu u vjeri.Neka ti Bog Otac i naš Gospodin Isus Krist podare milost, milosrđe i mir.

Upozorenje na lažne učitelje

Kao što sam te zamolio kad sam odlazio u Makedoniju, ostani u Efezu da zapovjediš onima koji šire pogrešno učenje da to prestanu činiti.

Neka ne trate vrijeme na beskonačna nagađanja o mitovima i rodoslovljima. To više pogoduje prepirkama nego služenju Bogu u vjeri.

Zapovijedam to zato da svi budete puni ljubavi, što dolazi iz čista srca, čiste savjesti i neprijetvorne vjere.

Ali neki su učitelji zastranili i skrenuli u prazno naklapanje.

Htjeli bi biti učitelji Zakona, a ne razumiju ni ono što sami govore i što uporno tvrde.

Znamo da je Zakon dobar kad se njime služi onako kako je to Bog odredio.

Ali Bog ga nije dao zbog ljudi koji čine što je pravedno; on je za zločince i buntovnike, za bezbožnike i grešnike, koji nisu sveti, već svjetovni, za ubojice - čak i vlastitih roditelja,

10 za bludnike, homoseksualce, otmičare, varalice, lašce i sve koji čine što se protivi zdravome učenju

11 slavne Radosne vijesti blaženoga Boga, koji ju je meni povjerio.

Pavlova zahvalnost za Božje milosrđe

12 Silno sam zahvalan našemu Gospodinu Kristu Isusu, koji mi je dao snagu, što me smatrao dostojnim povjerenja i što me je postavio da mu služim

13 iako sam prije bio hulitelj Boga, progonitelj i nasilnik.

14 Kako je milostiv bio naš Gospodin! Posve me ispunio vjerom i ljubavlju u Kristu Isusu.

15 Ova je riječ vjerodostojna i zaslužuje da se prihvati: Krist Isus došao je na svijet spasiti grešnike - a od njih sam najgori bio ja.

16 Bog mi se smilovao da budem primjer kako Krist Isus ima strpljenja i s najgorim grešnicima. Tako će i ostali shvatiti da i oni mogu povjerovati u njega i imati vječni život.

17 Neka je slava i čast Bogu u vijeke vjekova. On je vječni, nevidljivi i besmrtni Kralj; jedini Bog. Amen.

Timotejeva odgovornost

18 Timoteju, sine, stavljam ti na srce zapovijed da se držiš prijašnjih proročanstava koja se odnose na tebe i da se, ravnajući se prema njima, dobro boriš.

19 Čuvaj svoju vjeru u Krista i čistu savjest. Neki su ju okaljali pa su doživjeli brodolom vjere.

20 Među njima su Himenej i Aleksandar. Morao sam ih predati Sotoni da nauče ne huliti Boga.