Nkwa Asem

Timoteo I 1


1Saa nhoma yi fi Yesu Kristo somafo Paulo a ɔnam Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn anidaso no hyɛ so nkyɛn, kɔma Timoteo a ɔyɛ me ba kann wɔ gyidi no mu nkyɛn. Agya Onyankopɔn ne Kristo Yesu a ɔyɛ yɛn Awurade no adom, mmɔborɔhunu ne asomdwoe nka mo.

Mompo atoro akyerɛkyerɛfo

Mepɛ sɛ motena Efeso sɛnea merekɔ Makedonia no meka kyerɛɛ mo no. Nnipa bi wɔ hɔ a wɔrekyerɛkyerɛ nkyerɛkyerɛ bɔne a ɛsɛ sɛ mohyɛ wɔn na wogyae. Monka nkyerɛ wɔn na wonnyae atorosɛm ne wɔn nenanom din bebrebe a wɔbobɔ no, efisɛ, saa nneyɛe no de akyinnye ba. Ɛmmoa Onyankopɔn nhyehyɛe a wɔnam gyidi nko so na wohu no. Saa ɔhyɛ yi botae ara ne sɛ, ɛbɛkanyan ɔdɔ a efi koma pa, adwenem fann ne gyidi pa mu.

Nnipa bi atwe wɔn ho afi ɔkwan pa no so de wɔn ho ama akyinnye hunu. Wɔpɛ sɛ wɔyɛ Onyankopɔn mmara no akyerɛkyerɛfo nanso wɔn ara wɔn nsɛm a wɔka no wɔnte ase. Saa ara nso na wonni gyidi wɔ nsɛm a wɔka no mu.

Yenim sɛ, sɛ wɔnam mmara kwan so de Mmara no di dwuma a eye. Ɛsɛ sɛ yɛkae hu sɛ, wɔnyɛ mmara mma atreneefo na mmom wɔyɛ ma mmaratofo, nnebɔneyɛfo, wɔn a wonsuro Nyame ne abɔnefo, wɔn a wɔnyɛ kronkron anaa wɔn ho ntew, wɔn a wokum wɔn agyanom ne wɔn nanom, awudifo, 10 afideyɛfo, aguamammɔfo, nnipawiafo, atorofo a wɔka nkontomposɛm anaa wɔyɛ biribi a ɛne nokware nkyerɛkyerɛ no bɔ abira no. 11 Saa nkyerɛkyerɛ no wɔ Asɛmpa a wɔde ama me sɛ menka ho asɛm nkyerɛ no mu. Ɛyɛ Asɛmpa a efi Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ onuonyamfo na wɔahyira no no nkyɛn.

12 Meda yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo a wama me ahoɔden ma midi me dwuma no ase. Meda no ase sɛ wadwen me ho sɛ mefata na wayi me sɛ mensom no. 13 Nanso mmere bi a atwam no, na mekasa tia no, taa no, kaa nsɛm a ɛmfata faa ne ho. Onyankopɔn ahu me mmɔbɔ na esiane sɛ na minnye nni nti, na minnim nea mereyɛ. 14 Yɛn Awurade hwiee n’adom a ɛdɔɔso no guu me so maa me gyidi ne ɔdɔ a esiane sɛ yɛne Kristo Yesu aka abom no nti, abɛyɛ yɛn dea no.

15 Eyi yɛ nokwasɛm a ɛsɛ sɛ yegye tom na yegye di koraa sɛ: Kristo Yesu baa wiase begyee nnebɔneyɛfo nkwa. Meyɛ ɔdebɔneyɛfo a odi kan koraa. 16 Nanso esiane saa nti, wahu me mmɔbɔ sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a me a meyɛ ɔdebɔneyɛfo a odi kan no, Kristo Yesu nam me so bɛda ne boasetɔ a enni awiei no adi akyerɛ wɔn a wobegye no adi no na wɔanya nkwa a enni awiei. 17 Anuonyam ne nnidi nka Onyankopɔn daadaa. Ɔno ne mmeresantenhene. Ɔno na wonhu no na onwu da nso. Ɔno nkutoo ne Onyankopɔn a nimdeɛ ahyɛ no ma. Amen.

18 Afei, me ba Timoteo, mede saa dwumadi a wɔhyɛɛ ho nkɔm fi tete no hyɛ wo nsa. Wugu so reko ɔko pa no no, ma saa nsɛm no nyɛ w’akode, 19 na so wo gyidi mu dennen na ma w’adwene mu nyɛ fann. Nnipa bi ntie wɔn atiboa nam saayɛ so asɛe wɔn gyidi. 20 Saa nnipa no bi ne Himeneo ne Aleksandro a mayi wɔn ama Satan na wakyerɛ wɔn sɛnea wɔnnka abususɛm nntia Onyankopɔn.

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.