Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

1 Timotheo 1

1Kutoka kwa Paulo, mtume wa Kristo Yesu kwa amri ya Mungu Mwokozi wetu na ya Kristo Yesu aliye tumaini letu. Kwa

Walimu Wa Uongo

Kama nilivyokusihi wakati nikienda Makedonia, napenda ukae hapo Efeso uwaamuru watu fulani wasiendelee kufundisha mafund isho ya uongo. Pia wasiendelee kupoteza wakati wao kwa hadithi na orodha ndefu zisizo na mwisho za majina ya vizazi ambazo huchochea mabishano badala ya kuwajenga katika maarifa ya kimungu yatokanayo na imani. Shabaha ya maagizo haya ni upendo utokao katika moyo safi, dhamiri njema na imani ya kweli. Watu wengine wamepotoka na kuingia katika majadiliano yasiyo na maana kwa kuwa hawakuzingatia mambo haya. Wanataka kuwa walimu wa sheria ingawa hawaelewi mambo wanayosema wala hayo wanayotilia mkazo.

Tunajua kwamba sheria ni njema iwapo inatumika ipasavyo. Lakini tuelewe kwamba sheria haikuwekwa kwa ajili ya wenye haki, bali kwa ajili ya waasi na wasiotii: wasiomcha Mungu na wenye dhambi; wale wasio watakatifu, walio wachafu; wale wanaow aua baba zao na mama zao; wale wanaoua binadamu; 10 wale wal iowazinzi, wafiraji; wale wanaoteka watu nyara, na waongo, na wanaoapa kwa uwongo; na mengine mengi ambayo ni kinyume cha mafundisho ya kweli, 11 ambayo yanaambatana na Injili tukufu ya Mungu Mbarikiwa, ambayo nimekabidhiwa. 12 Nami namshukuru Kristo Yesu Bwana wetu, aliyenitia nguvu na kunihesabu kuwa ni mwaminifu kwa kunichagua nimtumikie. 13 Ingawa hapo mwanzo nilimkufuru na kumtesa na kumtukana, nili hurumiwa kwa sababu nilitenda hayo katika ujinga wangu na kutoku amini kwangu. 14 Na neema ya Bwana wetu ilimiminika tele kwa ajili yangu pamoja na imani na upendo uliomo ndani ya Kristo Yesu. 15 Neno hili ni la hakika tena linastahili kukubalika kabisa, kwamba Kristo Yesu alikuja duniani kuokoa wenye dhambi, ambao kati yao, mimi ni mwenye dhambi kuliko wote. 16 Lakini nilihurumiwa kwa sababu hii kwamba, kwa kunitumia mimi niliyekuwa mwenye dhambi kuliko wote, Kristo aonyeshe uvumilivu wake, niwe mfano kwa wote watakaomwamini na kupata uzima wa milele. 17 Basi, heshima na utukufu ni wake yeye Mfalme wa milele, asi yekufa wala asiyeonekana, aliye peke yake Mungu, milele na milele. Amina.

18 Mwanangu Timotheo, ninakukabidhi agizo hili, kufuatana na maneno ya unabii yaliyosemwa juu yako, ili kwa kuyafuata uweze kupigana ile vita njema, 19 ukishikilia imani na dhamiri njema. Watu wengine, kwa kukataa kuisikiliza dhamiri yao, wameangamiza imani yao. 20 Miongoni mwa watu hao wamo Himenayo na Aleksanda ambao nimewakabidhi kwa shetani, ili wajifunze wasimtukane Mungu.

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.