1The Spirit has explicitly said that during the last times some wil desert the faith and pay attention todeceitful spirits and doctrines that come from devils, 2seduced by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are branded as though with a red-hot iron: 3they forbid marriage and prohibit foods which God created to be accepted with thanksgiving by all whobelieve and who know the truth. 4Everything God has created is good, and no food is to be rejected, provided it is received withthanksgiving: 5the word of God and prayer make it holy. 6If you put al this to the brothers, you wil be a good servant of Christ Jesus and show that you havereal y digested the teaching of the faith and the good doctrine which you have always fol owed. 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales. Train yourself for religion. 8Physical exercise is useful enough, but the usefulness of religion is unlimited, since it holds out promiseboth for life here and now and for the life to come; 9that is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt it. 10I mean that the point of al our toiling and battling is that we have put our trust in the living God and heis the Saviour of the whole human race but particularly of al believers. 11This is what you are to instruct and teach. 12Let no one disregard you because you are young, but be an example to al the believers in the way youspeak and behave, and in your love, your faith and your purity. 13Until I arrive, devote yourself to reading to the people, encouraging and teaching. 14You have in you a spiritual gift which was given to you when the prophets spoke and the body of elderslaid their hands on you; do not neglect it. 15Let this be your care and your occupation, and everyone wil be able to see your progress. 16Be conscientious about what you do and what you teach; persevere in this, and in this way you wilsave both yourself and those who listen to you.
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