1Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity; 2not to go slandering other people but to be peaceable and gentle, and always polite to people of al kinds. 3There was a time when we too were ignorant, disobedient and misled and enslaved by different passionsand dissipations; we lived then in wickedness and malice, hating each other and hateful ourselves. 4But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour for humanity were revealed, 5it was not because of any upright actions we had done ourselves; it was for no reason except his ownfaithful love that he saved us, by means of the cleansing water of rebirth and renewal in the Holy Spirit 6which he has so generously poured over us through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7so that, justified by his grace, we should become heirs in hope of eternal life. 8This is doctrine that you can rely on. I want you to be quite uncompromising in teaching all this, so thatthose who now believe in God may keep their minds constantly occupied in doing good works. Al this is good,and useful for everybody. 9But avoid foolish speculations, and those genealogies, and the quibbles and disputes about the Law --they are useless and futile. 10If someone disputes what you teach, then after a first and a second warning, have no more to do withhim: 11you wil know that anyone of that sort is warped and is self-condemned as a sinner. 12As soon as I have sent Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to join me at Nicopolis, where I havedecided to spend the winter. 13Help eagerly on their way Zenas the lawyer and Apollos, and make sure they have everything theyneed. 14Al our people must also learn to occupy themselves in doing good works for their practical needs, andnot to be unproductive. 15Al those who are with me send their greetings. Greetings to those who love us in the faith. Grace bewith you all.
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