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1 Timothy 3:14-4:6 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA)

The Mystery of Our Religion

14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, 15 if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth. 16 Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great:

He[a] was revealed in flesh,
    vindicated[b] in spirit,[c]
        seen by angels,
proclaimed among Gentiles,
    believed in throughout the world,
        taken up in glory.

False Asceticism

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later[d] times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer.

A Good Minister of Jesus Christ

If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters,[e] you will be a good servant[f] of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching that you have followed.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Timothy 3:16 Gk Who; other ancient authorities read God; others, Which
  2. 1 Timothy 3:16 Or justified
  3. 1 Timothy 3:16 Or by the Spirit
  4. 1 Timothy 4:1 Or the last
  5. 1 Timothy 4:6 Gk brothers
  6. 1 Timothy 4:6 Or deacon
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