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3-8a For we ourselves have known what it is to be ignorant, disobedient and deceived, the slaves of various desires and pleasant feelings, while our lives were spent in malice and jealousy—we were hateful and we hated each other. But when the kindness of God our saviour and his love towards man appeared, he saved us—not by virtue of any moral achievements of ours, but by the cleansing power of a new birth and the moral renewal of the Holy Spirit, which he gave us so generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour. The result is that we are acquitted by his grace, and can look forward to inheriting life for evermore. This is solid truth.

8b-11 Subjects like this are always good and useful but mind you steer clear of stupid arguments, genealogies, controversies and quarrels over the Law. They settle nothing and lead nowhere. If a man is still argumentative after the second warning you should reject him. You can be sure that he has a moral twist, and he knows it.

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whom he poured out on us(A) generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace,(B) we might become heirs(C) having the hope(D) of eternal life.(E) This is a trustworthy saying.(F) And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good.(G) These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

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