Christian Living among Outsiders

Remind them to submit(A) to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness(B) to all people. For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions(C) and pleasures,(D) living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.

But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared,(E) he saved us(F)—not by works of righteousness that we had done,(G) but according to his mercy(H)—through the washing of regeneration(I) and renewal by the Holy Spirit.(J) He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly(K) through Jesus Christ our Savior so that, having been justified by his grace,(L) we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.(M) This saying is trustworthy.(N) I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed God might be careful to devote themselves to good works. These are good and profitable for everyone. But avoid foolish debates,(O) genealogies,(P) quarrels,(Q) and disputes about the law, because they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 Reject a divisive(R) person after a first and second warning.(S) 11 For you know that such a person has gone astray and is sinning; he is self-condemned.

Final Instructions and Closing

12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you,(T) make every effort to come to me(U) in Nicopolis, because I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos(V) on their journey, so that they will lack(W) nothing.

14 Let our people learn to devote themselves to good works for pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.(X) 15 All those who are with me send you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with all of you.(Y)

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