Demonic Influence 4 1Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, 2through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared. 3They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods that God created to be received with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth. 4For everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer. A Good Servant of Jesus Christ 6If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and the good teaching that you have followed. 7But have nothing to do with irreverent and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness, 8for the training of the body has a limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance. 10In fact, we labor and strive[I] for this, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe. Instructions for Ministry 11Command and teach these things. 12Let no one despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love,[J] in faith, in purity. 13Until I come, give your attention to public reading, exhortation, and teaching. 14Do not neglect the gift that is in you; it was given to you through prophecy, with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. 15Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all. 16Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.
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