4:1But the Spirit saith expressly, that in later times some shall fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, 4:2through the hypocrisy of men that speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron; 4:3forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by them that believe and know the truth. 4:4For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it be received with thanksgiving: 4:5for it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer.
A good Minister of Jesus Christ
4:6If thou put the brethren in mind of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished in the words of the faith, and of the good doctrine which thou hast followed until now: 4:7but refuse profane and old wives' fables. And exercise thyself unto godliness: 4:8for bodily exercise is profitable for a little; but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life which now is, and of that which is to come. 4:9Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation. 4:10For to this end we labor and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of them that believe.
4:11These things command and teach. 4:12Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an ensample to them that believe, in word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity. 4:13Till I come, give heed to reading, to exhortation, to teaching. 4:14Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 4:15Be diligent in these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy progress may be manifest unto all. 4:16Take heed to thyself, and to thy teaching. Continue in these things; for in doing this thou shalt save both thyself and them that hear thee.
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