THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
Author: The apostle Paul (1:1).
Time of Writing: Approximately A.D. 65, after Paul's first Roman imprisonment.
Place of Writing: Probably Macedonia (1:3).
Recipient: Timothy (1:2).
God's Economy concerning the Church
1 1Paul, an aapostle of Christ Jesus baccording to the 2ccommand of 3dGod our Savior and of Christ Jesus our 4ehope,
2 To 1aTimothy, genuine bchild in 2faith: Grace, cmercy, peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
II. God's Economy
versus Different Teachings
3 Even as I exhorted you, when I was 1going into aMacedonia, to remain in bEphesus in order that you might charge 2certain ones not to teach 3cdifferent things
4 Nor to give heed to 1amyths and unending 2bgenealogies, which produce cquestionings rather than God's 3deconomy, which is in 4efaith.
5 But the end of the 1charge is 2alove out of a 3bpure heart and out of a good cconscience and out of unfeigned dfaith;
6 From which things some, having 1amisaimed, have turned aside to 2bvain talking,
7 Desiring to be 1ateachers of the law, though they understand neither the things that they say, nor concerning what they 2bconfidently affirm.
8 But we know that the alaw is good, if one uses it lawfully
9 And knows this, that the alaw is not enacted for a righteous man but for the lawless and bunruly, for the cungodly and sinners, for the dunholy and eprofane, for those who 1strike their fathers and those who 1strike their mothers, for murderers,
10 For fornicators, ahomosexuals, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever other thing that is opposed to the 1bhealthy teaching,
11 aAccording to the 1bgospel of the glory of the cblessed God, with which I was dentrusted.
12 I give thanks to Him who 1aempowers me, Christ Jesus our Lord, that He has counted me bfaithful, cappointing me to the dministry,
13 Who formerly was a 1blasphemer and a apersecutor and an 2insulting person; but I was shown 3bmercy because, being 4cignorant, I acted in 4dunbelief.
14 And the 1agrace of our Lord bsuperabounded with 2cfaith and love in Christ Jesus.
15 aFaithful is the word and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus 1came into the world to save bsinners, of whom I am foremost.
16 But because of this I was shown amercy, that in me, the foremost, Jesus Christ might display all His long-suffering for a 1pattern to those who are to bbelieve on Him unto 2ceternal life.
17 1Now to the aKing of the ages, bincorruptible, cinvisible, the donly God, be 2ehonor and fglory for ever and ever. Amen.
III. Faith and a Good Conscience
Needed for the Keeping of the Faith
18 This 1acharge I commit to you, my bchild Timothy, according to the 2cprophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you might 3dwar the good warfare,
19 aHolding 1bfaith and a good cconscience, concerning which some, thrusting these away, have become 2shipwrecked regarding the 3dfaith;
20 Of whom are 1aHymenaeus and 2bAlexander, whom I have cdelivered to Satan that they may be 3disciplined not to dblaspheme.