Paul describes the latter-day apostasy—Christ is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the alatter times some shall bdepart from the faith, giving heed to cseducing spirits, and ddoctrines of devils;
2 Speaking alies in bhypocrisy; having their cconscience seared with a hot iron;
3 aForbidding to bmarry, and commanding to cabstain from dmeats, which God hath ecreated to be received with fthanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For every acreature of God is bgood, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with cthanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, awhereunto thou hast attained.
7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
8 For bodily exercise profiteth alittle: but bgodliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
10 For therefore we both alabour and suffer breproach, because we ctrust in the living God, who is the dSaviour of all men, specially of those that ebelieve.
11 These things command and teach.
12 Let no man adespise thy youth; but be thou an bexample of the believers, in word, in cconversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in dpurity.
13 Till I come, give attendance to areading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14 aNeglect not the bgift that is in thee, which was given thee by cprophecy, with the dlaying on of the ehands of the fpresbytery.
15 aMeditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy bprofiting may cappear to all.
16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both asave thyself, and them that hear thee.