1The Holy Spirit clearly says that in the last days some people will leave the faith. They will follow spirits that will fool them. They will believe things that demons will teach them.2Teachings like those come from liars who pretend to be what they are not. Their sense of what is right and wrong has been destroyed. It’s as though it has been burned with a hot iron.3They do not allow people to get married. They order them not to eat certain foods. But God created those foods. So people who believe and know the truth should receive them and give thanks for them.4Everything God created is good. You shouldn’t turn anything down. Instead, you should thank God for it.5The word of God and prayer make it holy.6Point out these things to the brothers and sisters. Then you will serve Christ Jesus well. You will show that you’ve grown in the truths of the faith. You will show that you’ve been trained by the good teaching you’ve obeyed.7Don’t have anything to do with godless stories and silly tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.8Training the body has some value. But being godly has value in every way. It promises help for the life you are now living and the life to come.9This is the truth you can trust and accept completely.10This is why we work and try so hard. It’s because we have put our hope in the living God. He is the Saviour of all people. Most of all, he is the Saviour of those who believe.11Command and teach these things.12Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live. Also set an example in how you love and in what you believe. Show the believers how to be pure.13Until I come, spend your time reading Scripture out loud to one another. Spend your time preaching and teaching.14Don’t fail to use the gift the Holy Spirit gave you. He gave it to you through a prophecy from God. It was given when the elders placed their hands on you.15Keep on doing these things. Give them your complete attention. Then everyone will see how you are coming along.16Be careful of how you live and what you believe. Never give up. Then you will save yourself and those who hear you.
6If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. (2Ti 3:10; 2Ti 3:14)7Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; (1Ti 1:4; Heb 5:14)8for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (Ps 37:4; Ps 37:9; Ps 37:11; Ps 84:11; Ps 112:2; Ps 145:19; Pr 19:23; Pr 22:4; Mt 6:33; Mr 10:30; Col 2:23; 1Ti 6:6; 1Pe 3:9)9The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. (1Ti 1:15)10For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. (Joh 4:42; 1Ti 2:4)11Command and teach these things. (1Ti 5:7; 1Ti 6:2)12Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. (1Co 16:11; 2Ti 2:22; Tit 2:7; Tit 2:15; 1Pe 5:3)13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.14Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. (Ac 6:6; 1Th 5:19; 1Ti 1:18)15Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. (Php 1:12)16Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. (Eze 33:9; Ac 20:28; Ro 11:14)