VI. Charging the Saints
to Keep a Good Relationship
with the Government
- Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready unto every good work,
- To slander no one, to be uncontentious, gentle, showing all meekness toward all men.
- For we also were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving as slaves various lusts and pleasures, spending our lives in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
- But when the kindness and the love to man of our Savior God appeared,
- Not out of works in righteousness which we did but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit,
- Whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
- In order that having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
- Faithful is the word, and concerning these things I desire you to confidently affirm, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to maintain respectable works. These things are good and profitable to men.
- But avoid foolish questionings and genealogies and strifes and contentions about the law, for they are unprofitable and vain.
- A factious man, after a first and second admonition, refuse,
- Knowing that such a one is perverted and is sinning, though he is condemned by his own self.
- When I send Artemas to you or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
- Zenas the lawyer and Apollos send forward diligently that nothing may be lacking to them.
- And let those also who are ours learn to maintain respectable works for their necessary needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
- All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in faith. Grace be with you all.
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