I Timothy 4:1-12
I Timothy 4:1-12
 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
 through the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared,
 who forbid marriage and enjoin abstinence from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving;
 for then it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
 If you put these instructions before the brethren, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the good doctrine which you have followed.
 Have nothing to do with godless and silly myths. Train yourself in godliness;
 for 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.
 The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance.
 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
 Command and teach these things.
 Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs which he did;
 but Jesus did not trust himself to them,
 because he knew all men and needed no one to bear witness of man; for he himself knew what was in man.
 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicode’mus, a ruler of the Jews.
 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.”
 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
 Nicode’mus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
 Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born anew.’
 The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.”
 Nicode’mus said to him, “How can this be?”
 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this?
 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony.
 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
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