This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and by Christ Jesus our hope.
It is written to Timothy, my true child in the faith.May God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those who are teaching wrong doctrine.
Don't let people waste time in endless speculation over myths and spiritual pedigrees. a For these things only cause arguments; they don't help people live a life of faith in God. b5
The purpose of my instruction is that all the Christians there would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith.
But some teachers have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time arguing and talking foolishness.
They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don't know what they are talking about, even though they seem so confident.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)