Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 168
Context: The writer, perhaps Paul, but probably a pseudonymous writer using Paul's name, sends this pastoral letter to Timothy, perhaps Paul's friend in Christ, but probably another church official. Admonishing his fellow preacher to preserve the true doctrine, he declares that the Christian is redeemed by Christ, not the law, which, however, is still valuable for the unrighteous. Proclaiming Christianity as the faith for all men, he describes the good bishop, the good deacon, the role of the Church, and the place of the elder. The false teachers having been condemned, the writer urges his friend to remain apart from them and to place no emphasis on worldly possessions, which bring only sorrow:
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content.
. . .
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some covet after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
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