Now the spirit says explicitly that in the later times some will depart
from the faith and occupy themselves with lying spirits and teachings
that come from demons,
2 through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences
3 These people forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods which God created to be eaten with thanksgiving by those who believe
and know the truth.
4 For everything created by God is good, and no food
should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is made
holy by God’s word and by prayer.
6 By pointing these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good
servant of Messiah Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and of the
sound teaching which you followed. 7 But refuse to have anything to do with
godless and foolish myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness
Physical training has limited value, but godliness is valuable in every way as
it holds promise for the present life and for the Life to come.
saying is trustworthy and deserves to be fully accepted.
10 That Life is what we are
laboring and striving toward, because we have set our hope on the
living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of believers.
11 Command and teach these things.
12 Do not let anyone look down on you
because you are young, but be an example for the believers in speech,
conduct, love, faith and purity.
13 Until I arrive, give attention to the public
reading of Scripture, exhortation, and teaching.
14 Do not neglect your
spiritual gift, which was given to you accompanied by prophetic words when
the elders laid hands on you.
15 Work hard at these things; devote yourself to them,
so that your progress may be visible to everyone.
16 Be conscientious about
your life and your teaching. Persevere in this, as by doing so
you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.
I.e. teachings proceeding from the mind of demons, supernatural personalities.
Jesus had spiritualized the food laws, “cleansing all foods” as the Markan comment in Mark
7:19 shows: “Thus Jesus spoke, cleansing all foods.” Paul likewise, speaking as a Jew and a Christian,
viewed the food laws of Lev. 11 as obsolete (see Rom. 14:14, 20; 1 Cor. 9:20-21). To reintroduce them
would mean erecting the barrier between Jew and Gentile which has been removed in Christ (Eph.
2:14; Col. 2:16-17; Gal. 4:10).