Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,1 descended from David.2 This is my gospel,39
for which I am suffering4 even to the point of being chained5 like a criminal. But God's word6 is not chained.
Therefore I endure everything7 for the sake of the elect,8 that they too may obtain the salvation9 that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.1011
Here is a trustworthy saying:11 If we died with him, we will also live with him;1212
if we endure, we will also reign with him.13 If we disown him, he will also disown us;1413
if we are faithless, he will remain faithful,15 for he cannot disown himself.
Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words;16 it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.17