For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,1 but a spirit of power,2 of love and of self-discipline.
So do not be ashamed3 to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner.4 But join with me in suffering for the gospel,5 by the power of God,
who has saved6 us and called7 us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done8 but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
but it has now been revealed9 through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus,10 who has destroyed death11 and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
And of this gospel12 I was appointed13 a herald and an apostle and a teacher.1412
That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed,15 because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard16 what I have entrusted to him for that day.17