You then, my son,1 be strong2 in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
And the things you have heard me say3 in the presence of many witnesses4 entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
Endure hardship with us5 like a good soldier6 of Christ Jesus.
No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer.
Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown7 unless he competes according to the rules.
The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.87
Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,9 descended from David.10 This is my gospel,119
for which I am suffering12 even to the point of being chained13 like a criminal. But God's word14 is not chained.
Therefore I endure everything15 for the sake of the elect,16 that they too may obtain the salvation17 that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.1811
Here is a trustworthy saying:19 If we died with him, we will also live with him;20