Here is a trustworthy saying:1 If we died with him, we will also live with him;212
if we endure, we will also reign with him.3 If we disown him, he will also disown us;413
if we are faithless, he will remain faithful,5 for he cannot disown himself.
Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words;6 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.716
Avoid godless chatter,8 because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus9 and Philetus,
who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place,10 and they destroy the faith of some.1119
Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm,12 sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his,"a13 and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord14 must turn away from wickedness."
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble.1521
If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.16