And the things you have heard me say1 in the presence of many witnesses2 entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
Endure hardship with us3 like a good soldier4 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 crown5 unless he competes according to the rules.
The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.67
Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,7 descended from David.8 This is my gospel,99
for which I am suffering10 even to the point of being chained11 like a criminal. But God's word12 is not chained.
Therefore I endure everything13 for the sake of the elect,14 that they too may obtain the salvation15 that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.1611
Here is a trustworthy saying:17 If we died with him, we will also live with him;1812
if we endure, we will also reign with him.19 If we disown him, he will also disown us;20