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 crown1 unless he competes according to the rules.
The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.27
Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,3 descended from David.4 This is my gospel,59
for which I am suffering6 even to the point of being chained7 like a criminal. But God's word8 is not chained.
Therefore I endure everything9 for the sake of the elect,10 that they too may obtain the salvation11 that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.1211
Here is a trustworthy saying:13 If we died with him, we will also live with him;1412
if we endure, we will also reign with him.15 If we disown him, he will also disown us;1613
if we are faithless, he will remain faithful,17 for he cannot disown himself.