2 Timothy 2:5-15 NIV

5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.

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6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.

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7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,

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9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.

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10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

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11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;

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12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;

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13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

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Dealing With False Teachers

14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.

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15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

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