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.