2 Timothy 2:1-13 ESV

A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

1 You then, 1my child, 2be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,

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2 and 3what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses 4entrust to faithful men 5who will be able to teach others also.

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3 6Share in suffering as 7a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

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4 No soldier 8gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

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5 9An athlete is not 10crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

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6 It is 11the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.

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7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, 12risen from the dead, the 13offspring of David, 14as preached in my gospel,

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9 15for which I am suffering, 16bound with chains as a criminal. But 17the word of God is not bound!

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10 Therefore 18I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain 19the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with 20eternal glory.

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11 The saying is 21trustworthy, for: 22If we have died with him, we will also 23live with him;

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12 24if we endure, we will also reign with him; 25if we deny him, he also will deny us;

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13 26if we are faithless, 27he remains faithful--for 28he cannot deny himself.

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