Be Strong

1 You therefore, my 1son, 2be strong in the grace that is in 3Christ Jesus.
2 The things 4which you have heard from me in the presence of 5many witnesses, 6entrust these to 7faithful men who will be 8able to teach others also.
4 No soldier in active service 12entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
5 Also if anyone 13competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless * he competes according to the rules.
6 14The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.
7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
10 For this reason 23I endure all things for 24the sake of those who are chosen, 25so that they also may obtain the 26salvation which is in 27Christ Jesus and with it 28eternal glory.
11 29It is a trustworthy statement: For 30if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
12 If we endure, 31we will also reign with Him; If we 32deny Him, He also will deny us;
13 If we are faithless, 33He remains faithful, for 34He cannot * deny Himself.

An Unashamed Workman

14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly 35charge them in the presence of God not to 36wrangle about words, which is useless * and leads to the ruin of the hearers.
15 Be diligent to 37present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling 38the word of truth.
16 But 39avoid 40worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness,