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2 Timothy 2 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So, my son, throw yourself into this work for Christ. 1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 Pass on what you heard from me - the whole congregation saying Amen! - to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
3 When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did. 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4 A soldier on duty doesn't get caught up in making deals at the marketplace. He concentrates on carrying out orders. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer.
5 An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.
6 It's the diligent farmer who gets the produce. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.
7 Think it over. God will make it all plain. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
8 Fix this picture firmly in your mind: Jesus, descended from the line of David, raised from the dead. It's what you've heard from me all along. 8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,
9 It's what I'm sitting in jail for right now - but God's Word isn't in jail! 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained.
10 That's why I stick it out here - so that everyone God calls will get in on the salvation of Christ in all its glory. 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.
11 This is a sure thing: If we die with him, we'll live with him; 11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;
12 If we stick it out with him, we'll rule with him; If we turn our backs on him, he'll turn his back on us; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;
13 If we give up on him, he does not give up - for there's no way he can be false to himself. 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
14 Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God's people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. 14 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.
15 Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won't be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
16 Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they're not backed by a godly life, 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
17 they accumulate as poison in the soul. Hymenaeus and Philetus are examples, 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
18 throwing believers off stride and missing the truth by a mile by saying the resurrection is over and done with. 18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.
19 Meanwhile, God's firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: God knows who belongs to him. spurn evil, all you who name god as god. 19 Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
20 In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets - some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. 20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble.
21 Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
22 Run away from infantile indulgence. Run after mature righteousness - faith, love, peace - joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. 22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23 Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights. 23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
24 God's servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, 24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
25 working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,
26 enabling them to escape the Devil's trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands. 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.