2 Timothy 2:6-18 NIV

6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.1

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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,2 descended from David.3 This is my gospel,4

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9 for which I am suffering5 even to the point of being chained6 like a criminal. But God's word7 is not chained.

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10 Therefore I endure everything8 for the sake of the elect,9 that they too may obtain the salvation10 that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.11

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11 Here is a trustworthy saying:12 If we died with him, we will also live with him;13

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12 if we endure, we will also reign with him.14 If we disown him, he will also disown us;15

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13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful,16 for he cannot disown himself.

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A Workman Approved by God

14 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words;17 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 workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.18

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16 Avoid godless chatter,19 because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.

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17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus20 and Philetus,

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18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place,21 and they destroy the faith of some.22

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