I'm giving you this commission in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is coming to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearance and his kingdom.
Preach the word. Be ready to do it whether it is convenient or inconvenient. Correct, confront, and encourage with patience and instruction.
There will come a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. They will collect teachers who say what they want to hear because they are self-centered.
They will turn their back on the truth and turn to myths.
But you must keep control of yourself in all circumstances. Endure suffering, do the work of a preacher of the good news, and carry out your service fully.
I'm already being poured out like a sacrifice to God, and the time of my death is near.
I have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.
At last the champion's wreath that is awarded for righteousness is waiting for me. The Lord, who is the righteous judge, is going to give it to me on that day. He's giving it not only to me but also to all those who have set their heart on waiting for his appearance.