2 Timothy 2:3

Suffer hardship with me (sunkakopaqhson). See 2 Corinthians 1:8 for this verb. The old preacher challenges the young one to share hardship with him for Christ. As a good soldier (o kalo stratiwth). Paul does not hesitate to use this military metaphor (this word only here for a servant of Christ) with which he is so familiar. He had already used the metaphor in 1 Corinthians 9:7 ; 2 Corinthians 10:3 ; 1 Timothy 1:18 . In Philippians 2:25 he called Epaphroditus "my fellow-soldier" (sunstratiwthn mou) as he did Archippus in Philemon 1:2 .