Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, as preached in my gospel,
the gospel for which I am suffering and wearing fetters like a criminal. But the word of God is not fettered.
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory.
The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him;
if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful--for he cannot deny himself.
Remind them of this, and charge them before the Lord to avoid disputing about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.