You then, my child, must be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
All that you have been taught by me in the hearing of many witnesses, you must hand on to trusty men who shall themselves, in turn, be competent to instruct others also.
As a good soldier of Christ Jesus accept your share of suffering.
Every one who serves as a soldier keeps himself from becoming entangled in the world's business--so that he may satisfy the officer who enlisted him.
And if any one takes part in an athletic contest, he gets no prize unless he obeys the rules.
The harvestman who labours in the field must be the first to get a share of the crop.
Mark well what I am saying: the Lord will give you discernment in everything.
Never forget that Jesus Christ has risen from among the dead and is a descendant of David, as is declared in the Good News which I preach.
For preaching the Good News I suffer, and am even put in chains, as if I were a criminal: yet the word of God is not imprisoned.
For this reason I endure all things for the sake of God's own people; so that they also may obtain salvation--even the salvation which is in Christ Jesus--and with it eternal glory.
Faithful is the saying: "If we died with Him, we shall also live with Him;
"If we patiently endure pain, we shall also share His Kingship; "If we disown Him, He will also disown us;
"And even if *our* faith fails, He remains true--He cannot prove false to Himself."