Be Strong in Grace
1You therefore, ⚓my son, ⚓be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
3You therefore must ⚓endure hardship ⚓as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4⚓No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
5And also ⚓if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
6The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.
7Consider what I say, and may the Lord ⚓give you understanding in all things.
8Remember that Jesus Christ, ⚓of the seed of David, ⚓was raised from the dead ⚓according to my gospel,
9⚓for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, ⚓even to the point of chains; ⚓but the word of God is not chained.
10Therefore ⚓I endure all things for the sake of the elect, ⚓that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11This is a faithful saying:
For ⚓if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
12⚓If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
⚓If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
13If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He ⚓cannot deny Himself.
Approved and Disapproved Workers
14Remind them of these things, ⚓charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.
15⚓Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.
17And their message will spread like cancer. ⚓Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,
18who have strayed concerning the truth, ⚓saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.
19Nevertheless ⚓the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord ⚓knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
20But in a great house there are not only ⚓vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.
21Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, ⚓prepared for every good work.
22⚓Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
24And ⚓a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, ⚓able to teach, ⚓patient,
25⚓in humility correcting those who are in opposition, ⚓if God perhaps will grant them repentance, ⚓so that they may know the truth,
26and that they may come to their senses and⚓escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.