Bible: 2 Timothy 2:1-13

Serving Faithfully Despite Hardship

2:1 So you, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2:2 And entrust what you heard me say 1  in the presence of many others as witnesses 2  to faithful people 3  who will be competent 4  to teach others as well. 2:3 Take your share of suffering 5  as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 2:4 No one in military service gets entangled in matters of everyday life; otherwise he will not please 6  the one who recruited him. 2:5 Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he will not be crowned as the winner 7  unless he competes according to the rules. 8  2:6 The farmer who works hard ought to have the first share of the crops. 2:7 Think about what I am saying and 9  the Lord will give you understanding of all this. 10 

2:8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David; 11  such is my gospel, 12  2:9 for which I suffer hardship to the point of imprisonment 13  as a criminal, but God’s message 14  is not imprisoned! 15  2:10 So I endure all things for the sake of those chosen by God, 16  that they too may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus and its eternal glory. 17  2:11 This saying 18  is trustworthy: 19 

If we died with him, we will also live with him.

2:12 If we endure, we will also reign with him. 20 

If we deny 21  him, 22  he will also deny us.

2:13 If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, since he cannot deny himself. 23 

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