2 Timothy 2

Grace and Perseverance

1 You therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that [is] in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard me [say] among many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be qualified to teach others as well. 3 Join me in suffering, like [a] good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 A soldier refrains from entangling himself in [civilian] affairs, in order to please the [one who] enlisted him. 5 Likewise, a competitor does not receive the crown unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive his share of the crops. 7 Consider what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all things. 8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from [the] dead, descended from David, as proclaimed by my gospel, 9 for which I suffer to the extent of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained! 10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of the elect, so that they too may obtain [the] salvation that [is] in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 [This is a] trustworthy saying: If we died [with Him] , we will also live [with Him] ; 12 if we endure, we will also reign [with Him] ; if we deny [Him] , He will also deny us; 13 if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

The Lord's Approved Workman

14 Remind [ the believers ] of these things, charging [them] before God
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to avoid quarreling over words, [which is] in no way profitable [and leads] [its] listeners to ruin.
15 Make every effort to present yourself approved to God, [an] unashamed workman who accurately handles the word of truth. 16 But avoid irreverent, empty chatter, [which] will [only] lead to more ungodliness, 17 and the talk of [such men] will spread like gangrene. Among [them] are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have deviated from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already occurred, and they undermine the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “ [The] Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from iniquity.” 20 A large house contains not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay. Some indeed [are] for honorable [use] , but others [are] for common [use] . 21 So if anyone cleanses himself of what is unfit, he will be a vessel for honor: sanctified, useful to the Master, [and] prepared for every good work. 22 Flee from youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, [and] peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But reject foolish and ignorant speculation, for you know that it breeds quarreling. 24 And a servant of [the] Lord must not be quarrelsome, but he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, [and] forbearing. 25 [He must] gently reprove those who oppose [him] , in the hope that God may grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of [the] truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses [and escape] the snare of the devil, [who] has taken them captive to his will.
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