Be Strong in Grace
1You therefore, #1 Tim. 1:2my son, #Eph. 6:10be 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 #2 Tim. 4:5endure hardship #1 Cor. 9:7; 1 Tim. 1:18as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4#(2 Pet. 2:20)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 #(1 Cor. 9:25)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 #Prov. 2:6give you understanding in all things.
8Remember that Jesus Christ, #Rom. 1:3, 4of the seed of David, #1 Cor. 15:4was raised from the dead #Rom. 2:16according to my gospel, 9#Acts 9:16for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, #Eph. 3:1even to the point of chains; #Acts 28:31; (2 Tim. 4:17)but the word of God is not chained. 10Therefore #Eph. 3:13I endure all things for the sake of the elect, #2 Cor. 1:6; 1 Thess. 5:9that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11This is a faithful saying:
For #Rom. 6:5, 8; 1 Thess. 5:10if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
12#(Matt. 19:28); Luke 22:29; (Rom. 5:17; 8:17)If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
#Matt. 10:33; Luke 12:9; 1 Tim. 5:8If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
13If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He #Num. 23:19; Titus 1:2cannot deny Himself.
Approved and Disapproved Workers
14Remind them of these things, #1 Tim. 5:21; 6:4; 2 Tim. 2:23; Titus 3:9charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15#1 Tim. 4:13; 2 Pet. 1:10Be 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. #1 Tim. 1:20Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18who have strayed concerning the truth, #1 Cor. 15:12saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19Nevertheless #Matt. 24:24; (1 Cor. 3:11)the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord #Num. 16:5; (Nah. 1:7); John 10:14, 27knows 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 #Rom. 9:21vessels 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, #2 Cor. 9:8; (Eph. 2:10);2 Tim. 3:17prepared for every good work. 22#1 Tim. 6:11Flee 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 #Titus 3:2a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, #Titus 1:9able to teach, #1 Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7patient, 25#Gal. 6:1; Titus 3:2; 1 Pet. 3:15in humility correcting those who are in opposition, #Acts 8:22if God perhaps will grant them repentance, #1 Tim. 2:4so that they may know the truth, 26and that they may come to their senses and #1 Tim. 3:7escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.