A Loyal Soldier of Christ Jesus
1You then, Timothy, my child, be strong in the grace we have in Christ Jesus. 2You should teach people whom you can trust the things you and many others have heard me say. Then they will be able to teach others. 3Share in the troubles we have like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4A soldier wants to please the enlisting officer, so no one serving in the army wastes time with everyday matters. 5Also an athlete who takes part in a contest must obey all the rules in order to win. 6The farmer who works hard should be the first person to get some of the food that was grown. 7Think about what I am saying, because the Lord will give you the ability to understand everything.
8Remember Jesus Christ, who was raised from the dead, who is from the family of David. This is the Good News I preach, 9and I am suffering because of it to the point of being bound with chains like a criminal. But God’s teaching is not in chains. 10So I patiently accept all these troubles so that those whom God has chosen can have the salvation that is in Christ Jesus. With that salvation comes glory that never ends.
11This teaching is true:
If we died with him, we will also live with him.
12If we accept suffering, we will also rule with him.
If we say we don’t know him, he will say he doesn’t know us.
13If we are not faithful, he will still be faithful,
because he must be true to who he is.
A Worker Pleasing to God
14Continue teaching these things, warning people in God’s presence not to argue about words. It does not help anyone, and it ruins those who listen. 15Make every effort to give yourself to God as the kind of person he will approve. Be a worker who is not ashamed and who uses the true teaching in the right way. 16Stay away from foolish, useless talk, because that will lead people further away from God. 17Their evil teaching will spread like a sickness inside the body. Hymenaeus and Philetus are like that. 18They have left the true teaching, saying that the rising from the dead has already taken place, and so they are destroying the faith of some people. 19But God’s strong foundation continues to stand. These words are written on the seal: “The Lord knows those who belong to him,” and “Everyone who wants to belong to the Lord must stop doing wrong.”
20In a large house there are not only things made of gold and silver, but also things made of wood and clay. Some things are used for special purposes, and others are made for ordinary jobs. 21All who make themselves clean from evil will be used for special purposes. They will be made holy, useful to the Master, ready to do any good work.
22But run away from the evil desires of youth. Try hard to live right and to have faith, love, and peace, together with those who trust in the Lord from pure hearts. 23Stay away from foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they grow into quarrels. 24And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, a good teacher, and patient. 25The Lord’s servant must gently teach those who disagree. Then maybe God will let them change their minds so they can accept the truth. 26And they may wake up and escape from the trap of the devil, who catches them to do what he wants.