October 23

2 Tim 2:1-21

You therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit the same to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of life, that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier. Also, if anyone competes in athletics, he isnít crowned unless he has competed by the rules. The farmers who labor must be the first to get a share of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the offspring of David, according to my Good News, in which I suffer hardship to the point of chains as a criminal. But Godís word isnít chained. Therefore I endure all things for the chosen onesí sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. This saying is trustworthy:

ďFor if we died with him,

we will also live with him.

If we endure,

we will also reign with him.

If we deny him,

he also will deny us.

If we are faithless,

he remains faithful.

He canít deny himself.Ē

Remind them of these things, charging them in the sight of the Lord, that they donít argue about words, to no profit, to the subverting of those who hear.

Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesnít need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth. But shun empty chatter, for it will go further in ungodliness, and those words will consume like gangrene, of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; men who have erred concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past, and overthrowing the faith of some. However Godís firm foundation stands, having this seal, ďThe Lord knows those who are his,Ē and, ďLet every one who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.Ē Now in a large house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of clay. Some are for honor, and some for dishonor. If anyone therefore purges himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, and suitable for the masterís use, prepared for every good work.