Christ gives eternal glory to the elect—Shun contention and seek godliness.
1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to ateach others also.
3 Thou therefore endure ahardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5 And if a man also astrive for bmasteries, yet is he not ccrowned, except he strive lawfully.
6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first apartaker of the fruits.
7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was araised from the dead according to my bgospel:
9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be adead with him, we shall also live with him:
12 If we asuffer, we shall also breign with him: if we cdeny him, he also will deny us:
13 If we abelieve not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot bdeny himself.
14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they astrive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
15 aStudy to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, brightly dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and avain babblings: for they will increase unto more bungodliness.
17 And their aword will eat as doth a canker: of whom is bHymenæus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have aerred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of aearth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a avessel unto honour, bsanctified, and cmeet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
22 Flee also youthful alusts: but follow brighteousness, faith, charity, cpeace, with them that call on the Lord out of a dpure heart.
23 But afoolish and unlearned bquestions avoid, knowing that they do gender cstrifes.
24 And the servant of the Lord must not astrive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to bteach, patient,
25 In ameekness binstructing those that oppose themselves; if God cperadventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken acaptive by him at his will.