2 Timothy 2:1-13

A good soldier for Christ

1 Timothy, you are like my own child. Let God make you strong. He is kind, so trust him to help you, because you belong to Christ Jesus. 2 You have heard the message that I have taught. Many other people also heard it and they agree that it is true. Now you must tell the same message to other people who will be able to teach it to even more people. Those should be people that you can trust as honest people and who can teach well.

3 Be patient through the troubles that we Christians have. Be brave and strong, like a good soldier for Christ Jesus. 4 Any soldier who fights in a war does not become busy with other things. He only wants to fight well to make his captain happy. 5 It is the same with an athlete who runs a race. He cannot win the race unless he obeys the rules. 6 A farmer works very much to grow plants for food. So, he should be the first person to receive some of that food. 7 Think carefully about what I am saying to you. The Lord will help you to understand all these things.

8 Jesus Christ came from King David's family. God caused him to become alive again after his death on the cross. Remember that! These facts are part of the good news that I tell people. 9 And I receive many troubles because I tell that good news to people. They have even tied me up in a prison, like someone who has done something bad. But nobody can keep God's message in a prison!

2:8David was a great king of Israel's people, about 1,000 years before Christ came to this earth. See 1 Samuel 16:1-13; 2 Samuel 7:8-9; 8:15.

10 So I continue to be patient and brave during all these troubles. I do that so that I can help the people that God has chosen to belong to him. I want God to save them too, because of what Christ Jesus has done for them. As a result, they will live with God for ever, in the beautiful place where he lives.

11 We all know that this is true:

‘If we have died with Christ in this world,

we will also live with him in the future world.

2:11‘We have died with Christ’ means that we belong to Christ and we know that he died on our behalf. When he died on the cross to save us from our sins, it is like we also died with him. God has forgiven us for our sins and we have become like new people. Our old lives have finished and we have started to live new lives.

12 If we continue to be strong during troubles here,

we will also rule with him there in heaven.

But if we say that we do not know Christ,

he will also say that he does not know us.

13 Even if we no longer trust him,

he will still be someone that people can trust.

He will always remain true to his nature.’

2:13These words may be part of a song that the Christians knew.