A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

2 Timothy 2

1 You therefore, a my son, b be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 You therefore must c endure 1 hardship d as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 e No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also f if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, and 2 may the Lord g give you understanding in all things.

8 Remember that Jesus Christ, h of the seed of David, i was raised from the dead j according to my gospel, 9 k for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, l even to the point of chains; m but the word of God is not chained. 10 Therefore n I endure all things for the sake of the 3 elect, o that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

11 This is a faithful saying:
For p if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
12 q If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
r If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.

13 If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He s cannot deny Himself.

  1. Cross References
    1 Timothy 1:2
    To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
  2. Cross References
    Ephesians 6:10
    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
  3. Cross References
    2 Timothy 4:5
    But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
  4. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 9:7
    Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?
    1 Timothy 1:18
    This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.
  5. Cross References
    2 Peter 2:20
    For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
  6. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 9:25
    And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
  7. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:6
    For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
  8. Cross References
    Romans 1:3
    Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh.
    Romans 1:4
    And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 15:4
    And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.
  10. Cross References
    Romans 2:16
    In the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
  11. Cross References
    Acts 9:16
    "For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake."
  12. Cross References
    Ephesians 3:1
    For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles -
  13. Cross References
    Acts 28:31
    Preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.
    2 Timothy 4:17
    But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
  14. Cross References
    Ephesians 3:13
    Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
  15. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:6
    Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
    1 Thessalonians 5:9
    For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  16. Cross References
    Romans 6:5
    For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.
    Romans 6:8
    Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.
    1 Thessalonians 5:10
    Who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
  17. Cross References
    Matthew 19:28
    So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
    Luke 22:29
    And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me.
    Romans 5:17
    For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
    Romans 8:17
    And if children, then heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
  18. Cross References
    Matthew 10:33
    But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
    Luke 12:9
    But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
    1 Timothy 5:8
    But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
  19. Cross References
    Numbers 23:19
    God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
    Titus 1:2
    In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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