The Appeal Renewed

You then, my son,(A) be strong(B) in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say(C) in the presence of many witnesses(D) entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering,(E) like a good soldier(F) of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown(G) except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.(H) Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,(I) descended from David.(J) This is my gospel,(K) for which I am suffering(L) even to the point of being chained(M) like a criminal. But God’s word(N) is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything(O) for the sake of the elect,(P) that they too may obtain the salvation(Q) that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.(R)

11 Here is a trustworthy saying:(S)

If we died with him,
    we will also live with him;(T)
12 if we endure,
    we will also reign with him.(U)
If we disown him,
    he will also disown us;(V)
13 if we are faithless,
    he remains faithful,(W)
    for he cannot disown himself.

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我儿啊,你要在基督耶稣的恩典上刚强起来。 你在许多见证人面前听见我所教训的,也要交托那忠心能教导别人的人。 你要和我同受苦难,好像基督耶稣的精兵。 凡在军中当兵的,不将世务缠身,好叫那招他当兵的人喜悦。 人若在场上比武,非按规矩,就不能得冠冕。 劳力的农夫理当先得粮食。 我所说的话你要思想,因为凡事主必给你聪明。 你要记念耶稣基督乃是大卫的后裔,他从死里复活,正合乎我所传的福音。


我为这福音受苦难,甚至被捆绑,像犯人一样;然而,神的道却不被捆绑。 10 所以,我为选民凡事忍耐,叫他们也可以得着那在基督耶稣里的救恩和永远的荣耀。 11 有可信的话说:我们若与基督同死,也必与他同活; 12 我们若能忍耐,也必和他一同做王;我们若不认他,他也必不认我们; 13 我们纵然失信,他仍是可信的,因为他不能背乎自己。

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