Friday, January 22, 2021
II Timothy 2:3-14
II Timothy 2:3-14
 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
 No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him.
 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
 Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything.
 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, as preached in my gospel,
 the gospel for which I am suffering and wearing fetters like a criminal. But the word of God is not fettered.
 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory.
 The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him;
 if we endure, we shall also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
 if we are faithless, he remains faithful —
for he cannot deny himself.
 Remind them of this, and charge them before the Lord to avoid disputing about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
 If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true;
 there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true.
 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.
 Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this that you may be saved.
 He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
 But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has granted me to accomplish, these very works which I am doing, bear me witness that the Father has sent me.
 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness to me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen;
 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe him whom he has sent.
 You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me;
 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
 I do not receive glory from men.
 But I know that you have not the love of God within you.
 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
 How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; it is Moses who accuses you, on whom you set your hope.
 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me.
 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
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