IV. The Inoculator -- A Teacher,
a Soldier, a Contender,
a Farmer, and a Workman
1 You therefore, my achild, be 1bempowered in the 2cgrace which is in Christ Jesus;
2 And the 1things which you have aheard from me through many bwitnesses, these 2ccommit to 3dfaithful men, who will be competent to eteach others also.
3 aSuffer evil with me as a good 1bsoldier of Christ Jesus.
4 No one serving as a soldier 1aentangles himself with the baffairs of this 2life, that he may please the one who enlisted him.
5 And also if anyone 1acontends in the games, he is not 2bcrowned unless he contends lawfully.
6 The laboring 1afarmer must be the first to partake of the fruit.
7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in all things.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, 1araised from the dead, of the 2bseed of David, according to 3cmy gospel,
9 In which I asuffer evil unto bbonds as a ccriminal; but the dword of God is 1not bound.
10 Therefore I aendure all things for the sake of the 1bchosen ones, that they themselves also may obtain the csalvation which is in Christ Jesus 2with deternal glory.
11 aFaithful is the word: 1For if we 2bdied with Him, we will also 3clive with Him;
12 If we 1aendure, we will also 2breign with Him; if we cdeny Him, He also will 3deny us;
13 If we are afaithless, He remains 1faithful, for He 2bcannot deny Himself.
14 Remind them of these things, solemnly acharging them before God not to have bcontentions of words, which is cuseful for nothing, to the 1ruin of those who hear.
15 Be diligent to apresent yourself bapproved to God, an unashamed workman, 1cutting straight the cword of the 2dtruth.