Second Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-13

A reading from the second letter of Paul to Timothy.

Remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of David, was raised from the dead.  This is the gospel I preach; in preaching it I suffer as a criminal, even to the point of being thrown into chains – but there is no chaining the Word of God!  Therefore I bear with all of this for the sake of those whom God has chosen, in order that they may obtain the salvation to be found in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.

You can depend on this:
If we have died with Christ,
we shall also live with Christ;
If we hold out to the end
we shall also reign with Christ.

But if we deny Christ, Christ will deny us.  If we are unfaithful, Christ will still remain faithful; for Christ can never be unfaithful.

The Word of God recorded in the second letter of Paul to Timothy.