Share in suffering (2 Tim. 2:3)

“Share in suffering

Like a good soldier

Of Jesus Christ.”

συνκακοπάθησον ὡς καλὸς στρατιώτης Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ.

Paul said, “Share in suffering (συνκακοπάθησον) like a good soldier (ὡς καλὸς στρατιώτης) of Jesus Christ (Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word συνκακοπάθησον, that means to bear evil treatment along with or suffer hardships together.  Paul wanted Timothy to suffer with others like a good solder of Jesus Christ.  Paul was going to use the example of people who suffered like a soldier, an athlete, and a farmer.  They all suffered with others.  The followers of Jesus Christ were to suffer together with their fellow Christians just like a good soldier in time of war suffers.  However, Timothy was a soldier for Jesus Christ.  Do you consider yourself a soldier of Jesus Christ?

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