The church is in a fight for survival against a subtle enemy and hostile world. Sin is rampant. Lust threatens us all. Love of the world may turn us into deserters. Suffering will shake us. Persecution is still a reality. We need a bedrock to give us footing as the world around us seems to totter and shake. Verse 8 has the core idea for Timothy with the world seemingly spinning out of control: Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel. In the midst of your struggles against the world, the flesh, and the devil:Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead.