For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
a. NLT: For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.
b. NIV: We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.
c. YLT: For partakers we have become of the Christ, if the beginning of the confidence unto the end we may hold fast,
d. Amplified Bible Classic: For we have become fellows with Christ (the Messiah) and share in all He has for us, if only we hold our first newborn confidence and original assured expectation [in virtue of which we are believers] firm and unshaken to the end.
1. “For we are made partakers of Christ…”
a. For [Strong: 1063 gár, gar; a primary particle; properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles):—and, as, because (that), but, even, for, indeed, no doubt, seeing, then, therefore, verily, what, why, yet.]
b. [we] are made [Strong: 1096 gínomai, ghin'-om-ahee; a prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e. (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.):—arise, be assembled, be(-come, -fall, -have self), be brought (to pass), (be) come (to pass), continue, be divided, draw, be ended, fall, be finished, follow, be found, be fulfilled, + God forbid, grow, happen, have, be kept, be made, be married, be ordained to be, partake, pass, be performed, be published, require, seem, be showed, × soon as it was, sound, be taken, be turned, use, wax, will, would, be wrought.]
c. partakers [Strong: 3353 métochos, met'-okh-os; from G3348; participant, i.e. (as noun) a sharer; by implication, an associate:—fellow, partaker, partner.]
d. [of] Christ [Strong: 5547 Christós, khris-tos'; from G5548; anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus:—Christ.]
2. “...if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;”
a. if [Strong: 1437 eán, eh-an'; from G1487 and G302; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty:—before, but, except, (and) if, (if) so, (what-, whither-)soever, though, when (-soever), whether (or), to whom, (who-)so(-ever).]
b. [Strong: 4007 per, per; from the base of G4008; an enclitic particle significant of abundance (thoroughness), i.e. emphasis; much, very or ever:—(whom-)soever.]
c. we hold [Strong: 2722 katéchō, kat-ekh'-o; from G2596 and G2192; to hold down (fast), in various applications (literally or figuratively):—have, hold (fast), keep (in memory), let, ×make toward, possess, retain, seize on, stay, take, withhold.]
d. the [Strong: 3588 ho ho, including the feminine he hay, and the neuter to to in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom):--the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.]
e. beginning [Strong: 746 archḗ, ar-khay'; from G756; (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concretely) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank):—beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.]
f. [of our] confidence [Strong: 5287 hypóstasis, hoop-os'-tas-is; from a compound of G5259 and G2476; a setting under (support), i.e. (figuratively) concretely, essence, or abstractly, assurance (objectively or subjectively):—confidence, confident, person, substance.]
g. steadfast [Strong: 949 bébaios, beb'-ah-yos; from the base of G939 (through the idea of basality); stable (literally or figuratively):—firm, of force, stedfast, sure.]
h. unto [Strong: 3360 méchri, mekh'-ree; from G3372; as far as, i.e. up to a certain point (as a preposition, of extent (denoting the terminus, whereas G891 refers especially to the space of time or place intervening) or conjunction):—till, (un-)to, until.]
i. [the] end [Strong: 5056 télos, tel'-os; from a primary τέλλω téllō (to set out for a definite point or goal); properly, the point aimed at as a limit, i.e. (by implication) the conclusion of an act or state (termination (literally, figuratively or indefinitely), result (immediate, ultimate or prophetic), purpose); specially, an impost or levy (as paid):—+ continual, custom, end(-ing), finally, uttermost.]
1). Interestingly it is also the substance of what faith is.
a). Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.