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Thought for the Month- July 2014
Thought for the Month- July
HOLD FAST THE FORM OF SOUND WORDS……..IN FAITH AND LOVE. 2 Timothy ch.1 v13.
Recapping can be a most helpful means of underscoring what has been already presented. So, in doing this we are reminded that Hold Fast is to have; firmness, tenacity and strength of grip. In our verse the command refers to, the form of sound words. The question has to be asked, does this mean adherence to a crede, following a set of rules by which evidence of a profession is given? The biblical answer to this is surely a resounding NO. The word Form has in this context the thought of a pattern, an outline, presented by Paul to Timothy and by extension to us, as a living and vital expression of Truth.
Our second question has to be, but what are these sound words and what is meant by them being described as sound? We are given a clue by what Paul says – “you have heard from me”. We learn they are what Paul by the Holy Spirit has communicated to Timothy in his letters and are now part of Biblical Truth which we are commanded to Hold Fast. We also want to understand what is meant by sound. In a general sense we would view it as reliable, trustworthy and dependable, however when we come to consider it in a spiritual context, yes it includes the above but there is added to it the thought of providing spiritual health, and development .
We are then told in what spirit we are to Hold Fast…..in faith and love. Would the thought of “faith” remind us that the truth of Scripture is God Breathed and our responsibility is to accept it and believe it. There is then a very practical aspect to this. In holding fast this pattern of sound words, it must be done toward our brothers and sisters in Christ with that overarching umbrella of Love which is in Christ Jesus.