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The Patternists: “Hold fast the pattern”

Image“Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:13).

Paul’s instructions to Timothy are applicable to us as well. Consider the following:

  • “hold fast” – the phrase, when applied literally, references something one has in his hands. It carries the idea of clinging to or adhering to something. In this case, the pattern of sound words.
  • “the pattern” – a sketch, outline or pattern. Heard from Paul. A exposition by Paul to Timothy of sound words.
  • “sound words” – the word “sound” refers to being in good health. As Thayer notes, it is used metaphorically of words that contain no error (contaminants).
  • “in faith and love” – faith in Jesus Christ brings fidelity to His teaching. Love is the motivation of those who practically apply that teaching in their relationships to God and others.

Simply put, those who believe in Christ are to take the pattern (scripture) and cling to it. They are to keep it, and apply it to their lives and relationships, refusing to allow any contaminates to change or alter it.

Perhaps this passage will be helpful the next time someone tells you that doctrine does not matter.

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