Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 170/260: Read 2 Timothy 1

“Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” There is much we can learn from just these few words that Paul wrote.

First, notice that there is a pattern. A pattern is something to be followed closely, from which one should not deviate. If we don’t follow the divine pattern, the end result will be different from what God intended. God is infinitely wiser than man, and it behooves us to follow His pattern precisely. His pattern works.

Second, consider the phrase “sound words.” The original Greek word for “sound” has reference to good health. Thus, to follow God’s pattern is good for one’s spiritual health. When we break away from His blueprint, we endanger our eternal well-being; we become unhealthy.

Next, consider the source. Paul was the one who delivered “the pattern of sound words” to Timothy (and to everyone else he taught). Paul, as an inspired apostle, was directed by the Holy Spirit. No preacher or teacher can truthfully claim the same today. When someone begins teaching something contrary to “the pattern of sound words” found in the New Testament, beware! They are endangering your spiritual health!

Finally, the motivation with which Paul taught was “in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” He wanted the very best for Timothy, and he taught according to the revelation of Christ our of a heart of faith and love. A powerful pattern for spiritual health, delivered from the inspired source with pure motivation.

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

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


Pray for wisdom in following God’s pattern, and for discernment in learning from uninspired men.

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