“2 Timothy 1:13-14”
Categories: 2 Timothy
“Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.”
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“Retain the standard of sound words” (verse 13). The word “standard” means an “outline or sketch” and was used metaphorically for a “pattern” according to Vine’s Dictionary. Friends, the inspired word of God is a blueprint to build by and not a catalogue of suggestions. The “sound” (where our word “hygiene” comes from) “words” (doctrine) that we read in our New Testament is not to be deviated from in the slightest or we will have a sickly and perverted faith. The perfect word of God is what we are to pattern our personal lives after and our local congregations after. Paul exhorted the young preachers, Timothy and Titus, of the necessity of teaching this concept and command repeatedly (1 Timothy 1:3, 10; 6:3; 2 Timothy 4:3; Titus 1:9, 13; 2:1, 2, 8).
“Guard…the treasure which has been entrusted to you” (verse 14). Do you understand the value of the Bible? According to Paul, writing under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it is priceless wealth to be treasured. This precious word that is able to save our souls (James 1:21) is “entrusted” in a special way to all Gospel preachers, and they will be held accountable to God if they mismanaged it or tarnish it or devalue it by altering it or deviating from it. But the doctrine of Christ has been entrusted to all of us to cherish, treasure, love, respect and obey—for our own betterment and life everlasting.
“The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7-11)
Please read 2 Timothy 1:15-18 for tomorrow.
- Louie Taylor