In 2 Timothy 1:13 Paul said, “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” In illustration of this passage of text, I showed my children this morning what I believed Paul was referring to when he said, “Hold fast…” I picked up my cell phone and placed it in the palm of my hand; this was an example of holding an object. I asked them, “Now what if someone brushed against me?” The phone would obviously drop and your cyber world would come to an end. In the second illustration I not only held it, I gripped it tightly. The tighter the grip the least likely it would fall to the ground and break. Paul is saying that as believers we need to grip tightly the word of Truth. The tighter the grip, the least likely the lies from Satan and this world will cause us to stumble, fall, and break. John Calvin wrote, “Paul knew how ready men are to depart or fall off from pure doctrine. For this reason he earnestly cautions Timothy not to turn aside from that form of teaching which he had received, and to regulate his manner of teaching by the rule which had been laid down; not that we ought to be very scrupulous about words, but because to misrepresent doctrine, even in the smallest degree, is exceedingly injurious.”

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