A reminder: “Hold fast”

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Today, September 4, 2013, I begin my day by reflecting upon the “Verse of the Day.”  In this case, 2 Timothy 1:13-14 (KJV):

13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

 

As is sometimes the case, I prefer reading the passage in the Amplified Bible:

13 Hold fast and follow the pattern of wholesome and sound teaching which you have heard from me, in [all] the faith and love which are [for us] in Christ Jesus.

14 Guard and keep [with the greatest care] the precious and excellently adapted [Truth] which has been entrusted [to you], by the [help of the] Holy Spirit Who makes His home in us.

Hold fast means “to remain strong in the faith.” The phrase is actually translated from a compound word in Greek that literally means “upon to hold.” It means “to hold fast, to give close attention to, and to give heed to.” Pastor Scott Harris speaks of the phrase as meaning “to heed, that is, to pay attention to and then not stray from it.” The pronoun “it,” as revealed in Philippians 2:16, refers to “holding fast the word of life.”

The phrase is used as an exhortation to “hold fast the profession or confession of our faith” in Hebrews:

Hebrews 4:14:

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

Hebrews 10:23:

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised);

As believers we are encouraged in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 to “Prove all things and to hold fast to that which is good” which is rendered this way in the Amplified Bible:

But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.

As we continue to advance ever so rapidly into the 21st Century, now more than ever, Christians need to be reminded to “hold fast,” particularly today when the pressures of life bombard us and circumstances seems to make it easier to just give up and go with the flow. Despite the pressures to do otherwise, we must resist and tenaciously hold on to, give our full attention to and not stray from the pattern of sound doctrine. Not just today but every day, we must “hold fast.”

The contemporary Christian musical group “Mercy Me” offers this moving reminder to “Hold Fast.”

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