I Tim 1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
Let’s translate verbatim the verse above:
“That they would teach no doctrine that deviates from the Bible truth because its essence, quality, and quantity come from another source, which is not founded on the words that make up the gospel.”
We sadly see these other doctrines today from many who are supposed to be teaching us the Bible.
2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Look at this verse.
“Hold firmly to the model of healthy, sound, or wholesome words, which you have heard from me.”
‘Sound”, is a medical term denoting excellent health.
Only the pure words of the gospel can promote health, to our spirits, soul and then body.
They are healthy words because they are true or are in accordance with what is factual about the God, who is the author of heath.
Let’s look at instances where this word for sound or healthy is used.
Lu 5:31 Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are healthy have no need of a physician, but those who are ill.
Lu 15:27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him back in good health, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
3Jo 1:2 Beloved, concerning all things I pray you to prosper and to be healthy, just as your soul prospers.
Now let’s find these as it pertains to God’s word.
1Ti 6:3 If anyone teaches differently and does not consent to sound words, even those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,
2Ti 4:3 For there will be a time when they will not put up with sound doctrine, but according to their own lusts, they will heap up for themselves teachers, tickling their ears,
Tit 1:9 holding fast to the faithful word as he was taught, that he may be able to exhort by sound doctrine, and to convince those who oppose it.
So what does it tell you about the importance of studying the Bible and not just reading it?
Only its study will allow you know the scriptures accurately and promote healthiness to your spirit, soul and bodies,
It’s a matter of health versus sickness, or life versus death.