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Safe, Fit and Sound

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Once more doctrine is looked at for our continued learning on this great subject of the Bible, a subject that will affect all of us in judgment. May we have a solemn desire to be cohorts only with truth. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).
The Holy Spirit guided the pens of the writers of the Bible and used words to be pictures of ideas. Words conjure in our minds an image or pictures that we can relate to. Notice Paul writing to Timothy: "But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righ­teous man, but for the lawless and dis­obedient, for the ungodly and for sin­ners, for unholy and profane, for mur­derers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whore­mongers, for them that defile them­selves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; according to the glori­ous gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust" (ITim. 1:8-11). The law, the gospel, and sound doctrine are all used to describe God's message of instruction for the well being of the soul and the body of his crown of creation—man. His law, his gospel, and his sound doctrine build man's safety net for him and his family. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hos. 4:6). We study God's Book lest we be wedded to a false viewpoint, and we study to be harmoniously unified with Divinity.
Safe and Sound
Why did the Holy Spirit choose to identify the doctrine of Christ as "SOUND" doctrine? Let us visit that modifying word and see. It is used as an adjective and we remember the work of an adjective is to limit or qualify. To place the word "sound" before the word doctrine is to qualify or limit it to only sound doctrine. It is regulatory in nature. Paul informs Titus and Timothy that he was regulating the kind of doc­trine they were to teach the churches... Sound Doctrine.
Sound is defined: "to have sound health, i.e. be well (in body); figuratively, to be (incorrupt (true in doctrine):-be in health, (be safe and) sound, (be) whole(-some)."
To walk a path that is sound, spiritu­ally healthy, true, safe and faithful, it must be built upon:
(1) Words that are sound: "Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 1:13), words that are healthy, true, safe, wholesome, and uncorrupt for the soul.
(2) Faith that is sound: "This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith" (Titus l:13)...healthy faith, true faith, safe faith, uncorrupt faith, well faith, and wholesome faith. Faith of this sort is only to be found in God. Christ is the great exemplar of a person whose faith was safe and sound, healthy and well. His sound faith allowed him to turn back the adversarial assaults of the devil in Matthew 4:1-10.
(3)   Speech that is sound: "Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you" (Titus 2:8). Here sound speech is defined: "healthy, i.e. well (in body); figura­tively, true (in doctrine):—sound, whole." There are numerous scriptural refer­ences that echo God's commands about what comes from the mouth of his children, it must be healthy, true, and wholesome. "Let no corrupt communi­cation proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edify­ing" (Eph. 4:29).
(4) Mind that is sound: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). Here sound is defined: "discipline, i.e. self-control:— sound mind. " Amind ruled by temperance and under the control of God's Spirit is a sound mind. This is a healthy mind, a true mind, and an uncorrupt mind. The complexities of life are unraveled by the soundness of one's mind, made such by the entrance of and obedience to the New Testament.
(5)   Doctrine that is sound:   "But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine" (Titus 2:1). This doc­trine is healthy, safe, uncorrupt, true, makes one well, and wholesome.
These five areas of our lives cover the vast interest God has in our total being. God has a desire to make us into something that we cannot be without His help, yet something He cannot do without our total help—our submis­sion. "For if there be first a willing mind..." (2 Cor. 8:12).
Producing Soundness of Life
The Word of God can make a person a sound person. Without it we are un­sound, we are on an unsafe foundation. Without it we walk in opposition to God. We are told by the apostle Paul, God's name and His doctrine will be blasphemed when we do not honor and obey the sound doctrine of God. "Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed" (1 Timo­thy 6:1).
The work of the church's leadership was to be in the word and sound doc­trine of Christ. "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double hon­our, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine" (1 Tim. 5:17). This placed the membership on a safe foun­dation and living a life that was spiritu­ally healthy. The health and safety of the church of tomorrow is determined in a great part by the strength of the leadership today. Knowing the preda­tory nature of the devil, God esteemed the value of the truth and shared it with man for his victory weaponry.
Doctrine That Fits God
The doctrine taught by the apostles fit what God would have men to do. "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godli­ness" (1 Timothy 6:3). Men teach doc­trines that are not of God, not accord­ing to godliness. These doctrines fit what men would have men to do. If pleasing God is the result of our life and worship, then only sound doctrine, doctrine that is according to godliness or fits godliness will be our utmost ef­fort. Fit is defined— "wellplaced, appropriate:—fit, meet. ""And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62). It is not appropriate as a follower of Christ to return to the weak and beggarly ele­ments of the world." But now, after that ye have known God, or rather   are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bond­age?" (Gal. 4:9). Being deaf to God's Word renders us deaf to man's only hope.
God's doctrine serves us well by identifying what is appropriate, what is fitting for the lives of the saved. Divine explication is for our good, our salva­tion. The doctrine of Christ formulates and identifies the life God commands men to live if heaven is one's goal. It prepares man to be fit for the battle against the great adversary of the soul—the devil. "But speak thou the things which become (fits) sound doc­trine. That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience" (Tit. 2:1-2). Speak­ing doctrine that fits prepares the sol­diers of Christ for battle. "And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilder­ness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains" (1 Chron. 12:8).
The doctrine of men justifies for the sake of men, the lives and actions they or others want to live. The doctrine of the devil satisfies the flesh's craving to do its own thing, but what is the reward of pleasing the devil?
Like the salt without its savor, a life in opposition to God is in vain, not fit. "It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear" (Luke 14:35).
When speaking of the teaching of God, you are identifying his doctrine. His doctrine is good for man, it is necessary for the salvation of man. Build­ing our lives upon the sound doctrine of God is building it upon a safe and healthy foundation, a foundation that is appropriate and fit. Just as God has His doctrine, the devil and man have their doctrines. Their doctrines are not safe, not appropriate, nor fit. "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; con­tinue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee" (1 Timothy 4:16). Judgment will identify whose doctrine we have followed. "The stains of sin last forever, unless they meet the blood of Christ." 582 Murray Kitt. Rd., Readyville, TN 37149


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