The Pattern

Paul said imitate him!




Proverbs 14:12-13

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. 13 Even in laughter the heart is sad, and the end of joy is grief.”  RSV

Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 
All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” RSV (See also 2 Peter 1:20-21)

Paul inspired by God says in Philippians 3:17
“Brethren, join in imitating (#4831) me, and mark those who so live as you have an  example (#5179) (pattern) in us.” RSV

Paul inspired by God says in 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9
“For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate (#3401) us; we were not idle when we were with you, 8 we did not eat any one's bread without paying, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you. 9 It was not because we have not that right, but to give you in our conduct an example to imitate (#3401)”. RSV

Paul inspired by God says in 1 Corinthians 4:16
“I urge you, then, be imitators (#3402) of me.” RSV

Paul inspired by God says in 1 Corinthians 11:1
“Be imitators (#3402) of me, as I am of Christ.” RSV

Paul inspired by God says in 1 Thessalonians 1:6
“And you became imitators (#3402) of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit” RSV

2 Timothy 1:13-14 (Doctrinal sense)
"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.” AMP

2 Timothy 1:13-14
"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.” KJV