Posted by: Ety W. | April 19, 2008

Spiritual Soundness

“….be…..sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.” from Titus 2:2

What does that word “sound” mean to you? In the above context I mean. Does it seem like an important Bible word? It’s not a word I would ordinarily think to research, but here, it is being used in reference to three words that are very important in Christian teaching: faith, love and perseverance.

Sound – Strong’s 5198 – ùγιαινω – hugiaino – to have sound health, i.e. be well (in body). Figuratively, to be uncorrupt or true in doctrine. Also translated in the KJV as: whole, wholesome, safe and sound, and be in health.

Obviously in Titus 2:2 it is being used figuratively.

In The New Englishman’s Greek Concordance and Lexicon, I note that the word hugiaino is used twelve times in the New Testament. For this study, I’m not interested in it’s literal references to health, so I’ll just look at the figurative ones. As I examine these verses my questions are, “In what is a Christian to be sound? In what am I to be whole, uncorrupt, and true?”

… and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, – 1 Tim. 1:10

If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words… 1 Tim. 6:3

Retain the standard of sound words… 2 Tim. 1:13

…they will not endure sound doctrine… 2 Tim. 4:3

…may be able to both exhort in sound doctrine…. Titus 1:9

…that they may be sound in faith… Titus 1:13

…speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine… Titus 1:2

….sound in faith, in love, in perseverance… Titus 2:2

Okay. I now have a list of things in which a Christian needs to be sound. However, before I can come up with any conclusions, I need to take a closer look at the words which “sound” is describing. Since this study is focusing on Titus chapter two, I’ll take a closer look at faith, love, and perseverance over the next several posts.Content copyright 2008 by If you find it anywhere else, it’s been stolen.
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