2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
What were the things that Timothy had heard from Paul that he was supposed to pass on? The verse above verse 2 tells us, “…be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” Paul had left Timothy to pastor at the church in Ephesus to do what he had wanted to do but couldn’t, some of which included putting the things that were lacking in order, to charge that false teachers would teach no other doctrine than the pure doctrine of Christ, and to preach the Word in and out of season.
The word doctrine simply means “In a general sense, whatever is taught. Hence, a principle or position in any science; whatever is laid down as true by an instructor or master. The doctrines of the gospel are the principles or truths taught by Christ and his apostles…” (Webster’s 1828).
It is the responsibility of pastors to commit the doctrine of Christ and His apostle’s to others, so that they too may pass it on. This is called discipleship. The number one quality you must look for in people in passing on the doctrine is faithfulness. Men who are faithful in other areas of their lives will be faithful to keep the doctrine pure as well. Faithfulness to God and faithfulness to His word is absolutely essential to keep the faith pure.
As we learn from the Lord and His Word we should be looking to pass on to others what we have heard, especially passing it on to those who will be faithful to do the same. Pass on the doctrine, be faithful to God’s word first yourself, then be faithful in passing it on to the faithful. Above all though, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. If there is one thing you must pass on it is the grace that is in Christ Jesus, for out of it springs all the doctrine of Christ and His Apostle’s.