Doctrine

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.

 

-Matt

6 responses to “Doctrine

    • John 1:1, Christ is eternal, distinct from but is still God. Don’t misinterpret my words I believe in classical triune theology.

      John 1:3, all things were made through Him.

      John 1:4, In Him was life and without Him there is only death. To be seperate from Christ is to be separate from life; physical death and spiritual death (hell, for eternity) being a result from this.

      John 1:14, The word became flesh and dwelt among us. Christ took on human flesh and brought with Him grace and truth.

      John 1:17-18, Jesus revealed the unseen God fully to us. He declared perfect eyewitnesses testimony of God and as we study the character of Christ we see the character of God. Jesus brought grace (the gift of salvation through faith) and truth (that its the only way to be saved).

      John 3:17, just as the bronze serpent was lifted up so was Christ lifted up on the cross where sin was judged and paid for through the wrath of God being poured out on His own Son.

      John 3:16-17, If you believe (to trust in His work on the cross) in Him you will have everlasting life. Being that all life was made through Him and new life (spiritual rebirth) is also through Him. God sent His son to save, not condemn because the world was condemned already by their own choice to reject the light of Christ (salvation).

      John 3:36, if you believe you have eternal life, if you don’t the wrath of God still abides on you.

      John 20:14-29, Jesus conquered sin and death and proved it through His resurrection then revealed Himself to some of His disciples and apostles.

      Acts 1:9-11, Jesus has ascended into heaven and will one day return to judge and reign.

      Matthew 28:18, Now we go forth and carry this doctrine to the ends of the earth.

      That’s a basic overview of the doctrine of Christ as the Bible teaches, yet put into my own words.

  1. The last two lines say it all. What does the Lord require? Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly. That’s grace.

  2. Hey Matt, thanks for this post. You make great effective points. You write very clearly and concisely, something I need help with! Your summary of the Doctrine of Christ was also great. God bless you brother and keep blogging!

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