THE DOCTRINE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST:
2Jo 8 Look to yourselves,
that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him Godspeed:
11 For he that biddeth him Godspeed is partaker of his evil deeds.
THERE ARE SO MANY DOCTRINES IN CHRISTIAN CIRCLES TODAY, THAT IT IS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE WHICH ARE MAN-MADE DOCTRINES, AND WHICH ARE DOCTRINES THAT WERE TRULY TAUGHT BY THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH.
Denominations have separated themselves from fellowshipping with each other because of their doctrinal differences. Most of these differences are the result of man's interpretation of Biblical doctrine using his logic. Many words are spoken from the logic of man to defend their positions concerning THEIR doctrine, and the discussion becomes more of a philosophical debate than a Biblical exegesis.
My intention is to look at what the Word of God (Jesus - Jn 1:1, 14) has to say about the subject, and to steer away from philosophy or my own logic in presenting a Biblical response to the debate over these doctrines that Jesus taught. The Doctrine of salvation is the most elemental and the most important doctrine of the Christian faith. It is imperitive for the Christian to understand this basic doctrine in order to grow into the maturity that God desires for us. While it is the most elemental doctrine, it has also become the most divisive as far as denominations are concerned.
The same can be said of other basic doctrines in the Christian church. The author of the Book of Hebrews referred to these doctrines as MILK, (Heb 5:12) and encouraged the Hebrew Christians to get off the milk and eat the meat of the word, to go on to maturity in Christ. It seems that the problem with the Church in America today is that the majority of Christians are constantly partaking of the milk of the Word, instead of the meat. The purpose of this study is to aid the sincere Christian in coming to the maturity concerning Christ's doctrine that will bring the Christian to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ so that he or she will no longer be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine that has been presented by the wisdom and craftiness of men (Eph 4:12-15).
The issues I intend to address here are as follows:
MEN HAVE MUCH TO SAY ABOUT SALVATION. BUT WHAT DOES JESUS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT?
MEN HAVE MUCH TO SAY ABOUT WHAT A GENUINE CHRISTIAN IS, . BUT WHAT DOES JESUS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT?
MEN HAVE MUCH TO SAY ABOUT HELL AND THE SOUL OF MAN . BUT WHAT DOES JESUS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT?
MEN HAVE MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THE BELIEVER'S AUTHORITY. BUT WHAT DOES JESUS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT?
MEN HAVE MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THE RESURRECTION AND THE 2ND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST. BUT WHAT DOES JESUS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT?
MEN HAVE MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CHRISTIAN. BUT WHAT DOES JESUS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT?
MEN HAVE MUCH TO SAY ABOUT FAITH TOWARD GOD. BUT WHAT DOES JESUS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT?
I believe that the proper exegesis of a New Testament passage is this:
While many people interpret what Jesus said in the light of what Paul, or Peter, James, Luke (Acts) or John wrote in their epistles as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit, I believe that the things written by Paul, Peter, James, Luke or John should be interpreted in the Light of what Jesus taught on the subject, since He is the Author of our Salvation, our Redeemer, our teacher and our Lord, and the physical manifestation of the Holy Spirit while He was here on this earth and dwelt among us.
So as we delve into the Doctrine of Jesus Christ, the reader will notice that there are references to related passages throughout the New Testament that can be seen to reflect the Doctrines of our Lord, and hopefully he or she will begin to notice the importance of interpreting the apostle's writing in relation to what Jesus Christ taught concerning a particular subject.
In John 6:63, He said that the Words that He spoke were Spirit, and they were Life. And in Luke 21:33, He said that though Heaven and earth would pass away, His Words would never pass away. I would say that makes Jesus the ultimate Authority concerning man's state before God. His teaching is not hid from anyone.
Joh 18:19 The high priest
then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
21 Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.
The key to correct doctrine is to HEAR AND KNOW WHAT JESUS SAID concerning that doctrine.
THE DOCTRINE OF JESUS CHRIST CONCERNING THE SALVATION OF MANKIND
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