DOCTRINE DEFINED

By Bill Burns
Faith Tabernacle
P.O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
http://ft111.com
 

The Spirit of the Lord has announced that a company of apostles would come forth to establish divine government in the Kingdom of God. There has been much speculation as to what that would mean and how that would look and how that would take place.

If a corporate divine government is to come forth, one thing must first take place, and that is a divine doctrine must be established which will be the foremost work of the apostles.

The word "doctrine" simply means "teaching or that which is taught or the act of teaching--instruction." It is the receiving of what is to be received from God as His instruction (what is heard) and is then taught as being the substance of God. His word is truth.

The early church did not have the problem that we have today with the many different concepts taught within the Body of Christ. The first-century apostles had been taught by Christ Himself, and therefore, they all believed the same thing. They believed what Jesus taught them. After the resurrection, the Risen Christ spent time with His disciples and instructed them in divine doctrine.

Acts 1:2-3--Until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

The apostles then taught what Jesus had taught them and as a result great power and great grace was upon them all.

Acts 2:42-43--And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

Doctrine has a lot to do with your position of faith. The early church was not double-minded. They knew what they believed, and they performed many signs and wonders because their faith was not diminished by man's teachings (doctrines of men and devils).

This is why God must at this time raise up apostles who will re-establish a pure doctrine. The truth will set you free! Your level of faith cannot be demonstrated beyond your level of understanding. Even prophecy itself will not transcend the boundaries of one's theology. Theology is established by one's doctrinal position.

Ephesians 2:20 tells us that the church is to be a holy temple, which is built upon the foundation (doctrine) of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the very Cornerstone (beginning place) of that which the apostles and prophets have established, according to that which Jesus taught them.

If one desires to do all of the will of God, a pure doctrine must be established because we will never do what we perceive to be incorrect, even though what we perceive to be incorrect may be present truth, i.e. healing and casting out demons.

The question will be asked, "Who will these apostles be and how can we know that they will establish the truth?" The scriptures warn us that there will be false prophets and false apostles, and there will be.

Those who are truly sent from God as apostles will follow in the footsteps of Jesus. This will be their greatest desire--to do all of the will of God.

John 7:15-18--And the Jews marveled, saying, "How does this Man know letters, having never studied?" Jesus answered them and said, My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.

2 John 1:9-10--Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him.

I believe that in this third day of Christ, the Master will teach those who want to do the Father's will.

Hosea 6:1-3--Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight. Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.

Jesus will come to the earth as the former and latter rain. The former rain for the Apostle Paul was his encounter with the resurrected Christ on the Road to Damascus. The latter rain came when Paul was lifted up into heaven itself to be taught the doctrine of Christ.

2 Corinthians 12:1-7--It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago; whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows; such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man; whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows; how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me. And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.

Those apostles now being called must also be willing to endure the attack of the enemy like Paul did. They will be called to earnestly contend for the faith.

Jude 1:1-4--Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

The faith delivered was the doctrine of the apostles. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word (doctrine) of God.

The Apostle Paul relates the power of obedience to true doctrine in Romans 6:16-18.

Rom 6:16-18--Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

Once the truth is again established, the final separation of wheat and tares within the church will take place.

Romans 16:17-18--Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.

True doctrine is important, and that which Christ has taught must be re-established for it is the power of His Word that upholds all things.

Hebrews 1:1-3--God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

The writer to the Hebrews begins with these words and finishes in chapter 13:9 with, "Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines, for it is good that the heart be established by grace." And, I might add, grace has been established in the Master's truth, in His Word, in His teaching. A pure doctrine has been given. May we strive to know the truth and that truth will set us completely free. AMEN.


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