The term doctrine (didachḗ) means teaching or instruction. God has provided us with His Word in order to instruct His people with His teachings (Proverbs 4:1-2).
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. – Proverbs 4:1-2
God’s doctrine is good. It has value. It is not something simply for seminarians, but for all God’s children. God is our Father, and has given us good doctrine or instructions, so that we might know Him and how to love Him. Furthermore, His doctrine is tied to His law, so that we might know how to honor and obey Him. Jesus taught this doctrine to His disciples (Matthew 7:28; Mark 1:21b-22a; Mark 4:2; Luke 4:31b-32).
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine: – Matthew 7:28
and straightway on the sabbath day He entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished at His doctrine: – Mark 1:21b-22a
And He taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in His doctrine. – Mark 4:2
and taught them on the sabbath days. And they were astonished at His doctrine: for His word was with power. – Luke 4:31b-32
Not only did the early disciples learn Jesus’ doctrine or teachings, but they passed it on to others (Acts 2:42a; 2 Timothy 2:2).
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine – Acts 2:42a
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. – 2 Timothy 2:2
Sadly, too few Christians today know the Bible, let alone the teachings of the Bible, well enough to pass on what they have learned to others. This is the problem in many pulpits – too many novices are trying to teach the Word of God, who have no idea what the Word of God says.
© Rev. Gregory G. Capel, Jr. – 2016