THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DOCTRINE
By Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: II Timothy 2:15, 3:16-4:2
If we would learn the truth, we must of necessity turn to the one source of truth-the Holy Scriptures. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17). We will not so learn by randomly quoting verses plucked from a "promise box." Neither will we gain knowledge of the truth by sitting under the ministry of clerics who ramble from point to point in their pulpits, moralizing and theorizing and spiritualizing. Pure truth can be learned only from pure doctrine; and the source of pure doctrine for this age and dispensation is the pen of the Apostle Paul.
Paul wrote in his epistle to the Romans, "God be thanked ... ye have obeyed from the heart that form of DOCTRINE which was delivered you .... Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the DOCTRINE which ye have learned; and avoid them" (Romans 6:17,16:17). To his young son in the faith, he wrote, "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the DOCTRINE; continue in them .... Thou hast fully known MY DOCTRINE. ... continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them" II Timothy 3: 16a, II Timothy 2:lOa,14).
We are provided not only with the sound doctrine of spiritual truth but also with instruction as to its proper exposition. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth notto be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth ... .All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for DOCTRINE .. .for instruction in righteousness. "
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