Guarding Sound Doctrine Through The Help Of The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit plays a vital role in guarding and preserving sound doctrine. With the guidance of the Spirit, we maintain the integrity of the Gospel message and “…rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15), protecting against the infiltration of false teachings and heresies. The Holy Spirit, known as the Spirit of Truth, leads believers into the fullness of truth (John 16:13). Through illuminating the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 2:10), the Holy Spirit enables believers to understand and apply God’s Word and empowers them to live according to sound doctrine.

“What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you – guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us” (2 Timothy 1: 13-14; NIV) and “Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who lives in us, that good thing entrusted to you.” (2 Timothy 1: 13-14; HCSB).

The God-inspired and God-breathed revealed truth is the life-giving revelation from God. He breathed things into existence, produced by God’s creative breath; it is profitable and trustworthy for healthy teaching (2 Timothy 3:16). Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). The treasure that had been entrusted to Timothy, that treasure is to be guarded (1 Timothy 6:20). A treasure or deposit was something – money or a harvest of grain, for example – that was entrusted to another for safekeeping. Thus, preserving the deposit (a treasure, valuable commodity) of sound doctrine became a sacred duty and obligation, as it was to be safeguarded with the help provided by the Holy Spirit.

Patterns of sound doctrine and common confessions demonstrate comprehensive teachings. In Hebrews 6: 1-2, the author encourages believers to progress beyond foundational Christ’s doctrine, embracing more mature teachings. 1 Corinthians 15: 3-5 narrates Paul delivering the crucial elements of Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and appearances. Furthermore, in 1 Timothy 3:16, Paul recounts the common confession regarding the mystery of godliness and Christology. “Therefore, let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment” (Hebrews 6:1-2; ESV).

The book of Hebrews enlists six foundational subjects in the doctrine of being a Christian:

      • Repentance from dead works,
      • Faith in God,
      • Instruction about baptism,
      • Laying on of hands,
      • Resurrection of the dead, and
      • Eternal judgment.

Common confessions and hymns were essential reminders of the core truths of the Gospel. These confessions helped to unify believers and provided a clear and consistent testimony of the vital doctrines of our faith. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” (1 Corinthians 15: 3-5; ESV) Paul indicates in verse 3 that what he passed on to the Corinthians was the traditional hymn or common confession. And in 1 Timothy 3:16, Paul outlines the tremendous Christological hymn/creed. “By common confession, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was proclaimed among the nations, was believed in throughout the world, and was taken up in glory.” (1 Timothy 3: 16; BSB)

“Sound doctrine refers to the correct and accurate teaching of the Word of God, which is essential for the spiritual growth and well-being of believers.”

2 Timothy highlights the importance of guarding and preserving sound doctrine with the help of the Holy Spirit faithfully. Sound doctrine refers to the correct and accurate teaching of the Word of God, which is essential for the spiritual growth and well-being of believers. In conclusion, guarding and preserving sound doctrine is of utmost importance for the health and vitality of the Church. By staying grounded in the teachings of Scripture and relying on the Holy Spirit, we can pass down the truth of the Gospel faithfully from one generation to the next.

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AFM Pastoral Letter 1st Quarter 2024

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