“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2Tim. 3:16.
Mrs. Brewer’s round face and pleasant smile matched her plump frame. Her red hair didn’t reflect her temperament. But, as I look back, maybe it was because by the time she was my teacher the red had given way to streaks of gray. Time has a way of taming our temperaments.
Mrs. Brewer taught grades 1-4 and her husband taught 5 -8 in a one room schoolhouse divided by folding doors. Mrs. Brewer made learning applicable and Mr. Brewer turned learning into life stories. Their memories and a few of the lessons learned remain with me today. Their teaching was profitable.
The apostle Paul instructed his young protégé, Timothy, in the word of God. He wanted him to remember, the lessons he learned as a child that gave him wisdom to understand salvation, and then to continue to learn the value of God’s word. He wrote:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine…” He reminded Timothy where the word originated: God breathed it to holy men who penned it as spoken to them. Paul continued saying:
“…and is profitable for doctrine…Whom shall he teach knowledge: and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little… For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.” Isa. 28:9,10.
Doctrine strikes fear in many as a legalistic view of scripture. But the doctrine of the word simply teaches us who God is and the way to Him. Jesus taught doctrine with authority, astounding the people.
“Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he will know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself.” John 7:14-17.
Much of Jesus’ doctrine is revealed in the sermon on the mount and the many parables he told. He begins with the Beatitudes or blessings and then continues with instruction and knowledge.
- “Ye are the salt of the earth…Ye are the light of the world…Let your light shine…”
- “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
- “…except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus expounded on the law turning it from the letter to the heart. You can find in Matthew 5,6 and 7 Jesus’ doctrine on murder, adultery, divorce, oaths, retaliation, love, almsgiving, prayer, fasting, wealth, judging, true and false teaching, but most importantly the way to the Father.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it…Not every one that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
Jesus is the way and he ends his teaching with a familiar parable that takes us back to yesterday’s post.
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house: and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these saying of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matt. 7:24-27.
“…the people were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”Matt. 7:28,29.
What teacher/s did you have who influenced you, a Sunday school teacher, Kid’s Club, School? Share it with us in comments, blessing another with the doctrine that impacted your life, even as Paul left Timothy with these instructions:
“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 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.” 2Tim. 2:1,2.