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The Doctrine of CHRIST

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Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.  2 John 1:9-11

 

 


What is doctrine?

The dictionary defines doctrine as teaching or instruction; something that is taught; a principle or position.

There are "doctrines of men", "false doctrine", "other doctrine", which are NOT the doctrine of God.  Teaching or instruction from men and/or women (apart from God) is called the "doctrines of men". 

"Strange doctrines", "doctrines of men", "doctrine of vanities", "commandments of men", "doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees", "doctrine of Balaam", "doctrine of Nicolaitanes", "other doctrines" are NOT of God, but "doctrines of devils".

Teaching from God is called "the doctrine of the Lord", "the doctrine of God" and "the doctrine of Christ", which are one in the same.

"Good doctrine", "pure doctrine", "true doctrine", "sound doctrine", "the apostles' doctrine", aligns and adheres to the doctrine of Christ, and there is no variance.

Not all "doctrine" is of God.  Not all teaching is from God.

Only the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God is the doctrine of God, the doctrine of Christ, the gospel of God, the gospel of Christ.

Only God's Scripture is given by God, and is profitable for doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16).

The doctrine of Christ is the teachings of Christ, found in the Word of God.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  2 John 1:9

The believer's doctrine is the same as the doctrine of Christ, because without abiding in the doctrine of Christ we cannot have the salvation of God.

 


What is the doctrine of Christ?

Jesus said that His doctrine, the doctrine of Christ, is the doctrine of God.

The doctrine of Christ is the doctrine of God the Father, they are one doctrine, because they are One God.

Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.  John 7:16

Jesus said, "My doctrine (the doctrine of Christ) is not mine, but His (God the Father) that sent me (Jesus)".

Who sent Jesus?  God the Father.

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  1 John 4:9

All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.  Matthew 11:27

No one can know God the Father without knowing God the Son, because they are One (John 10:30).

The doctrine of Christ is the commandments of God.  Jesus taught His doctrine with the authority of God (Mark 1:22).

 


What has been done through the doctrine of Christ?

Through the Gospel of Christ life and immortality has been brought to light (2 Timothy 1:7-12).

But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:   2 Timothy 1:10

"The revelation of the mystery" of eternal life was made clear by our Saviour Christ Jesus (Romans 16:25), through His gospel, and for all the world to see.  All the mysteries pertaining to eternal life are revealed to all believers, the saved in Christ, through His gospel (Colossians 1:26-27, 2:2; Ephesians 3; 1 Timothy 3:16).

 


Why do I need the doctrine of Christ?

We must abide in the doctrine of Christ to receive eternal salvation.  There is no salvation apart from abiding in Christ.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.   2 John 1:9-11

If you do NOT abide in and believe in the doctrine of Christ, then you have no part with God, and you cannot receive His salvation except by grace through faith in Christ Jesus for your salvation (Galatians 3:26).

If you abide and believe in the doctrine of Christ, then you have both the Father and the Son, because God the Father and God the Son are One God, you cannot believe in one without believing in the other.

Eternal life is given to all who believe the doctrine of Christ Jesus to salvation.

 

Only those who give their life to Christ will save their life

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.  Mark 8:34-35

 


What can be done through the doctrine of Christ?

 

Power to believe to salvation

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  Romans 1:16

The gospel of Christ is the power of God to receive salvation to everyone that believes.

 

Power to overcome sin

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  Romans 6:17-18

 

Power to live holy and follow God

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:16-17

 

 

What are we to do with the doctrine of Christ?

 

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.  Amen.   Matthew 28:20

 

Abide in the doctrine of Christ

Believers are to abide in the doctrine of Christ (2 John 1:9).

 

Repent and believe the gospel

All people are to repent and believe the gospel.

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.  Mark 1:14-15

 


How can I abide in the doctrine of Christ?

The Scriptures instruct us to abide in the doctrine of Christ.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.   2 John 1:9

We can only abide in the doctrine of Christ through obtaining the salvation of God, following Christ, knowing the doctrine, continuing and remaining in the faith, and living for Christ by faith.

 

Obtain the salvation of God

To abide in the doctrine of Christ, we must obtain the salvation of God.

The will of God is for all people to obtain salvation by Jesus Christ -1 Thessalonians 5:9; John 3:16.

 

Follow Christ

To abide in the doctrine of Christ, we must serve and follow Christ.  Obedience to the doctrine of Christ is required, in order to abide.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.  Matthew 16:24

 

Know the doctrine of Christ

To abide in the doctrine of Christ, we must know what it is, we learn and understand the doctrine of Christ through reading, mediating, and living the Scriptures.

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.  1 Timothy 4:15

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  Romans 15:4

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  1 Timothy 3:16

 

 

Continue and remain in the faith

To abide in the doctrine of Christ, we must continue in the faith and remain steadfast in the faith. 

We cannot abide in the doctrine of Christ, if we are not living in faith, because the Scriptures tell us that "the just shall live by faith".

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.  1 Timothy 4:16

 

 


How do I know which doctrine is of GOD?

 

Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.  John 7:16-18

The true doctrine of Christ, does not speak of himself, does not seek his own glory, but the glory of him that sent him, which is God the Father.

Scripture can be used to prove that a doctrine is from God.

If the doctrine magnifies itself, its own glory, it is not of God.

If the doctrine magnifies God, if the doctrine does not glorify itself, but only glorifies the Almighty God, it is a true doctrine.

There is not just one church in this world who teaches the truth of God, but there are many true teachings of God.  There are many denominational doctrines and religions in the world who are teaching the true doctrine of God. 

No single sect or group of people can say that only their teachings are the only true teachings of God, because it is just not true.

There is only one true Christ Jesus, and there is only one true doctrine of Christ, but there are many people and many denominations today that teach the true doctrine of Christ God.

Just as there are many true churches teaching the true doctrine of God, there are many false doctrines in the world today, that claim to be teaching the doctrine of Christ, but who teach their own doctrine, the doctrines of men, false doctrines, and are therefore NOT of God.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  1 John 4:1

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.   Matthew 24:11

 

God promises to His children, that we will know which doctrines are false, by the indwelling of His Spirit inside of them, by remaining in the faith.

The Spirit of God Himself tells believers which spirits are true and which spirits are false.  In order to discern true doctrine from false doctrine, you must be saved, you must remain in the faith and you must follow God's will.

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.   John 7:17

Knowledge and understanding are given by God to all His children who remain in the faith and continue doing His will.

 

 


How to know if a doctrine is FALSE?

 

How to know if a doctrine is NOT of God, but a FALSE doctrine?

There are many scriptures in the word of God that tell us how we can know if a doctrine is the true doctrine of God, or if it is a false doctrine from satan.

 

We know that a doctrine is NOT of God, because:

  • False doctrine glorifies itself The doctrine of Christ glorifies God, and none else.
  • False doctrine magnifies itself The doctrine of Christ magnifies God, and none else.
  • False doctrine rejects Jesus Christ as Lord. The doctrine of Christ preaches the gospel of Christ Jesus
  • False doctrine is from a man or woman The doctrine of Christ is from God
  • False doctrine does not believe in ALL the word of God The doctrine of Christ reaffirms all the word of God is true
  • False doctrine believe in new revelations, even if they contradict the word of God The doctrine of Christ is the final revelation of God, and never contradicts itself
  • False doctrine believe they must clarify the Word of God with their own words The doctrine of Christ is clarified by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all people who believe

 

False doctrines glorify themselves

The word of God reads that false doctrines are self promoting, they preach of themselves.

Some false doctrines do preach of God and of Christ, in addition to their doctrine, but place final authority in their own doctrine.

False doctrines glorify themselves and put themselves above God, by teaching their own man made false theories over what God says in His Holy Word.

Those who promote their own teachings over what is in the word of God are false doctrines. 

The doctrine of Christ is the final authority, not the doctrines of men.

Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.  If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.  He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.   John 7:16-18

The true doctrine of God is preached above all else, above any sect or groups teachings.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.  2 Corinthians 4:5

It is not about us, who we are, ourselves, it is all about JESUS.

 

False doctrines do NOT teach the gospel of Christ

The word of God reads that some people pervert the gospel of Christ, these people are accursed.

Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again,  If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:7-9

 

False doctrines do NOT come from the revelation of Jesus Christ

False doctrines always come from some man, and not from the revelation of Jesus Christ.

All false doctrines, false religions, cults, false prophecies all come from some man, not from God Almighty.

The word of God was not written by any man, it was written by God.

True doctrine of God does not come from man and is not after man.

But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Galatians 1:11-12

 

False doctrines bring confusion

So many false doctrines use confusion to bring in new converts, and we know that God is NOT the author of confusion.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.  1 Corinthians 14:33

Confusion is deceit and all deceit and lies come from satan, the devil (John 8:44).

Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.  John 8:42-45

Because the devil is the father of lies, deceit and confusion, this is why it is so important when believers teach the gospel of Christ that we teach in the love of God, clearly and truthfully, gently, patiently and lovingly.

 

False doctrines contradict the word of God.

The Word of God, the doctrine of Christ Jesus is the final, supreme, inerrant word of God. 

There is only one truth, the truth of God; and, the truth of God is in His Word, not in the doctrines of men.

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What to do about false doctrines?

 

What are we to do about false doctrines?

First, we must know which doctrines are false by knowing the true doctrine of Christ, then we mark them and avoid them.

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.  Romans 16:17-18

 

We must never misuse the salvation we have through Christ, by ignoring the fruits of the spirit within us. 

We must mark and avoid false doctrine, any doctrine contrary to the doctrine of Christ with the love of God that dwells within us.

The power of Christ should not be used as a rite to mistreat anyone, even those who believe in false doctrines.

The saved in Christ are blessed, but not greater than our neighbor who is without Christ.

The scriptures tell us that we do not need to receive them into our houses, and not to bid them God speed, but to love them and pray for them, and live in faith.

We must live in faith and defend the faith, but not to the point where we hurt anyone.  The lost must see the light of Christ within us, see our faith, see our joy, see our hope and want what we have in Christ.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.  2 John 1:9-11

We are to love our enemies, love them that persecute you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that use you (Matthew 5:44).

Yes, those who promote false doctrines are our enemies, because they are God's enemies, for anyone that rejects God is His enemy.

 


What is the gospel of Christ Jesus?

The gospel of Jesus Christ is "The Gospel", "the gospel of the Kingdom of God", "the gospel of the grace of God", "the gospel of God", "the gospel of Christ", "the gospel of the Son of God", "the gospel of the circumcision", "the gospel of your salvation", and "the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ".

The gospel of Christ Jesus is the doctrine of Christ Jesus, the Word of God.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the Word of God.  The preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ is all throughout the written word of God, in the Old Testament as written by the prophets and throughout the New Testament, and preached by Jesus Himself (Mark 1:1-2, 14).

The word of the Lord God is the gospel of Christ Jesus.

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.   And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.   1 Peter 1:25

 

The gospel of Christ is the power of God

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  Romans 1:16

 


Why doesn't everyone believe in the doctrine of Christ?

Everyone does not believe in the doctrine of Christ because they have been blinded by a lie.

The lost are blinded by satan through their sin, and cannot see the truth

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  2 Corinthians 4:3-5

 


What is your doctrine?

In order to inherit the promises of God, receive the gift of God, which is eternal life, your doctrine must be the doctrine of Christ, for there can be no variance.

Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. Deuteronomy 32:1-4

 


What will happen to those who do not abide in Christ's doctrine?

 

What will happen to all people who do not abide in the doctrine of Christ Jesus?

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;  2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

Do not be deceived, the end of all unbelievers is eternal death, separation from God for all eternity.

 


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