The Apostle’s Doctrine Involves The Full Measure of Christian Teachings
Bible doctrine – sometimes called the Apostle’s Doctrine or the Apostle’s Creed – consists of many components. Some Christians tend to limit the concept of bible doctrine to the core statements of faith contained within the Apostle’s Creed. However, the Apostle’s Doctrine extends far beyond the fundamentals of Christian belief.
Christian fundamentals are critical to sound beliefs. However, Christian essentials include a range of doctrinal statements that span from the basic Apostle’s Creed to the Doctrine of Last Things. Knowing and believing the fundamentals of repentance from sin, faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ and professing this truth with your mouth is sufficient to ensure your place in the Kingdom of God.
However, without the principles taught throughout Scripture by Prophets, Teachers and the Apostles, no Christian can become of any major value to Christ. Your testimony may be a thing of beauty and power, but unless supported by a walk of truth and might, that testimony will fall on deaf ears. Here is a sampling of the primary principles of Scripture and the Apostle’s Doctrine:
- Avoid Heresy
- Grasp the Principles of Interpretation
- Learn How to Explain the Means of Revelation
- Define Canonicity
- Understand the Cosmological, Theological and Ontological Arguments Concerning the Existence of God
- Humble Yourself Before the Immensity of God
- Rejoice in the Grace of God
- Accept the Call of God
- Recognize the Deity of Christ
- Accept the Humanity of Christ
- Understand the Personality of the Holy Spirit
- Accumulate and Walk in the Fruit of the Spirit
- Understand the Doctrines Pertaining to Man, Temptation and Creation
- Know the Nature of Sin
- Preach the Gospel
- Lead Others to the Source of Salvation
- Fathom the Substitutionary Death
- Infant Salvation
- The Church
- AND so much more.
This article is the first of many articles designed to help modern church assemblies – through the power of increased knowledge and fortified faith – reach deeper levels of Christian maturity and Christian strength. Thus herein is an introduction to Christian Doctrine.
The Apostle’s Doctrine – Steadfastly Following the Apostle’s Doctrine
Because the Apostle’s Doctrine is defined in Acts 2:42 as the principles taught by the New Testament leaders, many modern Christians have come to believe that the messages delivered by the Apostles are limited to NT teachings. This is an error of false assumption.
The doctrine of the Apostles involves teaching of Scripture, which by definition must include training in both New and Old Testament truths. Any doctrine that is not consistent with all Scripture is by nature a lie and is therefore a false doctrine. Thus we see that the Apostle’s Doctrine is not only that which the Apostles taught, but it is also a message that can be proven and supported by both Old and New Testament scripture.
The Apostle’s Doctrine is not true because the Apostles taught it. It is true because Scripture confirms it.
Not Limited to the Statements Applied to the Apostle’s Creed
In working to expand your understanding of the doctrine taught by the Apostles, I do not condemn the Apostle’s Creed. Crafted somewhere between the second and the ninth centuries, the Apostle’s Creed (Symbolum Apostolorum) has become a central doctrine to many Western Christians. Its primary focus acknowledges the Trinity and God the Creator. This creed summarizes the fundamentals of Christian faith, including the doctrines of:
- Divine Creation
- Verbal Inspiration of Scripture
- Inerrancy of Scripture
- Virgin Birth of Christ
- Deity of Christ
- His Substitutionary Atonement for Sin
- His Physical Resurrection from the Grave
- The Trinity of the Godhead
- The Church as the Body of Christ
- The Literal Existence of Heaven and Hell
These statements are true and can be confirmed by Scripture. To reject any component of the Apostle’s Creed merely because one particular denomination chooses to include that component as a part of their “assembled” name is as foolish as it would be to reject Jesus Christ merely because the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” chooses to use His name in their “assembled” name. Don’t go there.
However, no matter how solid the Apostle’s Creed may be in concepts and truths, it does not fully encompass the Apostle’s Doctrine. In Hebrews 6:1-3, we are pressed to move beyond the principles (fundamentals) of the doctrine of Christ. This includes pressing beyond:
- Repentance from dead works
- Faith toward God
- The doctrine of baptisms
- Lying on of hands
- AND Matters concerning eternal judgment.
Indeed, we are pressed to reach for greater Christian depth, Christian maturity and Christian strength. The doctrine taught by the Apostles pertains to:
- The Fall of Man
- Living on this earth as a mature Christian
- Performing the work of God
- Eternal destines
- And all that comes in between.
The Apostle’s Doctrine encompasses the entire truths of Scripture. If you will grow in Christ, if you will learn to walk with Spiritual power, if you will become a living example of what it is to reflect the image of Christ, learn the whole of the Apostle’s Doctrine.