The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of “Aletheia.” In other words, the Spirit of “Truth.”
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples” (John 15:7-8, emphasis mine).
The Apostle Paul, by command of God, was instructed to write to young Timothy in the books, 1 and 2 Timothy, regarding the Truth. Regarding the importance of correct doctrine in the Christian community and in the Church. Why do you think this subject of “correct doctrine” was so important to the Apostle Paul? He was very adamant about establishing order, and setting up Elders in each city, and writing in such a way as a “warning” to watch themselves and their teachings about “men, women, children, the family, and the Church community”. Paul seemed to believe that before he left this earth, he needed to make sure that those who were to follow in his footsteps would “keep” the doctrine established by Christ Jesus which had been passed onto Paul for the Church and family. Paul exhorted both Titus and Timothy to warn the Christian community about those who had “swerved from the faith, and who had shipwrecked their faith, and who had turned away from the faith.” These individuals had all “walked away from sound doctrine.” And Paul states that these are doctrines which came from Jesus Christ Himself and which “accord with godliness.” In other words, according to Paul, “correct doctrine,” meaning “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) and not “just” talking about the “cross of Christ and salvation” but talking about the whole counsel of God regarding “right thinking, right acting, right living” for men, women, children, family, and Church ALL are to be kept! And these doctrines for the Church as a whole are clearly spelled out in Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, in Ephesians, in First 1 and 2 Timothy, and in Titus.
Therefore, I want to argue that “correct doctrine” regarding all things which are for the Christian as an individual and for the Church as a whole are to be kept. We seem to think that due to “cultural changes, education, information, and women’s rights, etc.” that things which are instructions for the child of God in the Word of God no longer apply, if we don’t understand them or disagree with them. So, if the Bible says “women are not to exercise authority over men, that they are not permitted to teach men. But are permitted and instructed to teach younger women” that this no longer applies due to educational and cultural advancements. However, as is truly clear in the passages regarding these instructions, they have nothing to do with culture or education. They have to do with God and His Word. Why did I “pick on” this subject? Because it is important to address and is not being addressed, therefore it is giving the devil a foothold in marriages and churches. And I must argue that when we begin to compromise regarding correct doctrine in any area, we begin to lose discernment from the prompting of the Holy Spirit in our lives and churches. As soon as we reject some truth from God’s eternal Word, we open ourselves to being deceived by Satan himself, who hates all truth! And so, what is the result…disorder, confusion, human reasoning instead of God’s wisdom, lack of power and blessing from God, pride and arrogance, lukewarmness, and deceit. So, now you know why there is so much confusion, disagreement, and “interpretations” regarding God’s Word. Now, here are some scriptures to back this all up:
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Tim. 4:4, emphasis mine).
“O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith” (1 Tim. 6:20-21, emphasis mine).
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self…” (2 Timothy 3:1-2, emphasis mine). And this right here is the foundation for thinking we in the 21st. Century are smarter than Jesus and the Apostle Paul from the 1st Century who taught us “how to think and how to live” as Christians. Also, a natural result of this is a “watered down gospel.”
“Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth,” (2 Timothy 2:14-18, emphasis mine).
“I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:14-15, emphasis mine).
And as is stated at the beginning of this post: If Jesus words abide in us, and we in Him, we have the requests we have asked for. God loves to answer “yes and Amen” to His children…who abide in the TRUTH!
Lastly, Jesus Christ is Truth itself, and therefore all these doctrines of truth are held within Him. Know then that living by and walking by the TRUTH matters!