WRITTEN BY JOHN M. POWELL
WHAT IS THE APOSTLES DOCTRINE (Based on Acts 2:42):
The Apostle’s Doctrine is in its basic terms “the doctrine of the Apostles”, or the teachings of the Apostles. It has its roots in the words and works of Jesus Christ. In the two Gospel’s “Matthew and Luke”, Jesus equated doctrines with Teachings. For example: in Matthew 16:6, Jesus told His disciples to beware (be on the alert and lookout) of the Leaven (doctrine) of the Sadducees and Pharisees. At first the disciples thought that Jesus was talking about physical food, not remembering previously how Jesus supernaturally multiplied fish and bread on two separate occasions to feed multitudes of people in the desert. After being reproved by Jesus and recollecting these two miracles back to their remembrance, they immediately understood that Jesus was not be talking about physical food, but that He was warning them to beware of the teachings (doctrine) of the religious teachers of their day. Jesus called the teachings of the Pharisees hypocrisy (Luke 12:1). Hypocrisy means to act in a way that you are not in reality. This involves living a lie by putting on a show in the presence of people and at the same time, living a different lifestyle behind closed doors. In other simple words, not practicing what you preach, or not living up to what you profess or confess to be. Hypocrisy makes and comes from the word “hypocrite”, as well. A hypocritical lifestyle brings a reproach against the work of Christ, putting the person in alliance with satin. Jesus warned His disciples that all hypocrisy and hidden sin WILL BE exposed if not repented of, and turned away from either now or on the Day of Judgment. Furthermore, for a person to profess to be a Christian (one who is like Christ) and do not obey God’s word in the bible is to make that person a hypocrite – hence, a hypocrites teachings is hypocrisy. In a narrower since, Doctrine is Teachings, and Teachings is Doctrine! Every movement has a doctrine, every religion has a doctrine, the Christian’s doctrine is the Holy Bible (God’s words passed on to His people by the Prophets and Apostles of the bible. The Apostles Doctrine, which are the teachings of the Apostles, originated from Jesus “who is the Word of God” manifest in human flesh. Hence originating in Jesus and continued by the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost)! I will be with you (flesh) and shall be in you (spirit). The Apostles of Jesus Christ were inspired (God-breathed) by the Holy Spirit to write down the words and works of God as revealed to them by the Holy Spirit (2Timothy 3:16; 2Peter 1:20-21). This was not men’s doing but only God’s doing. So God was the author of scripture using human vessels to write, speak, and work through. These were committed, anointed, and chosen vessels of God to channel God’s anointing through for to accomplish Gods’ own purpose (Ephesians 1:11). In another way, it is God who wills, moves, and works through chosen, dedicated, and committed human vessel based on His own divine purpose, to accomplish His own goals according to the counsel of His own will. What then? The entire New Testament is the Apostle’s Doctrine. This is because the Apostle’s wrote it (as they were inspired by the Holy Ghost). After they wrote the New Testament Gospels, Church Letters, and Epistles they taught it, preached it, and lived it. Now the church (body of Christ) is commanded to continue in it. Jesus said “ if you continue in My Word then are you My Disciples indeed. Furthermore, He said, “you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall Make you free. Free from what? Free from everything in your life contrary to the nature and purpose of Almighty God. Free from everything that binds a person contrary to the Will and Word of God. Free from every yoke and bondage that satin will hinder you with. Okay, every New Testament book was written and taught by an Apostle except for Mark, Luke and Acts. However, both Mark and Luke worked among/with the original Apostles in the Apostolic Ministry. Mark has his association with Peter, Paul, and Barnabas. It is believed that “John Mark” was responsible for the writing of “Mark’s Gospel of Jesus Christ”. This man grew up as a youth in Jerusalem and was among the first generation Christians (Acts 12:12). He was associated in ministry with three New Testament Apostles: Paul (Acts 13:1-13; Col. 4:10; Philemon 24), Barnabas (Acts 15:39), and Peter (1Peter 5:13). Hence he referred to Peter as his father (probably referenced as Peter being his father in the gospel). Luke has his association with Paul and Barnabas, a co-laborer and close companion (Col. 4:14; 2Tim 4:11; Philemon 24). Luke traveled with Paul, and companied with Paul, Barnabas, and Silas during their missionary journeys. Luke wrote his Gospel according to his association with the eleven Apostles, and the 12th (being Paul whom God chose to replace Judas Iscariot with).
WRITTEN BY JOHN M. POWELL