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TEXT:           1Cor 14: 1 – 6.                                 Part 8
“You should seek after love, and you should truly want to have the spiritual gifts … Brothers and Sisters, will it help you if I come to you speaking in different Languages? No! It will help you only if I bring you a new truth or some new knowledge, or prophecy, or TEACHING”1Cor 14: 1, 6 NCV
“…Except I shall speak to you … in DOCTRINE” KJV
Before proceeding, let us be reminded as to what Prophecy is all about. Talking of the book of Revelation as a prophecy, the word says “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this Prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein… 1 John, who also am your brother, and Companion in tribulations and in the kingdom and Patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ; for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy”
Rev 1: 3, 9, 19: 10 KJV. Now, this is abundantly clear that “the word of God”, “Prophecy” and “the testimony of Jesus” is all one. But specifically then whether written or spoken, it has to be the now proceeding word, directed towards the upliftment – edification of the body of Christ. Now the word Doctrine, as stated in our text in the Greek is Didache which means instruction (the act or matter of); it is taken from the root word DiDasko, meaning to learn or teach.  So we can understand why Jesus employed this Principle in His ministry, for we are told: “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom…” Math 4: 23.  In Acts 1: 1, we read of the things Jesus began both to Do and Teach”. Again in 2 John 9, we are warned that “Anyone who goes beyond Christ’s TEACHING, does not have God. But whoever continues to follow the teaching of Christ has both the Father and the son” NCV. To have the Father and the Son means you growing into the realm of Fatherhood from that of Sonship.
Now one thing you must know is that Fathers reproduce themselves while sons inherit all things. So from the onset you can see the implication of either imbibing or holding unto the right teaching or believing into a wrong doctrine. To trust into a wrong doctrine means spiritual limitation. Jesus Himself warned when He said “But in vain they do worship me, TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES the commandments of men” (Math 15: 9).Their worship is a farce, for they replace God’s Commands with their own Man-made teachings”  NLT.  Now don’t forget that those the Lord was warning about here was a group or religious people; so we see that what is not Christ’s  teaching is vain worship, no matter how zealous or sincere you may be . When Jesus said “Learn of me” (Math 11: 29), He meant you follow my teachings and the resultant effect is, “you will have rest to your souls” So one of the major reasons why we are full of agitations and vexations of spirit is because we have refused and failed to abide by the teachings of Christ and have chosen to walk in our own ways and petty human doctrines from human brains.
The ministry of false teachers is a major threat to growing Christians and those who are not properly fed with the meat and bones of the word (Heb 5:12 -14). And Apostle Peter warns: “But there were also false Prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will clearly teach their destructive heresies about God and even turn against their master who bought them. Theirs will be swift and terrible end. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality.  And because of them, Christ and his true ways will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money, but God condemned them long ago, and their destruction is on the way”  2 Pet 2: 1 – 3. NLT “… You will have some false teachers in your group.  They will secretly teach things that are wrong – things that will cost people to be lost… many will follow their evil ways and say evil things about the way of truth. Those false teachers only want your money so they will use you by telling you lies” NCV. So what characterized false teachings and false teachers? (1) Their teachings are destructive, essentially it means, it can’t form the Christ in you whereas “Christ in you is the hope of Glory” (Col 1:27) (2) They have no regard for immoral conducts; infact they overlook and encourage sexual immorality. In other words, they legalized it with wisdom to be able to attract more population with a motive. (3) Their teachings and attitude reduces the influence of Christianity in the society as the salt of the earth, thereby making people to speak evil of the faith (4) Their  major motive in all they do is money and how to get it from the swelling population, for the basic measuring rod to them for success in ministry is how many Cadillacs, Jeeps and how big their building is, and not how much of Christ has been formed in the people or the earth transformation through the righteousness of Christians as “the light of the world” (Matt 5:14). (5) They don’t even believe you could be as God even as Christ said: “I and the father are one, therefore the Jews sought to kill him because He made himself equal with God”.
It is needful to warn that we must be careful to avoid false teachers today. Any book, tapes series, or TV message must be evaluated in the light of the spirit of the word of God. Whatever takes away from Christ and his work must be noted and avoided.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for DOCTRINE, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” 2Tim. 3: 16 KJV
“All scripture is given by God and is useful for TEACHING , for showing people what is  wrong in their lives, for correcting facts and for TEACHING how to live right. Using the scripture, the person who serves God will be capable, having all that is needed to do every good work. NCV
Once again, we have to remind ourselves that DOCTRINES are simply a body of instructions given to a set of devotees (disciples) to a particular course of faith. And this is very important such that we do not have to set instructions for the body of Christ that do not conform to thoughts, teachings and mind of the founder of the faith, that is Christ Jesus. For “other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” 1 Cor. 3:11
Essentially  therefore, we can see from the above quoted scripture that all that is needed both for right living, correction, revealing the mind and that which can cause man to become as the Christ are all embedded  in the scriptures, because they are the breath of God. And we found so much within the body of Christ today that goes for a so-called doctrine that do not in essence have scriptural backings, but a twisting of scriptures to validate human opinion and position through blind argument and faulty internal configurations, that pops up as divine revelations. This is why we have the multiplicity of doctrine that cannot yet cause the redeemed man to be properly conformed to the image of the Christ from which he fell. Listen: “ you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you LEARN more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you”  Col. 3:10 NLT. Let me say something here: you fell from the Christ nature through Adam, you did not fall from heaven, so you cannot be redeemed to go back to heaven, but you are redeemed – bought back so as to receive back your true nature so that you can have access to go back to the garden of Eden from where you were driven because of the fall. The Lord taking us to himself (Jn 14:3, Eph 5:26-27) should not be misunderstood to mean  our being taken away in a “rapture” but rather a receiving us to Himself to become one with Him as a grown bride to partake in communion of his nature in order that we might reveal His dominion on the earth. As we learn more about Him, through the right teachings – doctrine – then we will get conformed to His image. Doctrine is very important to the Christian walk and not just the mere teaching of Christian simpletons.        

TO BE CONTINUED                                                           OGAGA O. DAVID

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