“So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”
Ephesians 4:14 ESV
Throughout last month, we learned about orthodoxy and the importance of oneness in the faith. We addressed so-called controversial topics in the Christian faith like baptism, circumcision and communion.
All these should teach us one thing; the Bible is not open to modification. For the integrity of the gospel to be preserved, the message must be unadulterated. While the presentation of the message might differ in delivery, the truth of the word should remain the same. If Jesus would be the same today as He was yesterday, then the message should be the same today as it was yesterday.
Why? Christianity is a historic faith with a definite origin. Think of it this way; Christianity and by extension, the Bible is God’s promises revealed by the prophets (Hebrews 1:1), fulfilled by Christ (Matthew 5:17, John 5:39), explained by the apostles (1 John 1:2), and passed down to us (Galatians 1:8-9, 2 Timothy 2:2).
As a believer, you should honour the written word and value it for your growth and that of others also. As our anchor scripture says, a good sign of growth is that you’re not “tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.” In your honour for the word, your response to wrong doctrines is to vehemently fight against it. This is how we contend for the faith!
“Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”
Jude 1:3 ESV
Paul was not tolerant of people who preached wrong doctrine. In Philippians 3:2, He referred to them as ‘dogs,’ ‘evildoers,’ “those who mutilate the flesh.” He warned Timothy further in 1 Timothy 6.
“If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing.”
1 Timothy 6:3-4B ESV
Dear believer, resolve to live for Jesus by growing in the word. Be mindful of the company you keep and guard your heart against error.
Defend the word like a soldier. In your heart first to yourself, and to others.
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 2:1-12, I Corinthians 4, Psalm 76, Joshua 10-12.