What is your doctrine?

My comment on another blog:

It’s good that the term ‘doctrine’ is being inspected under the surface: yes, it’s NT application was surely wider than it’s use today;


Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are–the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be muzzled, and come out of him!” And when the unclean spirit threw him into a convulsion, and crying out with a loud voice, came out from him. Then they were all amazed, so that they were disputing among themselves, saying, “What is this?

What new doctrine (didache) is this

, that He commands even the unclean spirits with authority, and they obey Him?”
(Mark 1:23-27)

Clearly, there was no separation between what a person taught and their actions; both, together, comprise our doctrine.

A man’s actions ’speak’ – represent what he believes.

In this sense, we can’t be other than ‘doctrinal’.

One Response to “What is your doctrine?”

  1. ianvincent Says:

    But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) resisted them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith. But Saul, who also is called Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and gazing intently at him, he said, “O full of all guile and all craft, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a season.” And immediately a mistiness and darkness fell upon him, and going about, he sought someone to lead him by the hand. Then when the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, being amazed at the doctrine (didache) of the Lord.
    (Act 13:8-12)

    That was an amazing ‘doctrine’, to be sure.

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