Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

How important is Bible Doctrine?

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

“I have learned” – manthano, and “I know” – oida, introduces our first subject – the importance of doctrine.

JOH 18:38 “What is truth?”

“The way” = the entrance into the plan of God.
“The truth” = what we learn after we enter into the plan of God.
“The life” = the function that comes from truth or doctrine.

“The way” hodos = used for entrance into a systematic course of planning and action.

For the Church-age believer there is one baptism, the baptism of the Spirit, EPH 4:6;
1CO 12:13; GAL 3:26-28.

Everyone enters into the plan of God at exactly the same place – everyone has the same chance and the same opportunity to glorify God and become a winner – equal privilege, equal opportunity.

“Hodos” – the way = entrance into the plan of God, a plan that is already laid out, in which everything is provided, categorized by one word “grace.”

Aletheia = truth or doctrine taught categorically.

1TI 2:3-4 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

JOH 1:17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

Experiences may come in passing but, if I do not have truth, experiences and feelings though real can be false.

1. Truth – emeth = stability, certainty, trust, that which is faithful, stable and secure.
Dr. William Gesenius – Emeth means firmness, security and integrity of mind.

Aletheia = integrity of character, that which is faithful and certain. Thayer – That which frees the mind from pretence, deceit and falsehood.

2. Truth is said to have a price upon it –
PRO 23:23 Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.

The price of truth is humility, commitment, dedication and consistency.

3. Truth must be valued above money, riches and any form of prosperity.

PSA 119:127 Therefore I love Thy doctrines above gold, yes, above fine gold.
PSA 119:72 The doctrine of Thy mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

4. It is impossible to serve the Lord apart from truth being the motivator –
JOS 24:14 “Now, therefore, respect the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth;”

1SA 12:24 Only respect the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.

1KI 2:4 “If your sons are careful of their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.”

5. Truth gives us guidance and direction to worship God properly.

JOH 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in [the filling of the] spirit and truth[doctrine].

6. Truth is something we must be taught, it does not come naturally –
PSA 25:5 Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, for Thou art the God of my deliverance

JOH 8:31-32, Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, {then} you are truly disciples of Mine;”
and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

ISA 38:19parents are to make truth known to their children.
MAT 22:16our Lord taught the way of God in truth.
God’s will for all mankind is to “be saved and to come to the epignosis knowledge of the truth,” 1TI 2:4.

7. Truth protects us and keeps us from deception.
1CO 2:16 But we have the mind of Christ.
PHI 2:5 Have this mind in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

JOH 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

In the last days “truth” will be rejected and deception accepted, 2TH 2:7-12, 2TI 3:5-8, 2TI 4:1-4.

2TH 2:10-11, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false,

8. Truth is that which God desires in our life – PSA 51:6 Behold, Thou dost desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part Thou wilt make me know wisdom.

1CO 4:5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts;
JOH 12:48 “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.”

9. In His love God always reveals grace and mercy with His truth, 2PE 3:18, 2PE 3:18, PSA 85:10, PSA 85:11.

God’s righteousness is completely satisfied when He sees His truth in operation in man, PSA 40:10, PSA 40:11,JOH 1:14.

10. Truth cleanses us and purges us from sin – JOH 15:3 “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you”
JOH 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth.”

PRO 16:6 By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by respect for the Lord one keeps away from evil.
ZEC 8:19 “love truth and peace”

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